Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 17, 2005

Faith McNulty, 86, author of the best-selling 1980 book The Burning Bed, which focused national attention on domestic violence, died April 10 at her farm in South Kingstown, R.I.

Ms. McNulty also wrote for the "Talk of the Town" section in The New Yorker magazine for four decades, and wrote wildlife and children's books, including How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World.

The Burning Bed told the story of Francine Hughes, an abused woman who killed her husband by setting him on fire as he slept. She pleaded self-defense and was acquitted. A made-for-TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett was produced in 1984.

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