Women who killed husbands ‘rarely gave a warning,’ and most weren’t abused, study finds Conventional wisdom suggests that women usually kill their spouses in self defence or as a final, desperate reaction to chronic battery, the burning-bed syndrome that is sometimes cited as a defence in murder trials. A new Canadian study, however, suggests that barely a quarter of husband-killers are victims of domestic abuse, less than half suffer from any identified psychological problem, and fewer still have had trouble with police.
Graphic: Where are Toronto’s murders happening? When Justin and Jerome Waterman were found on Feb. 20, shot in the head in a North York parking garage, the 2012 Toronto homicide total climbed to eight. But focusing soley on the year-to-date caseload ignores what came before. A look at the locations of the homicides since 2006 reveals a lot about our city.