PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Newly-released documents are revealing a possible motive in the cyanide poisoning death of a local neurologist.
Dr. Autumn Klein, according to new information in search warrants unsealed today, was trying desperately to have a baby.
According to the same warrants, her husband – Dr. Robert Ferrante, a Pitt researcher – wasn’t interested.
The warrants indicated that “Klein was attempting to become pregnant, was taking fertility drugs and had undergone the process of In Vitro Fertilization on several occasions in the past two years.”
According to the warrants, detectives also were told, “Ferrante was not agreeable to or supportive in Klein’s decision to attempt to have another child.”
The warrant reveals, “She had no health insurance coverage and was unsure how much money was owed from her last cycle of IVF.”
The warrants go on to reveal, “The high cost of these IVF treatments (without any insurance coverage) may have been putting a strain on the family’s finances.”
And in a bizarre twist to the case, detectives found a Gmail account for Ferrante called Bitteralmonds@gmail.com.
The warrant suggests that “the sender’s Gmail address of ‘bitteralmonds’ is apparently a reference to the belief that victims of cyanide poisoning emit the characteristic odor of bitter almonds.”