People Staff
October 08, 1984 12:00 PM

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The remarkable true story behind


On the night of March 9, 1977, Michigan housewife Francine Hughes, who had been brutally beaten by her husband for years, decided she had had enough. As he lay sleeping, she poured gasoline around his bed, dropped a match and left him to die in flames. To some people it seemed a clear-cut case of murder, to others no more than justice for his relentless cruelty. Next week Farrah Fawcett (left) brings the drama to TV. Here, for the first time, is the full account of what has happened to Francine and her family since that awful night.

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