In 1913, Cynthia Buffum, widow of Willis E. Buffum, had been indicted by the grand jury of Cattaraugus County for first-degree murder. She was charged with causing the death of her husband by the administration of arsenic. No one was surprised, for this result of the investigation had been accurately forecast for some time past by the newspaper men in attendance at the inquiry. It was forecast in great detail by the Buffalo newspapers which had been following very closely the woman's journey to Niagara Falls and Buffalo in company with detectives in the employ of the district attorney department. The newspapers told how she was induced to make some kind of a statement while on this trip and it was announced that she would be returned to Little Valley this day and arrested on a bench warrant as soon as she arrived there.