Francine Wilson


Age: 69

domestic abuse victim whose trial for killing her abusive husband James "Mickey" Hughes in 1977 by setting fire to their Dansville, Michigan home while he slept became a landmark spousal abuse case and the subject of the 1984 TV movie The Burning Bed starring Farrah Fawcett, who described years of abuse at the hands of her husband and whose defense attorney Arjen Greydanus said that her testimony about the horrors she endured was effective, but the jury found her not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: August 17, 1947

Died: March 22, 2017

Leighton, Alabama