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Commenters engaged in a spirited debate about the reopened case of Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning. Los Angeles County authorities announced Friday that actor Robert Wagner wasn't a suspect, but authorities have received "substantial" new information to initiate a new inquiry.
Readers theorized about the three men on the Catalina Island yacht with Wood that night: Wagner, Dennis Davern (the captain), and actor Christopher Walken.
"There are a lot of holes here," said billybob22. "Probably some of them will never be answered. However, the things that don't add up should be looked into. Whose story is correct? The captain, Wagner or neither? Wagner's responses, at least from this article, look very suspicious, so I don't know. I suppose the only thing is to remember the lovely actress whose life came to a horrible end that night."
SmartDummy replied, "The way I see it, if they haven't figured it out after 30 years, they won't now. I think there's another motive behind this investigation."
allycat52 said, "I think the bruises that were stated to be found on Wood during the autopsy are a telltale sign that there most likely was foul play. I don't understand why it wasn't assumed suspicious at the time. I think Wagner has some big-time explaining to do. Natalie's ghost has probably been haunting him all these years."
DownByTheSea was one of the commenters wondering about the captain of the yacht. "You are going on the word of the captain, who seemingly has something to gain. Perhaps he did it, it is just as likely. Just because he was a 'captain' doesn't mean anything. He was just some guy they hired to steer a boat. Beautiful woman on board, beautiful woman mad at her husband ... alcohol. Some men might see an opportunity. Just saying. There were three men on that boat."
A few people wondered what Christopher Walken might know.
Jag0419: "Can somebody please find Christopher Walken??? It seems he's the only person present that night who hasn't talked, written a book or otherwise profited from her tragic demise."
CAmomontheru: "I've always admired him both as an actor and as a person. You won't see him out there trying to tell his side of the story for profit. You'll probably see it in testimony only."
Some questioned the reasoning of reopening such an old case. David2100 said, "It's a good thing that LA has a low crime rate, so they can work on 30-year-old cases."
In other news ...
Readers reacted to some other stories that were heavily viewed Friday. Here's a quick peek:
Many big banks are rushing to lay off workers, and an estimated 75,000 job cuts have already been announced. This is a busy season as companies seek to make cuts ahead of the holidays and year's end. Many commenters criticized the companies' management practices, and some connected the cuts to Occupy Wall Street.
"The job creators are at it again," said gremmie69. "If they keep creating jobs at this rate, the entire country will be on unemployment in time for Christmas. This is our reward for bailing the banks out after they gambled with our money and lost. And people wonder why Americans are protesting Wall Street."
But sladejim said, "Look, there are plenty of countries that don't embrace capitalism. "If you don't like one that does then choose one that doesn't. But keep in mind, you may not be able to get Starbucks there."
We also heard about layoffs from the perspective of the person handing out the pink slips, leading to an interesting exchange in the middle of one thread:
bjj: "Do you actually think people enjoy laying people off? Have you ever had to? I once laid off 60 people in one day, 5 minutes per person for 5 hours. When I was done I spent an hour in the restroom throwing up, and felt like hell for a month."
Theoldchief: "They aren't people to them. When you lay off employees by the thousands, they become nothing more than numbers that affect the bottom line. If they were looked at as individuals, I'm sure there would be more reactions similar to bjj's."
Physicists say they have been able to confirm a previous test showing that tiny particles called neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light, thus challenging Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity. Of course, a lot of research remains to be done.
jj said what many others also expressed: "I am so awed by the scientists researching the mysteries of the universe. The new physics changes everything."
Others said Einstein was not infallible.
N49: "Yes...Einstein can be wrong. He has become this mythical, supernatural being whose hypothesis became laws. Like Jesus, the myth and image surrounding this man has evolved over time into something that is so far from reality."
Mikeinfc: "Even Einstein was smart enough to admit that his theories were in fact theories, because the science to prove or disprove them didn't exist yet."
Commenters bounced physics concepts around and talked about scientific thinking itself.
erimano: "I bet you if Einstein had the computers we have today we would be even further in our knowledge of physics."
Duckmanbill: "What makes you say that? Einstein's true genius was in his ability to perform thought experiments. Don't need computers for that."
Sam I. Am: "Yeah, I agree. People like Newton, Einstein and Hawking (to name but a few) think on a whole different level! Newton INVENTED differential calculus, Einstein's space/time & relativity ideas, and Hawking's ideas on the structure of the universe, black holes, etc. ... and that was from a book in layman's terms I once read. Really mind-warping! (For me at least!)"
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