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Strange Country Ep. 231: Natalie Wood

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Release Date: 07/07/2022

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The mystery surrounding Natalie Wood’s death continues to captivate 40 years after the fact. The answer to the question, why was Natalie Wood in the Pacific Ocean on a late, cold drizzly night, has never been sufficiently answered. Theories abound though, and Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly discuss these theories while performing possibly the best Christopher Walken impression in history.

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Jorge Xavier Camacho, opinion contributor. (2022, June 18). Expected reversal of Miranda requires states to step up on policing. The Hill. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://thehill.com/opinion/congress-blog/3517724-expected-reversal-of-miranda-requires-states-to-step-up-on-policing/ 

Mac, R., & Yaffe-bellany, D. (2022, June 15). Inside a corporate culture war stoked by a crypto C.E.O. The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/15/technology/kraken-crypto-culture.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage§ion=Business 

Margaritoff, M. (2022, April 26). Natalie Wood's death was ruled an accidental drowning - but that didn't explain the bruises. All That's Interesting. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://allthatsinteresting.com/natalie-wood-death 

McClure, K. (2022, May 28). Will we ever know what really happened to Natalie Wood? Salon. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://www.salon.com/2022/05/28/robert-wagner-officially-cleared-as-suspect-in-mysterious-of-natalie-wood/ 

Perroni, S. A. (2022). Brainstorm: An investigation of the mysterious death of film star Natalie Wood. Post Hill Press. 

Schulman, M. (2020, May 5). HBO's new Natalie Wood documentary doesn't have the answers. The New Yorker. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-new-natalie-wood-documentary-doesnt-have-the-answers 

T., N. T., & DiMona, J. (2014). Natalie Wood. In Coroner, book 1. essay, Open Road Media. 

Wagner, N. G. (2020). Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind. HBO Max

Walsh, S. (2021, November 4). Natalie Wood was raped by Kirk Douglas, her sister alleges in a new book. Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/11/natalie-wood-was-raped-by-kirk-douglas-her-sister-alleges-in-a-new-book 

Wood, L. (2021). Little sister: My investigation into the mysterious death of Natalie Wood. HarperCollins. 

Yahr, Emily. "Five takeaways from HBO's Natalie Wood film, which slams rumors that Robert Wagner was involved in her death." Washington Post, 6 May 2020. Gale OneFile: News, link-gale-cay.orc.scoolaid.net/apps/doc/A622822055/STND?u=nysl_sc_ahs&sid=bookmark-STND&xid=2114f29f. Accessed 14 June 2022.