It has been nearly three decades since Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot in the face at a scoreless distance by her husband Joey's mistress, and now she and her daughter Jessie are taking cameras while they visit the Long Island home it happened.
& # 39; Thank goodness I'm still over it, & # 39 ;, Mary Jo (64) says to her daughter Jessie, who was nine when the shoot took place in May 1992, as they walk down their old street 26 years later.
It was the shock shooting that catapulted the Buttafuoco family into the media spotlight and which is now the focus of ABC News & # 39; 20/20 special Growing Up Buttafuoco, broadcast Friday evening.
The special features Mary Jo, Jessie and Joey Buttafuoco as they reflect on their family and individual journey after the incident, share intimate details about how they have recovered from depression, alcoholism and drug abuse.
Mary Jo, Joey and their daughter, Jessie Buttafuoco, open in a 20/20 special, Growing Up Buttafuoco broadcast on ABC on Friday
In an exclusive sneak preview, Mary Jo, now 64, and Jessie, 36, visit their former Long Island home where the shooting took place
The family reveals about the dangers of living in the media spotlight, which was especially difficult for Jessie (right), and dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse that grabbed Joey (left) and Mary Jo in the years after the incident
ABC & # 39; s camera & # 39; s go back to the family home of Massapequa where their life was turned upside down in 1992
Mary Jo's husband, Joey, had an affair with Amy Fisher, who was then 16 years old. The couple can be seen in the above file photo with their two children
& # 39; It's so crazy to think that someone just attacked you and tried to kill you here, & # 39; Jessie tells her mother as they approach the house in an exclusive clip, obtained by DailyMail.com.
& # 39; View all and only see the proximity and where it all happened … Can you imagine the brutality of her doing that? & # 39; Mary Jo jokes.
Joey Buttafuoco was a 36-year-old married father of two who worked as a car mechanic on Long Island.
On May 19, 1992, Mary Jo received an unexpected visit from 17-year-old Amy Fisher – nicknamed Long Island Lolita – at the Massapequa family's home.
Without Mary Jo's knowledge, Fisher had slept with her husband Joey for almost a year and met him when she brought her parents' car to his body shop for repair.
Fisher went to the door of the Buttafuoco house and told Mary Jo that her fictional younger sister slept with Joey and handed a shirt from his car shop as proof.
Mary Jo rejected Fisher's claims and asked her to leave. At that moment, the teenager fired a single shot from a .25 caliber pistol aimed at Mary Jo's head.
When she arrived, Mary Jo was able to identify her attacker and Fisher eventually served seven years in conditional release.
Mary Jo was shot in the head in 1992 by teenager Amy Fisher, 17 (pictured with her lawyer), who had an affair with her husband Joey
Mary Jo stayed with him before he stopped in 2003
Mary Jo reveals her struggle with suicidal thoughts, while Joey reveals his own struggle with addiction in the Friday episode
In Friday's episode, Jessie, now 36, she reveals her difficulty growing up in the spotlight.
Fisher (above) had a short career as an adult film star. She also wrote a book about her experiences
She visits the old house and says: & # 39; It is cool that we are here together and coming back to have some good memories and not all bad ones. I miss it. & # 39;
The family details their decision to uproot New York to California to escape the media frenzy.
Mary Jo speaks frankly about how she fought alcohol and drug addiction while recovering from the shooting and how she eventually changed her life.
She reveals her struggle with suicidal thoughts, while Joey reveals his own struggle with addiction.
During the trial, Joey denied that he had ever had a relationship with Fisher – a claim that was eventually shot down when hotel coupons with his signature demonstrated that the two nights had been spent together before Fisher's 17th birthday.
Fisher later accused Joey of rape and he served six months in prison after being convicted of a legal charge for his sexual relationship with the minor.
Mary Jo stayed with him before he stopped in 2003.
The two-hour program also includes never-before-seen home videos from the Buttafuoco family and the first on-camera interview with well-known accomplice Steven Sleeman, who claims that Amy hired him to kill Mary Jo.
Steven reveals surprising details until 20/20 about his role in what he claims was another attempt at murdering Mary Jo, who shocked both his lawyer and the Buttafuocos.
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