Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
Buffom fami and for love of whom Mrs. Buffom is said to have undertaken
the wholesale murder of her family. Frahm is held as the result of a con
fession made to the district attorney by Mrs. Buffom and subsequently re
peated before the grand jury.
The version of this confession current in Little Valley is that Mrs.
Buffom admitted-tjiat she had undertaken to destroy her husband and chil
dren at Frahm's suggestion that there might be no barriers to their love
for each other, and that she used a certain horse remedy, which is a strong
solution of arsenic, mixing it with the family food.
Mrs. Buffom's brother, Jim Colff, was once a horse trader, and it is said
that, without his knowledge, she obtained a bottle of this poisonous liquid
which had once belonged to him. The brother will be a witness against
her. On the other hand, her sons, one of whom will be a cripple for life,
show strong faith in their mother and
visit her daily at the jail.
After Mrs. Buffom was placed in
Mrs. Cynthia Buffom and her
daughter Laura, who, the state offi
cials allege, was poisoned by her
jail her little daughter, Laura died of
arsenic poisoning after suffering ter
rible tortures 27 days. The mother
was asked if she desired to see the
body of the child.