Robert Ferrante

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher in what prosecutors said was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife more than five years ago.

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 An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher in what prosecutors said was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife in 2013.

Judge Upholds Researcher's Conviction In Wife's Poisoning

Sep 20, 2016
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  A judge has upheld a jury's verdict that a former western Pennsylvania medical researcher purposely killed his neurologist wife by cyanide poisoning.

Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Ferrante has been serving life in prison since an Allegheny County jury convicted him in November 2014 in the April 2013 death of 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein.

Analyzing Our Fascination With True Life Crime

Jan 20, 2016
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Long before the debut of Netflix’s documentary series Making a Murderer, cable television networks have been devoting programming to true crime investigation shows featuring tales of hometown homicides and vicious serial killers.

But why are we so fascinated with murder and violent crime? 

David Schmid, professor of English at SUNY Buffalo and author of Violence in American Popular Culture says the public’s interest in true crimes, particularly homicides, stems from a need to cope with fear.

Covering the Strange Case of Robert Ferrante and Autumn Klein

Nov 10, 2014
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Did neuroscientist Robert Ferrante poison his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein with cyanide? 

It's a question many Pittsburghers were asking when a jury began deliberating the homicide case against him.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Paula Reed Ward discusses the strange twists and turns this case has taken and why it has received international attention.