Amy Fisher Tells Her Story
Amy was arrested and told police of her affair, resulting in what could only be termed a media circus. Charges and countercharges flew as Joey denied Amy's claims and Mary Jo stood by her man. Amy pleaded guilty to reckless assault and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. After months of denials, Joey admitted that he had sexual relations with Amy and was sentenced to six months for statutory rape. Amy served seven years in prison, and since then has worked hard to stay out of the public eye. Now she's told her story in a book, Amy Fisher: If I Knew Then...
Mary Jo's forgiveness is so complete, she even wrote a letter asking that Amy be released from prison early. In part, it reads: "I have come to the conclusion that Amy Fisher has spent enough time in jail as punishment for her crime. It is right and good that I can now say that I forgive Amy Fisher. It is a place I have only been able to reach through grace."
According to Amy, she feels Mary Jo must be a "terrific person" to be able to find it in her heart to forgive.
"I knew nothing then," says Amy. "What didn't I learn? I learned I should have gone to school and focused on studying instead of men. Obviously, [laughing] it's not nice to shoot people. I'm more self-reflective. I learned to be more compassionate."
Oprah feels there's a larger lesson in Amy's story: "The most important gift any parent can give their children, especially their daughters, is a sense of self-esteem. What happened to [Amy] doesn't happen to girls who have a sense of self-worth."
A 30-year-old mother of a 3-year-old son and a baby on the way, Amy is happily married to a man she met through the Internet.
When it comes to talking to her children about her past, Amy feels she'll be able to be honest. "No parent ever wants to think their child could view them as a bad person. When the time comes and my son asks me about my past, I'm going to be honest with him. All I can do is explain to him that everybody has a past and all we can do is learn from our mistakes and be a better person. We've all done things we're not proud of, but that doesn't define who we are."