On May 19, 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was inside her home in Massapequa, New York, when the doorbell rang. Seconds later, she was standing face to face with Amy Fisher, a 17-year-old high school student who had been having an affair with her husband, Joey.
As the bizarre confrontation was seemingly ending, Mary Jo Buttafuoco turned away — just seconds before Fisher shot her in the head. Miraculously, Buttafuoco survived the attack, and months later, Fisher pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and served seven years in prison.
Overnight, the story became international news. The media frenzy was so feverish that the story spawned three TV movies, two of which aired on the same night. (Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story starred Alyssa Milano; The Amy Fisher Story starred Drew Barrymore.) The last name “Buttafuoco” became a punchline.