David Koresh was one of the most well-known cult leaders of the 20th century, amassing hundreds of followers as the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect.
Still, many Americans heard his name for the first time in 1993, when federal authorities suspected his group of weapons violations, leading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to obtain a search and arrest warrant to raid their compound, the Mount Carmel Center, outside Waco, Texas.
That operation ended in gunfire — and the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidians.
For the next 51 days, the FBI and ATF engaged in a standoff with the compound, while news trucks recorded their every move. Finally, on April 19, 1993, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack, hoping to force the Branch Davidians out of their cover.
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. She moved on with her life. She divorced her husband in 2003, and began living a quiet life away from the spotlight — except for the occasional TV appearance.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT As part of its ongoing “Scandal” series, Reelz turns to the “Long Island Lolita” case — the 1992 shooting of Massapequa native Mary Jo Buttafuoco by Amy Fisher, teen lover of her then-husband, Joey. This 44-minute-long doc includes interviews with Fred Klein, former Nassau County assistant district attorney, and Fisher’s former defense attorney, Eric Naiburg.
MY SAY Way back in the day, the Amy-Joey saga produced a long line of casualties besides poor Mary Jo, from the trivial to the consequential: the media, auto body shops, Long Island’s reputation and fundamental human dignity (ours — the reluctant witnesses). We couldn’t escape these three, and just when we thought we could finally emerge from the shower, the three quickie TV movies arrived and aired in just about the span