The most shocking and fascinating cases covered over the past few decades by Oxygen’s hit show, “Snapped” — including Amy Fisher, Cynthia Alvarez, and the infamous “Hollywood Ripper” — are coming straight to your phone this season.
On Thursday, Season 2 of “Snapped” on Snapchat premiered on the popular multimedia messaging app with an episode about the patricide case involving Thomas Gilbert Jr. “Snapped” on Snapchat takes a look back at some of the most popular episodes of Oxygen’s iconic series, which details notorious stories of people who snap and kill or at least try to. “Snapped” has aired more than 500 episodes over 28 seasons, and “Snapped” on Snapchat, which was watched by millions in its premiere season, pares some of the most fascinating episodes down to six- to nine-minute episodes; the upcoming April 1 episode looks back at the notorious Amy Fisher case, one of the major news stories of the 1990s.
It was on May 19, 1992, when a jealous teenager’s brash act of violence thrust her shadowy affair with a local mechanic into the national spotlight. Amy Fisher was 17 years old when she arrived at the Merrick, New York home Mary Jo Buttafuoco shared with her husband, Joey Buttafuoco, carrying a .25-caliber handgun. Fisher had been carrying on an affair with the local mechanic and had apparently decided that his wife was the only thing standing in the way of them being together.
Fisher’s attack on Mary Jo, in which she struck her twice with the .25 then shot her in the head, became a national sensation as the details of the crime and affair unfolded in the media and in court. Oxygen’s “Snapped” on Snapchat episode details the case, with Mary Jo Buttafuoco, who survived, shedding light on her side of the scandal that rocked America.
The “Hollywood Ripper,” the notorious killer whose criminal history dates back to the 1990s and whose murderous streak then stretched on for the next 15 years, is also featured in Season 2 of “Snapped” on Snapchat. From 1993 to 2008, Michael Gargiulo stalked and murdered three charismatic, outgoing young women, and tried to kill a fourth — but the case only grabbed headlines when a chance connection tied one victim to Ashton Kutcher, who had planned a date with the actor the night she was killed.
Season 2 will also look at the shocking case of Cynthia Alvarez, who along with her boyfriend, Giovanni Gallardo, murdered her mother and stepfather, Gloria Villalta and Jose Lara, at their southern California home — then went shopping for a Halloween party with Villalta’s dead body in the backseat of their car. The violent crime — which Alvarez said at trial came after a lifetime of beatings, druggings, and sexual abuse — led the two to be sentenced to life in prison in 2014.
New episodes of Season 2 of “Snapped” on Snapchat will premiere on the app every Thursday. The app can be downloaded here. You can watch episode 1 on the Thomas Gilbert Jr. case here. And the Amy Fisher episode is available here.
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