Neuroscientist Poisoned Wife With Cyanide: Police

Robert Ferrante told neurologist wife drink would help her conceive: cops

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 26, 2013 6:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – A University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist was arrested after he allegedly poisoned his wife using cyanide he had overnighted to his lab two days before she collapsed. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Robert Ferrante pushed Autumn Klein, the head of women's neurology at the university's medical school, to drink a creatine supplement he said would help her conceive a second child. A bag of creatine was found next to her body on April 17. After the 41-year-old died three days later, examiners found a lethal amount of cyanide in her body. When Ferrante, 64, saw her body being examined, his response "seemed fake and like 'bad acting'," said a witness, per TribLIVE.

Police also reported his response to their news she had died of cyanide poisoning: "Why would she do that to herself?" and then, "Who would do this to her?" His lawyer described him as "obviously disappointed." Ferrante, a top researcher on Lou Gehrig's disease, was arrested in West Virginia; his lawyer said he was on his way to Pittsburgh to turn himself in to police. The university has put him on indefinite leave. A friend told police that Klein had intended to leave her husband, who she found controlling; the source added that Ferrante believed she was having an affair. Ferrante was charged yesterday with one count of criminal homicide, ABC News reports. The couple have a 6-year-old daughter.

This undated photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney shows University of Pittsburgh medical researcher Dr. Robert Ferrante.
This undated photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney shows University of Pittsburgh medical researcher Dr. Robert Ferrante.   (AP Photo/Allegheny County District Attorney)
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