With the recent events regarding the arrest of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka for the murder of his then-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in 1983. Snuka was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for what happened over 30 years ago.
According to the Associated Press, Snuka, who had been at a World Wrestling Federation (Now called World Wrestling Entertainment) taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Pennsylvania, told local police that he had returned to the couple’s Whitehall Township hotel room to find her unresponsive in bed. She was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours later. An autopsy later determined she died of traumatic brain injuries and had more than three dozen cuts and bruises, and concluded her injuries were consistent with being hit with a stationary object. At the time, a forensic pathologist wrote that the case should be investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise, according to a grand jury report released earlier today. But unfortunately, the investigation went cold for 30 years.
A June 2013 investigation by The Morning Call of Allentown raised questions about the case. Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin told the paper last year that Argentino’s sisters approached him after the story ran, prompting him to give the case another look. The grand jury’s report said Snuka had provided more than a half-dozen shifting accounts of Argentino’s injuries, at first telling paramedics he hit her during an argument outside their hotel room and that she struck her head on concrete, then claiming to police she slipped and fell during a bathroom break on their way to the hotel.
The grand jury also said it heard evidence that Snuka beat Argentino in a hotel room in Syracuse, New York, in January 1983 — four months before her death — and repeatedly assaulted his wife, Sharon, in the fall of 1993.
Snuka is fighting stomach cancer and had long since maintained his innocence for this actions, even writing about it in his 2012 autobiography. And while WWE isn’t banning him like they did Hulk Hogan last month, they will see how things play out. In a statement, WWE stated the following; “WWE expresses its continued sympathy to the Argentino family for their loss. Ultimately this legal matter will be decided by our judicial system.”
While the Superfly’s past is catching up to him big time, it is unclear whether or not to honor his accomplishments at this time. Will he have his Hall of Fame credentials be taken away if he is guilty? I’m not sure. But one thing is certain, he’s not gonna be the same man again after all of this.
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