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AUGUST 31, 2009—The Chris Benoit case amounted to “a conspiracy between those who care too much about wrestling and those who care too little,” author Irvin Muchnick writes in the Introduction of his forthcoming book, CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death.

“Let’s tell and retell the Chris Benoit story in the hope that it will eventually make enough of the right people care in just the right amounts,” the Introduction concludes.

CHRIS & NANCY, published by ECW Press, will be in bookstores in late October. The full Introduction can be viewed at

Muchnick says the twin missions of CHRIS & NANCY are “to compile a comprehensive and accurate history” of the tragic events of June 2007 and to shed light on the pandemic of death in pro wrestling, which he labels “a generation-long legacy of shame.”

CHRIS & NANCY opens with a Foreword by award-winning New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick (no relation to author Muchnick), which can be viewed at

A two-page sample of the book’s 16-page color photo section is at (low-resolution version) or (high-resolution version — long download time).

For complete pre-order information, including international links to, go to

To reserve an autographed copy of CHRIS & NANCY direct from the author, send $19.95 via PayPal to or via postal mail (U.S. funds only) to:

Benoit Book

P.O. Box 9629

Berkeley, CA 94709

All U.S. orders of autographed copies direct from the author will be at the American retail price of $19.95, with free standard shipping to U.S. addresses. Prices for Canadian and other foreign orders will be published at a later date.

Irvin Muchnick is author of WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, and a widely published magazine journalist. He is lead respondent of the current landmark case for freelance writers’ rights, Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, in which oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court is set for October 7.

Media inquiries:

Irvin Muchnick

Simon Ware

Publicity Director

ECW Press






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