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In Years Past

February 26, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, the trail of Cynthia Buffum for the murder of her husband, Willis Buffum, by the administration of arsenic was drawing to a close. It was expected all the evidence would be in by Saturday and by the end of the week the woman might know her fate. Wednesday was a discouraging day for the defense. The prosecution hammered away on the motive which, it was alleged, impelled the woman to kill her husband and on the manner in which it was alleged he was killed. The confession which Mrs. Buffum made to Prosecutor Cole at the Hotel Touraine in Buffalo was admitted in evidence. In this confession she told how she put poison in her husband's food and she told of her relationship with Ernest Frahm. She had asserted over and over again that this confession was made without any promise of immunity.

 
 

 

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