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In Years Past

December 15, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, arrangements were made in supreme court in session at Little Valley for the trial of Cynthia Buffum and Ernest Frahm, indicted for the murder of Willis Buffum. The date of the trial was fixed for Feb. 15 at an adjourned term of supreme court. The Buffum case would not be "tried in the newspaper." District Attorney Cole, who had been besieged by correspondents and staff of city papers, took the position that for him to make public the confession - or "statement,: as he called it - of Mrs. Buffum would be unfair to her and to Frahm and would not be in accord with the ethics of the legal profession as he understood them. He did not intend to be a party to the inflaming of the public mind against those who were to be tried in court.



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