The name alone became a punchline—Buttafuoco!
In the summer of 1992, America was obsessed with this trashy tale from Long Island about a murderous teenager and her dumb, muscle pants-wearing lover.
This scandal had everything, sex, escort services, autobody shops, a Howard Stern interview, and secret videotapes which the tabloid media covered breathlessly for over a year.
Trigger Warnings: Sexual assault, grooming, and gun violence
- Wikipedia Joey Buttafuoco
- Wikipedia Mary Jo Buttafuoco
- Wikipedia Amy Fisher
- Eftimiades, Maria (1992). Lethal Lolita: A True Story of Sex, Scandal and Deadly Obsession. St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 0-312-95062-4.
- REELZ: “Scandal Made Me Famous”
- Rolling Stone
John Wayne Bobbitt
In 1993, the John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt scandal was a tabloid dream come true. After suffering years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, Lorena cut off John’s penis. It was a sensational story, but what we missed in all the coverage was the fact that John Wayne Bobbitt was an abusive prick.
Trigger warnings: Rape, domestic violence, and penis removal
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