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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 mother. 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.