The “love story” between Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher became one of the 90’s most infamous love triangles. Amy, known as the Long Island Lolita, met Joey Buttafuoco, an auto body shop owner from Massapequa, New York when she was just 16. Her father brought the family Cadillac into the shop for a repair. Joey was 38 when Amy’s dad introduced her to him.
Amy started taking her own car, a Dodge Daytona, into Joey’s shop for cosmetic work. The two soon began an 18-month long affair.
Eventually Joey ended the relationship, choosing his wife Mary Jo over Amy. The teen didn’t take it well. On May 19, 1992, Amy, then 17, knocked on Mary Jo’s door, and told her that Joey was having an affair with her 16-year-old sister. Mary Jo told Amy to leave, and Amy shot her in the face, according to People.
The media was absolutely obsessed with the case. Homicide detective Daniel Severin called it one of the "most bizarre in years," according to Rolling Stone. It inspired the 1993 American made for TV movie “The Amy Fisher story,” starring 18-year-old Drew Barrymore as Amy. The film was produced by and aired on ABC.
The names Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher definitely became household ones in the '90s.
Amy was sentenced to seven years for the first-degree murder attempt and was released from prison in 1999. In 2007, Fisher began a brief career in the adult entertainment industry, which was prompted by a sex tape. She starred in her own pay-per-view adult film Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed.
Joey served six months for having sex with a minor, according to The New York Times. Mary Jo survived the shooting but suffered paralysis on one side of her face as well as hearing issues. Originally, she thought Amy was lying. The injured wife initially told reporters according to TIME, “If I really believed Joey Buttafuoco had an affair with Amy Fisher, I'd cut his testicles off.”
She divorced Joey in 2003. In 2010, she released a book called Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know. A bullet still remains lodged in her neck as surgery to remove it would be too dangerous.
In a 2008 interview, Amy expressed little sympathy for the woman she shot.
"I feel no sympathy for Mary Jo the multimillionaire,” she told a reporter. “The fact that Mary Jo has a bullet in her head means nothing! I still have silicone in my boobs, and you don't hear me complaining. She can't feel her bullet, and I can't feel my silicone.”
Earlier this year, the New York Post reported that Amy was hosting racy online peep shows out of her home.
Joey remarried and has appeared in television shows like Celebrity Boxing, Judge Janine Pirro, and Judge Alex.
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