May marks the anniversary of the Long Island Lolita Scandal, aka the bizarre love ballad of Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco. Here’s the abbreviated version of what went down.
Flashback to 1991: That’s 23 years ago–or the equivalent of one Jennifer Lawrence, if you’re counting.
Amy Fisher was your typical 16-year-old aspiring murderer. She borrowed her dad’s car and messed it all up.
Now, she didn’t want to get in trouble, so she took the car to a local body shop, and that’s where she met her dreamboat: The owner, Joey Buttafuoco.
Though the middle-aged Buttafuoco was married (and middle-aged, did we mention that?), the two started having an affair. Soon after, Amy noticed she had a rash and alleged Buttafuoco gave her herpes.
As the affair went on, Amy grew increasingly possessive of Joey. She gave Joey an ultimatum but was heartbroken when Joey chose his wife over Amy. Though the two broke up, they got back together after a few months.
One day Amy went to get her hair done and the hairdresser mentioned she wanted to shoot her boyfriend’s lover. This gave Amy an idea.
On May 19, 1992, Amy pulled up to Joey’s house. When Joey’s wife answered the door, Amy was all like “blahrghhhh” and his wife, Mary Jo, was like “um wat?” Mary Jo headed back in the house, and that’s when Amy shot her in the head.
Mary Jo survived, and Amy was charged with attempted murder. She spent seven years in jail. Joey was charged with statutory rape and served six months in prison. Despite Amy’s claims, police found no evidence linking Joey to the attempted murder.
Amy went on to become an adult film actress. Joey went on to appear on a bunch of court TV shows and at one point got charged with insurance fraud. Ah, love in the 90’s…