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Author Campaigns to Have Natalie Wood Death Investigation Re-Opened

As the 30th anniversary of Natalie Wood‘s tragic drowning death looms, Canyon News columnist Tommy Garrett has news of renewed efforts to get to the bottom of what happened off the coast of California on November 29, 1981.

Author Marti Rulli and the actress’ sister Lana are pushing to have the closed investigation re-opened. Over the weekend, their signed statements, along with those of four others, were sent to LA County Sheriff Lee Baca. Also included was a copy of an online petition asking for the death investigation to be re-opened. Writes Garrett:

The package includes [Captain] Dennis Davern‘s full witness account; a statement from Marilyn Wayne, who heard Natalie’s cries for help but was never interviewed by authorities; one from Roger Smith, the Coast Guard captain who recovered Natalie’s body and believes she lived hours through the night in the cold ocean; and one from a licensed, certified psychologist.

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LA Writer-Producer Plans Casey Anthony Documentary

For many years, Canyon News columnist Tommy Garrett has been sharing idiosyncratic dispatches derived from his many other celebrity dealings as a publicist, actor, and so on. He’s got deep showbiz connections and a style reminiscent of George Christie‘s Hollywood Reporter heyday.

This week, TG has exclusive details about a new Casey Anthony documentary project. Writer-producer Alexandria Altman says she will be working with casting director Ricki Maslar, the mother-and-daughter author team of Claudette Walker and Matrix Filia, and an unnamed Chicago director. Garrett reports that Altman was so perturbed at first by the idea of doing an Anthony-themed project that it affected her personal health:

Having known Altman, I can report, even though she did not want me to, that after she finally was convinced to be a part of this project, she became extremely ill and was taken to the hospital. She became physically ill over the idea of dealing with the content and subject matter of the Caylee Anthony murder case, but felt a growing need to educate the public. “This is not exploitation, as you know, Tommy. I would never be a part of anything like that. Nor would the people involved with this project be a part of that as well,” said Alexandria.

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