“Long Island Lolita” was the headline splashed on tabloids. Because what does the media love more than sexualizing a female killer? Sexualizing an underage one, naturally. Actually, it is kind of fitting. Lolita as a character was sexually abused by her caretaker. Amy was also sexually abused as a child. And I think I like the media narrative about Amy for the same reason I liked the character of Lolita, both were broken by the men around them but somehow strong. Both survived.
Sixteen-year-old Amy Fisher met almost-40 car mechanic, Joey Buttafuoco, after she’d dinged her parent’s car. She didn’t want her parents to find out and figured she could get the car fixed up before she went home. But the estimate was out of her price range. Joey suggested that Amy just tell her parents someone else sideswiped the car. So she did and it worked. Cool.
Amy took the cars for repair at his shop and then decided to get some speakers installed as well, according to some site on the Internet that did not source how they knew all these fantastic details. This is how the two started an affair, which was consensual though illegal because Amy was 16.
This relationship seemed pretty messed up. Joey -- who was married-- didn’t want Amy dating anyone else and harassed her about guys she was seeing. But when she needed money, he suggested she become an escort. Which she did and which he apparently didn’t mind. The relationship went on, it was abusive and spiraling and eventually led up to the day when Amy showed up on Joey’s doorstep with a gun.