January 25, 1949|
Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia
|Died||February 22, 1992
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cause of death
|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, for which she was famously acquitted. 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.
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.
- A TV movie, Life with Billy was produced in 1994.
- The song Waltz For Jane by Denis Ryan's 5 Pound Spent.
- Vallée, Brian (1998). Life and Death with Billy. Toronto: Seal Books. ISBN 0-7704-2818-5.
- Jane Hurshman Memorial Fund
- Battered wife syndrome
- Kelseysmommy. "Murders & Crime". Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "LIFE WITH BILLY / LIFE AFTER BILLY". fifth estate. CBC Learning. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- Caster, Penny (October 27, 2008). "Female murderers fascinate author". Red Deer Advocate. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "GarageBand.com : song profile for Waltz For Jane by Denis Ryan's 5 Pound Spent". Nov 2002. Retrieved on 2008-12-20.