In 1983, a woman named Nancy Argentino was found dead in a Pennsylvania hotel room. Her injuries were consistent with a traumatic head injury but she also had signs of bruising on other parts of her body. Argentino’s boyfriend at the time was wrestling legend Superfly Jimmy Snuka. He was the one who found her, the one who called the ambulance that night.
Snuka claimed Argentino fell. He was never charged in her death. In a 1985 wrongful death civil case, Snuka was found guilty, ordered to pay $500,000 for Argentino’s death. He has yet to pay.
Fast forward some 30 years later and the cold case has been reopened.
Fueled by publicity surrounding the 30th anniversary of Argentino’s death in May 1983, Argentino-Urban and Salome sent a two-page letter to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin requesting another look at the case.
Despite his own doubts about the sisters’ contentions, Martin said the case would be reopened
…Earlier this year, Nancy’s sisters teamed with freelance writer Irv Muchnick, who had investigated the case years earlier for a magazine story.
On the 30th anniversary of Nancy’s death in May, they released the e-book: “Justice Denied: The Untold Story of Nancy Argentino’s Death in Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka’s Motel Rom.”
It appears nothing will come of the investigation. Snuka certainly does not have to answer questions and there’s no smoking gun in the case. What’s there is there. A woman died because of a blow to the head and nobody was found responsible for her death. That’s an ugly truth for the Argentino family and an ugly reminder that our justice system doesn’t always work.