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In Years Past

February 16, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Mrs. Cynthia Buffum was this afternoon put on trial on the charge of murder, first degree, the specific charge being that she killed her husband by the administration of a slow poison. The courtroom was jammed to its utmost capacity with spectators and the special panel of jurors which had been drawn for this case. The selection of the jury would be a slow and tedious task due to the widespread publicity of the case. Mrs. Buffum, quietly dressed, was, of course, the center of all attention when the indictment was moved for trial. She sat quietly by the side of her counsel and watched with keen interest the preliminaries of the proceeding which might mean death to her. The theory of the prosecution was that the woman was impelled to the crime by the desire to rid herself of the incumbrance of a family in order that she might be free to marry a young farmer, Ernest Frahm, with whom she had become infatuated.



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