Jane Hurshman

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Jane Hurshman
Born (1949-01-25)January 25, 1949
Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia
Died February 22, 1992(1992-02-22) (aged 43)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cause of death
possible suicide
Body discovered
Halifax waterfront
Residence Bang's Falls, Nova Scotia
Other names Jane Stafford, Jane Whynot
Alma mater Lunenburg Regional Vocational School
Occupation nursing assistant, womens advocate
Known for killing her husband and being acquitted
Home town Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia

Jane Hurshman Corkum (Jan 25, 1949 - Feb 22, 1992) is best known for having killed her abusive husband Lamont William "Billy" Stafford in 1982,[1] for which she was famously acquitted.[2] The Crown later appealed, concerned with the legal precedent, and she pled out to manslaughter and received a six-month sentence, and was released after two months.[3]

After her release, she spoke out about spousal abuse, then an all-but-ignored subject.

On Feb 23, 1992, her body was found in a car on the Halifax waterfront, dead from a single gunshot wound.

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  1. ^ Kelseysmommy. "Murders & Crime". Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ "LIFE WITH BILLY / LIFE AFTER BILLY". fifth estate. CBC Learning. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ Caster, Penny (October 27, 2008). "Female murderers fascinate author". Red Deer Advocate. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  4. ^ "GarageBand.com : song profile for Waltz For Jane by Denis Ryan's 5 Pound Spent". Nov 2002. Retrieved on 2008-12-20.