After years of beatings and terror, Francine Hughes set fire to her abuser's bed while he slept. Her confession and subsequent murder trial held the nation enthralled. A dramatic story of a woman pushed over the edge.
She was trapped 12 years in a brutal, violent marriage. Until the night she struck back.
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Did You Know?
Francine Hughes, born Francine Moran on 17 August 1947, in Stockbridge, Michigan, died 22 March 2017 in Sheffield, Alabama. She was known as Francine Hughes Wilson, having wed Robert Wilson in 1980. He died in 2015. See more
When Mickey pounds the kitchen windows to threaten Francine, he repeats "I'm going to break the door with your face" at two different points, with the same inflections each time, revealing the line as recorded dialogue. See more
If you make a hard bed, you have to lay in it.