by Irvin Muchnick
Thank you to Greg Oliver of the Canada-based site SLAM! Wrestling for providing the third-party platform for my instant analysis of last night’s mangled and unethical Dark Side of the Ring After Dark panel discussion, in which the VICE TV producers censored my purported “live-to-tape” interview on the nefarious ways of the Allentown Morning Call, the Whitehall Township police, and the Lehigh County district attorney’s office.
In the year 2020, that is the real story — not the Dark Side and Morning Call reporters’ hype of the too-little, too-late, justice-delayed-justice-denied failed prosecution of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who likely murdered Nancy Argentino in 1983 and died in disgrace in 2017.
Those of you who have not gotten around to reading my SLAM! piece this morning can view it at https://slamwrestling.net/index.php/2020/04/15/guest-column-dark-side-of-the-ring-blandly-convicts-snuka-in-the-court-of-public-opinion-blanket-censoring-the-whole-story/.
Thanks, too, to the many of you who have sent me kind comments on Twitter and email.
The next step here is the introduction of a long retrospective series from the reporter who cracked the Snuka story 28 years ago and is still the only journalist to pursue its through-lines.
Those of you who can’t wait for the full rollout of the series are invited to plug into the search bar at my website (found at either https://concussioninc.net/?page_id=2359 or https://concussioninc.net/?page_id=15) “Snuka,” “Gerald Procanyn,” “James Martin,” “Allentown Morning Call,” and other appropriate terms. My aging fingers are typing as fast as they can.
Look for the full-text publication, in installments, of everything I said that Dark Side of the Ring After Dark snipped out of last night’s broadcast with all the subtlety of Kim Jong-un. Look, too, for topical repurposing of such past coverage themes as:
WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal (ECW Press, 2007)
JUSTICE DENIED: The Untold Story of Nancy Argentino’s Death in Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s Motel Room (ebook, 2013)