Oprah Show viewers had a lot to say about Winkler—some were empathetic, others appalled. "As an abused woman, I can feel Mary's anguish," one viewer wrote. "If I had taken a weapon in my hands during my abuse, I might have ended up just like Mary."
Another viewer wrote: "That interview with Mary Winkler made me sick to my stomach. ...She made a choice that day and she needs to live with the fallout from that choice."
A year after her interview, Winkler was awarded custody of her daughters. They live in Tennessee, where Mary works in a dry cleaners.