Jane Hurshman

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Jane Hurshman
Born(1949-01-25)January 25, 1949
Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia
DiedFebruary 22, 1992(1992-02-22) (aged 43)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cause of deathpossible suicide
Body discoveredHalifax waterfront
Other namesJane Stafford, Jane Whynot
Alma materLunenburg Regional Vocational School
Occupationnursing assistant, women's advocate
Known forkilling her husband and being acquitted
Home townBrooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia

Jane Hurshman Corkum (January 25, 1949 – February 22, 1992) was a Canadian, best known for having killed her abusive husband Lamont William "Billy" Stafford in 1982,[1] and for being acquitted of his murder.[2]

The Crown appealed, concerned with the legal precedent, and Corkum pleaded guilty to manslaughter, receiving a six-month sentence. She was released after two months.[3]

On February 23, 1992, her body was found in a car on the Halifax waterfront, dead from a single gunshot wound.[citation needed]

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See also[edit]

  • Vallée, Brian (1998). Life and Death with Billy. Toronto: Seal Books. ISBN 0-7704-2818-5.
  • Jane Hurshman Memorial Fund
  • Battered person syndrome


  1. ^ Kelseysmommy. "Murders & Crime". Archived from the original on 2008-12-22. 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. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. 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.