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Wood From page 1 Walken that fateful night. Doug Bombard told CBS news that he thought it was all a tragic accident. He said the water was rough, and thought the dinghy may have been banging against the side of the boat. He told Channel 2, "I think she got up, to tie the dinghy ... and she either slipped or maybe the dinghy pulled her and she went overboard there and she drowned." One of the most troubling as- pects of media spin surrounding the story's resurrection (was that in poor taste?) involves a "witness" who heard calls for help that night. Here is a Yahoo! News account from this week: California resident Marilyn Wayne, who was moored in the same area that night- approximately 40 yards away.., said she heard a woman's cries for help. "A woman's voice, crying for help from drown- ing awakened John [Payne], and he awakened me. 'Help me, someone please help me, I'm drowning' we heard repeatedly. According to Wayne's state- ment, Payne tumed on the sail- boat's beam light and played it over the area while she went up onto the deck, though it was dark and damp and she says that she was unable to see anything. "While listening to the cries, we called the harbor patrol but no one answered. Then we called the sheriff's office in Avalon, 12 miles away. Whoever answered told us a helicopter would be sent, but it did not come. "We heard loud music coming from somewhere, so thought there was a party on a nearby boat," the statement said. "Then I heard a man's voice, slurred, and in ag- gravated tone, say something to Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Dan Teckenoff dan@cinews.us EdRt Dennis Kaiser :. ed@cinews.us OIlce Mamlger Jennifer Leonhardi manager@cinews.us A.oumking Judy Murray j udy@localnew spapers.org Advertising DISPLAY I CLASSIFIEDS I OBITUARIES manager@cinews.us 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 9o7o41 Otto) st0.osgo FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADUNES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Adver- tis!ng: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday ] Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Cass Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Corporation. Executive Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@cinews.us CATALINA ISLANDER IUSPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree NO. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the PetiUon for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at !01 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon. CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina IsMnder are copy- righted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. / PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER C. PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION the effect of, 'Oh, hold on, we're coming to get you,' and not long after, the cries for help subsided, but we heard the cries for up to 15 minutes. We returned to bed, ter- ribly disturbed." Wayne went on tO-say that she "doesn't believe the initial investi- gation was thorough enough, that police never interviewed her and that she received was no urgency or immediacy in theh" shouts." And some questions I would love to ask Ms. Wayne: You called the Harbor, and no one answered? You called Avalon for a helicopter, and it never came? We just ignored you? And finally, if you really received a threatening note in- volving a potential celebrity murder and cover up, wouldn't you either a) fear for a threatening note cautioning her to keep quiet about what she knew." Shocking. " And everyone is talking about it. Now, com- pare it to her account in 1981. The original Times article cov- ers the cries for help, but when Wayne was asked then why they didn't help, she said, "It was laid back. There yourself and never tell anyone, or b) produre the note? Who would both break silence and risk retribution, and then not produce the note? The same goes Chris Blehm " for Davern. If he Columnist covered up a mur- der out of.a com- bination of greed and fear (which, while neither legal nor right, is at ! Clockwise from left: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, Doug Bombard and Wagner's yacht "Splendour". least fathomable), why wouldn't he keep quiet? And ifhe's decided it's time to come clean and speak, why not come clean and speak? If he's that deeply bothered by what happened, why not make a full dis- closure and try. to'help? It seems that the folks talking now are the ones changing their stories, and further, that they're talking just enough to get their names in the news, but not enough to actually help an investigation. If our star witness thought something was truly wrong, why did she g back to bed? If she thought, as she said in 1981, that it wasn't urgent (enough so that she went to sleep), why is she deeply troubled now? However, while the investigation of 30 years ago may have missed a crime, I think it at least as likely that people in a position to profit are manipulating the bloodthirsty, rush- to-judgment, print-anything media. Where is the integrity of the press when all it takes to make the front page is a sensationalist claim? A woman claims that Justin Bieber fathered her child. Despite all credible accounts that they never even met, the press slaps it on the front page until Bieber's attorneys call her out, then she recants. That doesn't take the headline down. Geraldo Rivera claims he's found AI Capone's secret crypt, and all the stations line up to watch--with no fact checking. The Kardashians sneeze and it hits the crawl in 10 seconds,,vith no regard for what is being said, or, quite frankly, why we should give a damn in the first place. A news station called the Islander this week and said, "We think this Natalie Wood story is really impor: tant, find us someone to interview." They couldn't care less who they in- terview, how credible the statements will be, or what relationship to the truth whatever they vomit all over us contains. Just 'Tlnd us someone for our story." How admirable. Has anyone else compared what was said in 1981 to what is being said now? Has anyone else realized that those who 'tfied" or are "try- ing" to help, are doing just enough to help only ... themselves? If they wanted to help, the time is not for profit now, not for our ridiculous press to pander to them, not for the spotlight. The time was that night, and nothing should've stopped them. Now the only people who care have dollar signs in their eyes, not life preservers. Christopher Blehm is a regular columnist. His novel,. "Mercy of the Elements," is available at Sugarloaf Steamer Trunk, Scuba Luv, and on Kindle. History. From page 1 rector of Development and Mem- bership at the Museum. "We want to celebratethe holiday season and our successes of the year with all of our members and patrons." The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and the rich history of Santa Catalina Island. It is located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casin9, and is open seven days a week, from t 0 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the Mu- seum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its Web site: CatalinaMuseum.org. Before you go back  to the mainland.., take a little Catalina with you. 'F6 Subscribe Today. CII,]IB] IS[I]IDI3B P.O. Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Fax: (310) 510-2882 2 Friday, November 25, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER