by Irvin Muchnick
Sources close to James B. Martin, the district attorney of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, have told Concussion Inc. that his office is moving toward taking a “fresh look” at the technically open, but long dormant, investigation of pro wrestling star Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s role in the death of Nancy Argentino 30 years ago at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Whitehall, just outside Allentown.
This development comes on the heels of the publication by Concussion Inc., on the May 10 anniversary of the 1983 incident, of the ebook JUSTICE DENIED: The Untold Story of Nancy Argentino’s Death in Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s Motel Room.
Our ebook — produced with the cooperation of Nancy’s surviving family members, with all proceeds benefiting the My Sister’s Place shelter and resource center for battered women in White Plains, New York– was quickly followed by front-page newspaper articles in the Allentown Morning Call and the Courier-Post of southern New Jersey, which explored the inconsistencies in Snuka’s account of his girlfriend’s fatal head injury.
According to our sources, district attorney Martin has told colleagues that he intends to ask his chief deputy, Charles F. Gallagher III, to revisit the Snuka case.
In June 1983, local law enforcement declined to press manslaughter or murder charges against Snuka, despite the medical examiner’s reported suspicion of foul play. In 1985 the Argentino family won a $500,000 wrongful-death default judgment — never paid by Snuka — in federal court in Philadelphia.
The Argentino family was motivated to produce JUSTICE DENIED by Snuka’s assertions, in his own recently published autobiography, of a false account of Nancy’s death.
* JUSTICE DENIED: The Untold Story of Nancy Argentino’s Death in Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s Motel Room
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* “Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka and the mysterious death of Nancy Argentino” by Adam Clark and Kevin Amerman, Allentown Morning Call, June 8, http://articles.mcall.com/2013-06-18/news/mc-jimmy-snuka-cold-case-20130608_1_snuka-hotel-room-don-muraco
* “‘Superfly’ Snuka’s career still overshadowed by a girlfriend’s death” by Randy Miller, Courier-Post, June 8, http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013306090044&odyssey=topicpage