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She said that things were getting really bad. There was no fear of anything like what happened. I don't know something snapped and I was shocked. Couldn't say a doctor comes home but not for long my wife on our later she was back at the hospital. She just left. She had this blank stare in her eyes three days later she was dead. I said she's my child. I gave birth to her. I want to know what happened to her. At first it was just a medical mystery can sing a healthy flight female. If has a purpose should be allowed to them. This was out of this world. Just couldn't make any sense but it soon became a murder mystery said. Are you sitting down? Because once they finally discovered what killed her. The next question was who if he couldn't have known was going to happen. I still haven't made sense of it. I still haven't been so I'm Lester Holt. And this is Dave Line. Here's Dennis Murphy. With lethal weapon. The emergency room trauma team was losing her. She'd been wheeled in glassy eyed and gasping for breath. Her heart stopped. I had to restart our heart and within minutes machines. Were doing the breathing and blood circulation for forty-one-year-old Klein. Wife Mother Medical Doctor. A rising star in the field of women's neurology a star whose light was dimming even as they try desperately to keep her going. These are doctors who are treating trauma patients every day. This one had totally puzzled though the woman failing in the ER. Dr Klein was in many ways. What Modern Pittsburgh was all about? The gleaming downtown towers didn't need to worry anymore about grimy soot from the steel mill smokestacks along the river. The steel here had mostly died by the early eighties and moved overseas universities technology medicine and finance. That was the foundation of the new Pittsburgh. They called the Renaissance and Robert Oronte and his wife. Dr Autumn Klein relocated from Boston. We're just the kind of renaissance. The city was hoping to attract autumn's colleague Dr Karen Reuss. She said that she loved Pittsburgh. She loved her patients that the people of Pittsburgh were wonderful and she was so happy to be there autumn. It always intended to be a caregiver. Her cousin closest sisters. Sharon King Remembers that even as a little girl. She administered playtime. Tlc We had a doctor's office and our patients were our stuffed animals. Dr Autumn Klein was holding clinic hours. Doctor it was an interesting took root early for autumn and never left always top of her class student in the Baltimore area. She later got her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from amherst and helping people was the main thing she was just so smart so intelligent so thoughtful and so caring and your husband must've been very very proud of her. We've our lowest Klein is autumn's mom. We knew that she was putting her mind on her studies and we were giving her the best education we could possibly give her and she was taking advantage of it. Mid School was a certainty autumn announced. She was heading to Boston. Her mother worried the city's crime rate was too high. She said I'm going to Boston University medical school and I said No. You're not she said yes. I am and I said No. You're not and she said yes. I am and she went to Boston University medical school. She had a mind of her own in medical school. Autumn developed. A romantic thing for a research colleague and he for her Robert Herati Bob to his friends held a PhD in neuroscience and was hunting for cures to devastating brain illnesses. Like Lou GEHRIG's and Huntington's diseases. He was also more than twenty years. Her senior divorced with two grown kids. I simply told her that that was a little bit too old for her. I didn't think that was the right age. But two days before graduation from med school a determined autumn wasting no time was walking down the aisle with her much older bridegroom. And what was your impression from chair. Nice guy a charming guy a bit heavy. You know egghead. Yeah Yeah and she kind of was and she kind. Of wasn't the couple made a home just outside Boston. In a few years a baby girl arrived into their hectic lives autumn. Took it in stride at two am diaper change. There's nothing for her. She's you know I mean a two. Am Call from the hospital. You have to come in to take care of this patient. She's used to that. The new mother was becoming a sought after specialist in neurological ailments in women because of her expertise. She was interviewed for an educational video distributed by the discovery. Channel when with epilepsy really needs to be started on seizure. Medication in advance of pregnancy but autumn was growing frustrated with Boston and professionally. She felt as though she crested there. That's when Pittsburgh loomed into view in two thousand eleven the University of Pittsburgh and its renowned sister medical center offered an ideal career move for Bob. A New Research Lab for autumn a chance to head her own department on was not just a rising star. She was a shooting star and she was nationally recognized as a leader in her field. At a very young age but still something was gnawing at her a kind of emotional vacuum. She wanted to have another child by now in her early forties. She was taking fertility treatments hormone injections but nothing was happening. Was it really eating away at her? That she wasn't getting pregnant. Time was going by. Yes and you know. Just speaking from experience fertility treatments are the lonely place. A woman will ever go looking back. Her Mom Lois recognizes now. Some worrisome signs changes in her daughter. I kind of saw that. She wasn't herself too much anymore that she was kind of a little. What do you call it kind of a little down? Maybe here and there then in early two thousand thirteen. A couple tried a new approach to the baby problem. A fertility doctor thought the bodybuilding supplement known as creating just might help autumn. Get as it turned out her husband. Bob had been using the stuff in his research. So on April Seventeenth Autumn. Klein seem ready to give creating in a try. She texted her husband that day. I am tomorrow. He answered perfect timing creating Smiley face. These are hospital security camera pictures that show autumn throughout the day and leaving work late that night ten minutes later she was home and minutes after that her husband. Bob Ferranti was on the phone to nine one one one. What theaters any any? His wife slumped on the kitchen floor gasping for breath. Dispatcher asked the husband what he was seeing my wife. A paramedic Steve Mason. His partner arrived at the frontier home to find a woman in very bad shape. She was lying on her back on the kitchen floor. Her eyes were open and she was unresponsive an hour after walking home from the Medical Center where she worked Dr Autumn Klein seen here in hospital. Surveillance footage was back as gravely. Ill patient in its emergency room and whatever was happening to her was a medical mystery to the team trying to keep her alive then they saw the blood so neon red so out of their experience when we come back. Autumn is surrounded by some of the best doctors in the country but no doctor can work miracles to them. This was out of this world. Couldn't make any sense out of it. Maybe someone else could doctor. