Nearly 25 Years After Being Shot by Amy Fisher, Mary Jo Buttafuoco.
On May 19, 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot in the head on the front porch of her home in Massapequa, New York. The shooter: 17-year-old amy Fisher, a high school student who was having an affair with Mary Jo’s husband, Joey.
Miraculously, Mary Jo survived the attack. As the media swarmed their quiet neighborhood, all three members of the lover’s triangle became nationally-known personalities. Fisher was dubbed the “Long Island Lolita.” With his tough-talking exterior, Joey was known as the villain. And Mary Jo was considered the innocent housewife caught up in her husband’s infidelities.
Mary Jo Buttafuoco
Now 62, Mary Jo has moved on with her life. She divorced her husband in 2003, and is living a quiet life away from the spotlight — except for the occasional TV appearance.
In 2010, she released a book, Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know.
She still grapples with her injuries: she is partially paralyzed on one side of her face and deaf in one ear. Because surgery would have been too dangerous, the bullet remains lodged in her neck.
After spending seven years in jail for assault, Fisher was released in 1999. She briefly worked as a columnist for the Long Island Press. She married Louis Bellera in 2003 and had three children. (The couple divorced last year.) She wrote a 2004 book about her experiences, If I Knew Then.
In 2007, after a sex tape emerged, Fisher began a brief career in adult entertainment. She starred in her own pay-per-view adult film entitled Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed, and made a handful of other adult movies. She walked away from the industry in 2011.