Amy Fisher had a torrid affair with a married auto body shop owner in Massapequa, New York — and emerged a household name along with her lover Joey Buttafuoco and his wife, Mary Jo.
A seemingly simple, suburban tale reached a grisly climax on May 19, 1992 when 37-year-old Mary Jo Buttafuoco opened the door unwittingly to her husband’s teenage lover — and was shot in the face.
This gunshot wound, close to her right ear, was not fatal — against all odds, Mary Jo went through eight hours of surgery to repair her carotid artery, and survived.
The bullet was so close to her spinal cord that they never removed it. Mary Jo, now 63, is deaf in one ear, with part of her face paralyzed.
This photo of her gunshot wound shows the smaller-than-a-dime entry point for the bullet that never exited the body of the mother of two, the same bullet that Amy Fisher explained as an accident: that she was upset that Mary Jo was being dismissive of her, so she hit her in the face with the gun and it went off.
But investigators remained suspicious.
“We had the scans from the hospital which showed the trajectory of the bullet — which did not go in her head at an angle,” said Fred Klein, prosecutor, in the latest episode of “Snapped.”
An angled entry would have been consistent with being hit by a gun, said Klein, debunking the defense that the gun might have fired after clubbing Mary Jo in the face. The investigators could not find evidence of a blow to Mary Jo’s head.
The bullet would have gone off at an angle, if the gun had indeed gone off after striking her face, says Klein, and as you can tell from this photograph, it went straight in, all the way to near her spine where it remains lodged.
To learn more about this nationwide love triangle turned lethal, watch “Snapped” on Oxygen.
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