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Mary Jo Buttafuoco: 25 Years After Being Shot in the Face, She Can Smile Again Thanks to Nerve Surgery

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.

She married Queens businessman Stu Tendle in 2010 — the same year 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.

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But the injuries have lingered: she was partially paralyzed on one side of her

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Why Vili Fualaau Split from Mary Kay Letourneau, Who ‘Courted’ Him Since He Was 12 Years Old

When Mary Kay Letourneau was accused of having an illicit relationship with student Vili Fualaau, the story became an international scandal. Letourneau was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on charges of child rape in connection with their affair, which began when Fualaau was just 12 years old.

At the time, Letourneau was represented by David Gehrke, a high-profile attorney who got to know the now-married couple well — and has kept in touch with them for more than two headline-grabbing decades.

When Fualaau filed for separation from the 55-year-old Letourneau, the development didn’t shock Gehrke. “I’m not surprised that they got married,” Gehrke tells PEOPLE, “and I’m not surprised, in this day and age, that they got divorced.” 

Gehrke says that, beyond the tabloid headlines,

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The Cop Who Caught the Hillside Stranglers Speaks Out: ’40 Years Later, I Still Get Emotional’

The case of the Hillside Strangler confounded California police in the in the late 1970s. At least 10 women and girls were raped and murdered in the Hollywood Hills — and the entire city was on edge.

But the case had a Hollywood-style twist when the killers turned out to be two cousins working in tandem. 

Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono were apprehended in 1979 and later convicted of kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering ten females ranging from 12 to 28 years old.  They were sentenced to life in prison.  Buono died in jail in 2002 at age 67. Bianchi, 65, is serving his sentence in Walla Walla, Washington.

The case drew international headlines and sparked several films, including a 2004 movie starring Nicholas Turturro and C. Thomas Howell.

Nearly four decades later, the Reelz channel revisits the grisly case of the Hillside Stranglers in its

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Ten Years After Her Death, Anna Nicole Smith’s Doctor Speaks Out: ‘She Was Not An Addict’

When Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in a Florida hotel room in 2007, authorities recovered nearly a dozen different prescription and illicit drugs from her bedside, many of them prescribed by the hundreds. The drugs included sedatives, muscle relaxers, painkillers and sleep aids.

Investigators soon charged several people in Smith’s inner circle with felonies related to her death.

Dr. Sandeep Kapoor was a Los Angeles physician who was alleged to have prescribed Smith with methadone and Vicodin, among other drugs. In 2009, he was charged with eight felonies, including conspiring to furnish controlled substances, unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and obtaining fraudulent prescriptions. He was eventually cleared on all charges after the court found no significant evidence of wrongdoing.

Ten years after Smith’s death, Kapoor gives a rare interview on Scandal Made Me Famous, a docuseries on the Reelz Channel.

In the interview, Kapoor makes some startling claims, including an assertion that Smith

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The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later

In We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later, Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Paula Woodward offers an unprecedented insider perspective on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most heinous, sensationalized, unsolved crimes in American history.

Here for the first time, Woodward examines conversations and information from all sides of those involved in the case. She shares information compiled during the twenty years she reported on the murder, including private conversations with law enforcement individuals directly involved in the case, their thoughts and dissections of what went wrong and right, and who they now believe is the killer.

Woodward has included drawings by JonBenét, letters from her teachers, and photographs that show a normal, happy six-year-old whose life was cut short in such a horrible manner. She shares portions of John Ramsey’s private journal,where he wrote of his torment and grief in the aftermath of the murder. And she recounts personal conversations with JonBenét’s mother prior to her death from cancer in 2006. JonBenét’s brother Burke talks publicly for the first and only time about his sister’s death and how it affected the family and his life.

We have Your Daughter is an extraordinary work of journalism, twenty years in the making. It depicts a family under siege with their guilt or innocence still openly questioned. This book allows readers to decide in this heartbreaking story – was it Ramsey or an unknown intruder?

Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher: 25 Years Later, Where Are They Now?

They were household names: Amy Fisher. Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Joey 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.

As the 25th anniversary of the crime approaches, the case is the subject of a new TV show, Scandal Made Me Famous, on the Reelz Network. In the show, Mary Jo Buttafuoco recalls the attack — and how she’s doing

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