Chasing Amy

Lolita Complex

Perhaps the most controversial event surrounding Amy Fisher's release from prison is Mary Jo Buttafuoco's public forgiveness. How magnanimous are you?


imageAllen Beasley
Age: 39
Resides: Jersey City, New Jersey
Occupation: Cook

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? Yeah, I think so. I don't think she just woke up one day and decided to do it.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? No. Well, first of all the betrayal. Mary Jo, she's got a better heart than most people.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? Infidelity. I was married one time. I forgave the person. I felt after a while being angry would tear me down. But it didn't work out. Forgetting is something else.


imageJoe Steiner
Age: 37
Resides: Huntington, Long Island
Occupation: Construction

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? He had something to do with it. He put it in her mind.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? Definitely not. That's a dumb question. I think Mary Jo feels that maybe her husband did have something to do with it so she forgave her.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? Not paying me back $800. Money's not a reason to lose a friendship. I'll make more tomorrow.


imageWilliam Perkins
Age: 31
Resides: Springfield Gardens, Queens
Occupation: Hotel steward

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? No. He may have put the thought in her mind but he did it without saying anything.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? No. I'm not a forgiving person like that! Mary Jo has some ulterior motive. Maybe some kind of tell-all book.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? Neighbor across the street ran into my car. He was just a kid, they paid for it, but that was serious. I forgave them, they're my neighbors.


imageNicole Meyers
Age: 24
Resides: Oceanside, Long Island
Occupation: Advertising

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? No.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? No. I could forgive my husband, maybe, but that person who sleeps with him knows he's married. I was very surprised when Mary Jo did that.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? A friend who wasn't there for me when I really needed her. But she's been my best friend since I was three. Life's too short.


imageGina Esposito
Age: 24
Resides: Levittown, Long Island
Occupation: Marketing editor

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? He definitely planted a seed. She was very young. I was that age at the time. I don't think she got those ideas by herself.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? Maybe the slept-with part, but the murder thing? No.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? My brother changed religions. He went from Catholic to Jehovah's Witness. My mother hasn't forgiven him.


imageAngela Dillard
Age: 33
Resides: Village
Occupation: Professor

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? I do. But not in a direct way. He created the conditions that allowed it to happen.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? No. It's unimaginable for me. I can understand that Mary Jo feels sorry for Amy, but to publicly forgive? She's a better person than I am.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? I forgave my brother for breaking my arm. We were just kids but he was pretty mean to me.


imageRobin Thaw
Age: 45
Resides: San Diego, California
Occupation: Insurance broker

Do you think Joey put Amy up to shooting his wife? No. I don't think he's that smart. It was her thing. She was jealous.

Would you forgive someone who slept with your spouse and tried to kill you? Absolutely not. I don't think Mary Jo has much common sense. It goes against my moral grain.

What was the most serious thing you ever forgave? For being disloyal, a friend. I liked him too much to not forgive him.

 
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