Pitt Researcher Arrested In Cyanide Poisoning Death Of His Wife, A UPMC Doctor

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The University of Pittsburgh researcher charged Thursday with killing his wife with cyanide believed she was cheating on him.

Autumn Klein, who was chief of the division of women’s neurology at UPMC, told at least one friend more than two months before her death of her husband’s allegations and that she planned to leave Robert Ferrante.

Instead, on April 17, Klein, 41, received a lethal dose of cyanide — the same type of poison ordered by Mr. Ferrante and shipped overnight to his lab just two days earlier.

Those details were included in a lengthy affidavit of probable cause released Thursday afternoon by the Allegheny County district attorney’s office.

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center East End Expansion Leads To Controversy

English: UPMC Logo

English: UPMC Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When UPMC paid $10 million in 2006 for the old Ford Motor Co. building on Baum Boulevard in Bloomfield, jaws dropped at what some considered an exorbitant price, even for a local landmark.

The sale “sort of stopped purchasing for a while because a lot of people thought they could get rich, too,” Pittsburgh Councilman Bill Peduto said. “They thought that if they held out, UPMC would knock with a check with a couple of extra zeroes.”

People did indeed get rich following the sale of the 1915 building that once served as a Ford assembly plant and showroom, but not by holding out as a way to take advantage of the $10 billion health care giant.

They simply owned the right property at the right time when UPMC, with its deep pockets, made a strategic decision to establish a larger East End footprint.