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September 3, 2015

Article Looks at Vince McMahon’s Role in 1983 Snuka Murder Investigation

A 2013 article has resurfaced looking at Vince McMahon’s involvement in the 1983 investigation into the death of Jimmy Snuka’s girlfriend Nancy Argentino. As previously reported, Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death.

While McMahon’s participation in the investigation isn’t news, it’s also not as widely known as the allegations against Snuka. McMahon was part of the meeting that Snuka had with District Attorney William Platt (now a Pennsylvania Senior Superior Court judge), then-Assistant District Attorney Robert Steinberg and the medical examiner on June 1st, 1983. An excerpt of the article is below.

Whitehall Police Detectives Gerry Procanyn, Al Fritzinger and Vincent Geiger were also at the meeting, according to police records. There’s no official record of what was said and Snuka doesn’t remember much of what happened, according to his book. “All I remember is [McMahon] had a briefcase with him,” Snuka wrote in his autobiography. “I don’t know what happened. …The only thing I know for sure is I didn’t hurt Nancy.”

Steinberg, now a Lehigh County judge, said Snuka didn’t say much and McMahon “did all the talking.” “I remember Vince McMahon being what Vince McMahon has always been — very effusive. He was very protective, a showman,” Steinberg said, noting he couldn’t recall specifics of the conversation. “He was the mouthpiece, trying to direct the conversation.”

Procanyn said McMahon gave authorities the phone numbers of wrestlers and managers they wanted to speak with. Fritzinger could not be reached for comment and Geiger died in 1984. Platt wouldn’t comment when asked if Whitehall police pushed for charges to be filed.

WWE responded to the newly-resurfaced article with a statement, which reads as follows:

“The insinuation that a group of medical examiners, detectives and prosecutors – including two who became judges – could have their integrity compromised and participate in improper activity during the course of a meeting is absurd, categorically false and insulting to all parties.

We are hopeful that justice will prevail.”

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