Another guest no one will forget was Mary Winkler, the mother of three who was convicted of murdering her husband in 2006. She served five months in jail and two in a mental health facility. In her interview with Oprah, Winkler said her husband had sexually, physically and emotionally abused her.

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.


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