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Woman holding her mouth

Date ca. 1988
Dimensions Image: 12 15/16 x 19 3/16 in. (32.9 x 48.7 cm)
Paper: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Mount (with mat): 28 3/4 x 24 3/8 in. (73 x 61.9 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

On May 16th, 1985, Becca Jean Hughes, mother of seven, was found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing her husband as he tried to choke her to death. When the trial began, the judge announced that he did not want to hear a word about Becca being a "battered woman." She was sentenced to fifty years in prison, no parole. The average murderer in America serves only six years.

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Gift of the Gang Family Fund, 2003

Feedback Accession No. 475.2003