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Death of a Victim (Review of Life After Billy by Ellen Roseman)

WHEN JANE STAFFORD shot and killed her abusive husband, Billy, in 1982, a jury acquitted her of first-degree murder after a 19-day trial. The Crown appealed and won, and this time Jane pleaded guilty to manslaughter. She was sentenced to six months in prison and served two. As he rushed through the gate of the [...]

Death of a Victim – Ellen Roseman

http://www.booksincanada.com/article_view.asp?id=1587 WHEN JANE STAFFORD shot and killed her abusive husband, Billy, in 1982, a jury acquitted her of first-degree murder after a 19-day trial. The Crown appealed and won, and this time Jane pleaded guilty to manslaughter. She was sentenced to six months in prison and served two. As he rushed through the gate of [...]

True Crime Book Reviews – Life with Billy

I thought I should post a review on this book as this is the book that I owe my true crime addiction to.

A must for True Crime Fans

From the Prologue, I was intrigued. Vallee is such an interesting writer. His words and phrases are crafted for mood, clarity, and objectivity. He leads the reader through this small Canadian town; through the lives of these seemingly ordinary, if not strange, groups of people. It is still as salacious a story as when the news initially broke in those early days of March 1946.

Married to a monster: ‘Life with Billy’ and the story of Jane Hurshman

On its publication in 1986, Brian Vallée’s book “Life with Billy” publicized in detail Jane’s hell-on-earth marriage to Billy Stafford. It was a story of abuse under the thumb of a violent psychopath and sexual sadist.