What kind of 36-year old sleazeball has an affair with a teenage girl? Joey. That's him over on the left.
Unfortunately, the girl he was seeing was a nutball herself. Amy Fisher was young Jewish girl who, when she was 16, damaged her parents' car. She took the car to Joey's shop and asked him to fix it without telling her parents so she wouldn't get in trouble. Joey, sensing an opportunity, agreed to do that. And more. After fixing the car, Joey returned it to 16-year old Amy and hit on her. The two started having sex. Frequently.
Miraculously, even though a bullet entered her skull, Mary Jo survived. Without any damage. She had a bullet lodged in her brain but it didn't harm her.
The story became a huge media sensation. Everyone had an opinion on who was right and who was wrong. Since sexism and the cultural stereotypes of Italian-American men and Jewish women were prevalent then, people expressed their views with reference to these ideas.
Amy plead guilty to attempted murder and ended up serving seven years. Joey was charged with statutory rape (since Amy was a minor) and served six months in prison. Both exploited their popularity with books, paid interviews, paid appearances, etc. Later on, both did ignoble things like Amy starting a porn website and Joey, in a celebrity match, boxed a female pro wrestler. Joey also spent more time in prison for insurance fraud and soliciting a prostitute.
For over a decade, whenever I'd mention to anyone that I came from Long Island, they'd go -- "Oh, do you know Joey Buttafuoco?" And I'd cringe. Joey and Amy are nobody's choice for representative of their hometown.
Have you heard this story?