The Burning Bed Author:Faith McNulty Police in a small Michigan town were startled when a young woman, her children with her, drove to the Jail to surrender. "I did it!...I did it!" She screamed, and told them she had set fire to the bedroom in which her husband slept-then fled, leaving him to die in flames. — Her name was Francine Hughes. This is the story, exactly as it happene... more »d, of her crime.
What forced an "ordinary" housewife to kill? What could justify such a horrifying act? This remarkable book reveals the helplessness of a woman trapped in an intolerable marriage; how she became the virtual prisoner of an ever more abusive and terrifying man.
At twenty-nine Francine had endured thirteen years with Mickey Hughes during which youthful romance and idealism turned to disillusion and daily fear-then escalated to terror as each outbreak of Mickey's violence brought her closer to death.
She describes her innermost thoughts as she poured gasoline on the bedroom floor and lit the fatal match.« less