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APRIL 26 — Author and journalist Irvin Muchnick, in association with the surviving sisters and mother of Nancy Argentino — the 23-year-old woman who died in 1983 under mysterious circumstances that many observers believe should have resulted in the criminal indictment of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka — has announced the upcoming publication of an ebook about the incident.
Muchnick and the Argentinos have pledged 100 percent of the Amazon Kindle royalties and related revenue streams from JUSTICE DENIED: The Untold Story of Nancy Argentino’s Death in Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s Motel Room, to My Sisters’ Place, a battered women’s shelter and resource center in White Plains, New York.
Nancy Argentino died from a head injury evidently sustained in a room she was sharing with wrestler Snuka at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, just outside Allentown. May 10 marks the 30th anniversary of the incident, which has gained renewed media attention in the wake of the inaccurate account given by Snuka, now 69 years old, in his recently published autobiography. JUSTICE DENIED will be published May 10.
In 1992, Muchnick wrote the most authoritative piece of journalism on the episode. The article was commissioned but never published by New York’s Village Voice. Muchnick published the story on his website several years later, and it was included in his 2007 book Wrestling Babylon (ECW Press).
“The Snuka piece is one of the most important and widely discussed of my career,” Muchnick said. “After years of pirated versions and uninformed commentary about it on the Internet, I am pleased to have this opportunity to publish a clearly authorized, annotated, and updated chronicle of Allentown ’83. Above all, I am humbled to join Nancy Argentino’s loved ones in raising awareness of violence against women and in helping give her a lasting and meaningful legacy.”
The Argentino family released this statement: “It is a privilege to be part of this heartfelt project. We believe this story will provide an honest look into the life of our departed sister and daughter Nancy. We honor Nancy’s memory in donating the proceeds of this story to help prevent, protect against, and prevail over domestic violence.”
For more than 36 years, My Sisters’ Place (MSP) has worked to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence on women and children throughout Westchester County and the surrounding region. MSP has evolved from a grassroots task force and drop-in center into a cutting-edge leader and resource in the field of domestic violence advocacy, shelter and legal services, and education and prevention. Based on the tenet of taking a holistic approach and addressing the root causes of family violence, MSP is continually expanding in order to effectively respond to the increasing and changing needs of individuals in crisis. For more information, see http://mspny.org.
For further details on JUSTICE DENIED prior to publication, follow Muchnick’s website, https://concussioninc.net. Greg Oliver, producer of the popular wrestling news site SLAM! Wrestling (http://slam.ca), said the site plans to publish an excerpt of the ebook in the coming weeks.