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Janet McCann is a college professor and killer mentioned in The Woman in White.

In addition to teaching at Adams University, Janet was also an Emily Dickinson scholar, with her work stating that Dickinson's writing was her attempt to feel something she never felt before--suggesting that Dickinson was a virgin. However, in 1979, she was encountered by Library of Congress employee Nancy Handelman, who presented a letter filled with erotic content which was written by Dickinson.

Knowing that the letter was a threat to her career as a Dickinson scholar, Janet turned heel by killing Nancy with her trekking pole before dragging Nancy's body down five flights of stairs. Nancy's remains were investigated by the Jeffersonian, resulting in the reveal that Janet was her killer. However, Janet suffered a stroke some time in 2011, and had been bedridden in a nursing home, reducing the chances of a trial.

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