In August of 2008, when John Steven Burgess is arrested and charged with the disappearance of Donna Jou [picture left], he posts $250,000 in cash as bond. This man does not have 2 nickels to his name. No source of documented income. He owns no property. How is able to post that much cash? In addition, a heavy hitter lawyer initially represents him to the tune of approximately $60,000 during some of the court hearings. That is until Burgess signs papers releasing the attorney and represents himself.
The world is now buzzing about what "could have" happened aboard the yacht Splendour the night Natalie Wood's body was found in the water, on November 28, 1981. Last month the LAPD announced they have re-opened the case. There is no disrespect meant when I ask the million dollar question, why? Wasn't the investigation into her death ruled an accident? Does anyone really believe after so many years, her husband actor Robert Wagner, if considered a suspect,after 30 years, would be charged? The answer, highly unlikely.
Robert Wagner's theory is that Wood tried either to leave the yacht or to secure a dinghy from banging against the hull when she accidentally slipped and fell overboard. When her body was found a mile from the dinghy on Sunday afternoon, she was wearing a down jacket, a nightgown, and socks. A woman on a nearby yacht reported she had heard a woman calling for help at around midnight. The Actresses body was found off Catalina Island approximately a mile away from where the Splendour yacht was anchored. The coroner ruled her death an accident following his investigation. According to the autopsy report, Wood had dozens of bruises on her body, including injuries to her face and arms.
Karim Pirani, Founder of SafeList and Donna's father, Reza Jou will join Dr. Laurie Roth and Susan Murphy Milano to bring unanswered questions to the public about what happened to Donna Jou.