Question about Hughes Family

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Raven

Boynton Beach, FL

#1 Sep 13, 2010
I think Kentucky is beautiful, I visted Grayson county years ago and was happy there. I had a question about a book I read concerning Kentucky if anyone would know, its called the "burning bed" about a woman who kills her abusive husband James "Mickey" Hughes" its a good book and I felt sorry for the woman Francine but I was wondering if anyone knew what happened to the family of Hughes brothers or relatives?? Other than Mickey they all seemed according to the book good christian solid mountain people who did not agree with the abuse their son put upon Francine. I know Flossie and Berlin Hughes were originally from Jackson and was wondering how the family is doing, they lost a son and I feel bad for them even through he was pretty nasty. If anyone can help thanks!
krissy

Zeeland, MI

#2 Sep 13, 2010
The Burning Bed is a non-fiction book by Faith McNulty about battered Dansville, Michigan, housewife Francine Hughes. After thirteen years of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, James Berlin ("Mickey") Hughes, she set fire to the bed he was sleeping in on March 9, 1977. Mickey Hughes was killed and the house destroyed in the resulting inferno.

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On the night of the fire, Hughes told her children to put their coats on and wait for her in the car. She then started the fire with gasoline poured around the bed Mickey Hughes was sleeping in. After the house had caught fire, Hughes drove with her three children to the local police station in order to confess.

Hughes was tried in Lansing, Michigan, and found by a jury of her peers to be not guilty by reason of insanity.

Having turned the book into a made-for-television movie, McNulty's screenplay, "The Burning Bed", premiered on NBC on October 8, 1984. The movie, directed by Robert Greenwald, starred Farrah Fawcett as Francine Hughes and Paul LeMat as Mickey Hughes.
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Beverly Hills Bound

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 3, 2012
The Hughes's son Donovan killed himself in 1979,his father Berlin killed himself in I think 1978...I do not know when Flossie Hughes died...hope that helps
kevvy with chevy

Toledo, OH

#4 Sep 20, 2012
Berlin Hughes I believe killed himself in1986. Michigan's laws were a little strange. Lady with beat marks but can't arrest. In Alabama they r strict. Had uncle grab my groin repeatedly in Michigan and Alabama. Felony in Alabama. Misdemeanor in goofy Michigan. Why.
Ronda Hughes

Jackson, MI

#5 Sep 12, 2014
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
faylynn74

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Oct 16, 2014
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
my mom was a abused woman and I know for a fact that police officers would come in and my moms eyes were puffed out and skin broke open and her face would be black and the cop would threaten my mother. Go figure the victim I watched the burning bed and i cried and it was so familar to me because I watched my mom go through it and at the end i clapped and screamed YEAH that she killed that prick. Any man that lays his hand on a woman like that is a coward and cant face reality. She should of killed him the first time he hit her.
Shewolfen

Williamstown, NJ

#7 Feb 3, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
I'm sorry, but what side would be the other? The one where it's right for him to prevent her from bettering herself by getting an education by destroying all of her books or insisting that she do so by threatening her? Or the other side by where it's right for him to beat her whenever he gets a bug up his butt over her cooking or cleaning or whatever? Or his barging back into the house after she told him that he was no longer allowed in and that she was on her own? Let me understand where it EVER gives him the right to raise a hand in anger to a woman!!! Any man who does is just trying to make up for what he is lacking south of the waistline!!! And Mickey must have had a puny little pr___k!
well

Louisville, KY

#8 Feb 3, 2015
Raven wrote:
I think Kentucky is beautiful, I visted Grayson county years ago and was happy there. I had a question about a book I read concerning Kentucky if anyone would know, its called the "burning bed" about a woman who kills her abusive husband James "Mickey" Hughes" its a good book and I felt sorry for the woman Francine but I was wondering if anyone knew what happened to the family of Hughes brothers or relatives?? Other than Mickey they all seemed according to the book good christian solid mountain people who did not agree with the abuse their son put upon Francine. I know Flossie and Berlin Hughes were originally from Jackson and was wondering how the family is doing, they lost a son and I feel bad for them even through he was pretty nasty. If anyone can help thanks!
I think your looking for Jackson, michiga
Michelle

