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Bill's Roundup: About That Natalie Wood Case

30 November 2011  
The Natalie Wood case has been reopened for investigation. Retired Detective Duane Rasure talks about his original findings.

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Photo by Jack Mitchell from Wikipedia.
The Better Business Bureau is issuing a scam alert regarding a malicious letter. Bureau officials note an e-mail that is claiming to be from a bbb.org address is in regards to a recently filed complaint and appears to direct recipients to the Bureau website. However, the e-mail contains a dangerous attachment and officials are strongly urging business owners and consumers not to open the e-mail attachment or its link. Anyone who has received this e-mail should disregard its message, but those who have clicked on the link should do a virus scan immediately. Bureau officials add they don’t send complaints as attachments.

A father and his son are facing alleged assault, kidnapping and burglary charges. One week ago, Cottonwood Police arrested 46 year old Jerry Mangus, Sr and Jerry Magnus Junior following a reported home invasion on November 15th. The 42 year old male victim reported that 2 adult white males kicked in the door to his residence in the 800 block of North 6th Street and severely assaulted him. The victim provided a description of the suspects and was later transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center Emergency Room with extensive bruising and bleeding. A search warrant executed at the Mangus home yielded evidence in addition to evidence that was seized from the scene. The motive for the assault is unclear.

A recent national auto commercial filming has paid off for Prescott. The City’s Film Office has reported a commercial that was filmed by Square Planet Media in and around the downtown area grossed nearly 14 thousand dollars of combined employment and sales income. This doesn’t include a 12 hundred dollar donation to the Prescott Downtown Partnership to extend the flower basket program to North Cortez Street and South Montezuma, crew shopping expeditions on Whiskey Row and permits taken out through non-city organizations such as the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Prescott National Forest. City officials add the story had a Hollywood ending, since when the director was told one of the middle school students in attendance at the shoot was a show biz hopeful, he arranged for the youngster to sit in the front seat of the company’s $1 million custom built Mercedes camera car and control the shots.

The Arizona Sundogs are back on the road again. The Sundogs take on the Laredo Bucks at 6 tonight and all the live action can be heard on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL or online at cattlecountryradio.com. Arizona last visited Laredo on November 9th and suffered a 6 to 3 loss. Coach Marco Pietroniro explains what the preparations for this game will entail.

The Central Hockey League has announced disciplinary actions following Arizona’s 2 to nothing shutout loss to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees last Saturday night. Following a fight that took place after Rio Grande Valley scored its first goal, Sundogs forward Patrick Schafer has been suspended for 4 games starting tonight as a consequence of leaving the bench and starting an altercation. In addition, Pietroniro and Killer Bees Head Coach Terry Ruskowski, who was kicked out of the game, have been fined an undisclosed amount of money, as has the Sundogs organization.

While the Arizona Sundogs are away, the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks will play. Doors open at Tim’s Toyota Center at 6 tonight for the inaugural Lumberjack Basketball classic. Tickets are still available at the Center Box Office, online at gettix.net or by calling 866-443-8849. NAU is playing the Brigham Young University Cougars at 7. The Lumberjacks haven’t played a game of this magnitude so close to home since 1990, when they fell to the second ranked Arizona Wildcats in Flagstaff. The Prescott Valley event will only be the second all time meeting between the teams, with the previous game taking place in Flagstaff in 1946. The lumberjacks won that one 54 to 31. NAU played at Tim’s Toyota Center last year, defeating Alabama State 74 to 46.

The lead detective on the original Natalie Wood investigation believes Wood’s death was nothing more than a tragic accident. Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the death of 43 year old actress Natalie Wood, who had appeared in such films as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Rebel without a Cause” and “West Side Story.” Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced it was reopening the case in the death of Wood, who drowned off Santa Catalina Island while on an outing on her yacht Splendour with her husband, actor Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
Retired Detective Duane Rasure, who now makes his home in Prescott Valley, explains he didn’t suspect murder then and he doesn’t now.

Officials had indicated they were reopening this case due to new information they had received from several people, including yacht Captain Dennis Davern. Rasure doubts there will be a different result.

Rasure, who has discussed the case recently on such shows as “Geraldo at Large” and “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” describes how he got involved in the original case.

Rasure adds he responded to this case as a drowning, not a murder case at all. As he proceeded with his investigation, all the evidence pointed to a drowning and the death was ruled accidental. Rasure says he stands by his report from 30 years ago.

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