From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 26, 1911:
"Mrs. Maggie Woodward has gone back to Clinton to live and says she will spend her last days there among the friends who love her and who she has loved for many years. Back of this there is a story of alleged intrigue and possible murder that is revolting in its sickening details. It is alleged that she has gone back because she feared for her life. The story has been told in police court circles for some time. It concerns Mrs. Woodward and her son-in-law, Loren Starr. It is a case of misplaced confidence. So sure was Mrs. Woodward that she was to be murdered that she changed her will on October 17 of this year and made a new one. Heretofore the will provided that her daughter, Myra, should inherit the bulk of her fairly good property, but this is not to be.... Mrs. Woodward is one of the best known women of the county, unusually bright and capable and not given to making rash charges. She is possessed of considerable property and has managed it as well as any resident of the county since her husband died more than a quarter of a century ago.... It is such a revolting thing that it is almost impossible of belief. Sheriff Banning was asked about it today and said 'Loren Starr would not kill a kitten. It was simply a bad scare.' That Mrs. Woodward was thoroughly frightened was evident from the steps she took to protect her life and also her property. It is a regrettable case and the officers tried hard to suppress any news of it. The story got out and of course there was no occasion for secrecy any longer."