Pensacola, FL

#9 Feb 7, 2015
I wish the whole family solace and peace. I cannot imagine what it must be like to deal with the effects of their past and their present. To have survived any of it is a milestone. Francine done what she had to do. In a moment like that you do not consider anything but "that"moment. I wish for the family to rise above the curse that now seems to follow them. Reading about their struggles and pain. You can actually feel the anger of the children as you read what they have done or said. About the legal troubles. I hope one day that they all come together. They all learn to forgive Mickey for the abuse. Forgive Francine for taking his life. Their grandparents for not stepping in and trying to stop it. So much needs to be forgiven in order to move on. If any of the family reads this; I truly am praying for you.
Gapeach

Covington, GA

#10 Feb 14, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
Mickey Hughes got what he deserved. All cowards who beat a woman should not be allowed to breathe.
LisaH821

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Apr 1, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
Non fiction based on testimony from Francine, Christy and James Jr. Also non fiction based on police documentation.
JMWM

Santa Paula, CA

#13 Apr 7, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
There is no other side! Must be a Hughes relative...defending the dickhead prick. And I'll lay significant odds YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN BEATEN or you would never had made that statement . My mother and us 2 kids went thru that very thing...once or twice EVERY week until I was 16! And most of the time it was over NOTHING...my sperm donor just felt like it!
Rebecca e

Salt Lake City, UT

#14 Apr 17, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
You have got to be kidding me Ronda. What is the other side of the story. It's backed up by facts. You're an idiot
Jannie

Lenoir City, TN

#15 Apr 29, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
Grew up in Dansville - this true story is based on accounts of many others than just Francine. Believe what you may...everyone knows what happened, she did the only thing she could to save herself and children. His family should've done exactly what needed done, commit him....they allowed too much to happen when the ball was in their court.
Mary

Waterloo, Canada

#16 Aug 31, 2015
Ronda Hughes wrote:
Non fiction based on ONE side of the story.
What an asinine comment to make but then again, given that you're obviously a relative of the wife-beater, it's no surprise that you'd try to minimize what he did.
queenie

United States

#17 Nov 18, 2015
What?????????? you have got to be kidding right?
Suzette

Auburn, WA

#19 Feb 11, 2016
Hello. I think that she did it to live. It got down to him or her and she chose. She's a very brave woman and mother for choosing. She had no backup whatsoever and had to do what she had to do. I was in a relationship just as bad but had support and love to get me away. God bless you and your family.
Breathitt History

United States

#20 Feb 12, 2016
There was another woman in Breathitt county who beat daily by her husband, read that book, and did the same to her husband. I think her name was Wanda. She was the mother of Kenny, Tina, and Jane Robinson. Later on, she had two sons by someone else. She was a tough woman and that man made her life he11 so she tied him up while he slept and set his a$$ on fire.
Lukespack

Bradenton, FL

#21 Apr 11, 2016
I was at this trial for three days. There were lots of law students there as Lansing had a new law school (Cooley). The Hughes family were some tough looking people (red necks). I had a woman friend who had been hired by the Attorney General of Ingham County to work with women who were in distress and later became the main woman sex crime advisor at Michigan State. She felt little or no sympathy for Francine Hughes. I had other friends who were part of the Committee to Free Francine Hughes. Francine had a great attorney. He hammered away at the brutal life Francine had to live. I had no idea what the jury was thinking. The attorneys did their summaries and the case was given to the jury. Probably about 4 pm. I was home watching the "Waltons" that evening and there was an interruption and a news person came on to say Francine had been found temporarily insane
and would probably be released very soon. Quite bit of celebrating that night in East Lansing.
Kanani
#22 Apr 20, 2016
By your statement Rhonda, it's obvious you condone what this coward did to Francine. Now let me tell you something, you have no clue what it's like being abused so think before you speak.

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