At just forty-one years old, Dr. Autumn Klein, a neurologist specializing in seizure disorders in pregnant women, had already been named chief of women’s neurology at Pittsburgh’s largest health system. More than just successful in her field, Dr. Klein was beloved—by her patients, colleagues, family, and friends. She collapsed suddenly on April 17, 2013, writhing in agony on her kitchen floor, and died three days later. The police said her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, twenty-three years Klein’s senior, killed her through cyanide poisoning. Though Ferrante left a clear trail of circumstantial evidence, Klein’s death from cyanide might have been overlooked if not for the investigators who were able to use Ferrante’s computer, statements from the staff at his lab, and his own seemingly odd actions at the hospital during his wife’s treatment to piece together what appeared to be a long-term plan to end his wife’s life.
In Death by Cyanide, Paula Reed Ward, reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes the murder investigation and the trial in this sensational case, taking us from the poisoning and the medical staff’s heroic measures to save Klein’s life to the investigation of Ferrante and the emotion and drama inside the courtroom.
|Publisher:||University Press of New England|
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About the Author
PAULA REED WARD has been a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2003, and prior to that was a reporter at the Savannah Morning News and the Pottsville (PA) Republican & Evening Herald. She has covered over a dozen capital murder trials. This is her first book.
Table of Contents
Saving One of Their Own
Who Was Autumn Klein?
Who Was Bob Ferrante?
The Investigation Begins
Ferrante Becomes a Suspect
Life in Boston
Life in Pittsburgh
The Case Begins
The Case against Him
Testing for Cyanide
The Case for Him
Ferrante Takes the Stand
List of Sources
What People are Saying About This
“In Death by Cyanide, journalist Paula Ward tells an Agatha Christie worthy true story of poison, murder, and the relentless detective work needed to catch a very deviousand very well educatedkiller.”
“Paula Ward delivers a gripping story of love, family, deception and death, keeping the reader on edge to the very end.”
“Meticulously reported,Death by Cyanideis a gripping page-turnera sensational and shocking story that will satisfy any true crime fan. But Paula Reed Ward, a wonderful storyteller, raises the bar: this is a respectful, contemplative book that fully transports. I won’t soon forget Dr. Autumn Klein.”
“Paula Ward has delivered a riveting portrait of a cold, calculating killer who committed an unimaginable crime.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is excellent and kept me wanting to keep reading. Paula Reed Ward is such a good writer and true crime teller. I enjoyed reading the backgrounds of Dr. Autumn Klein and her despicable husband. Being from Pittsburgh, I especially liked knowing about the places that Paula Ward wrote about. It made the book more personal to me. I learned so much about the judicial system and cyanide. I also learned about how evil one man can be. This book kept me in suspense until the very end. I look forward to the author's next book!
The author may have done a diligent job of assembling a story, and many will find the writing style gripping. But it is hard to be a fan of a book that assists in the railroading of a wrongfully convicted man. A detailed examination of the timeline, which the author has mangled, shows cyanide poisoning to be impossible. If the author claims to be an investigative journalist, she should have highlighted the flaws of the prosecution argument, of which there are many, but instead she devotes pages to suggested intrigue and conspiracy in the private lives of the two unfortunate victims. A good read if you like fiction.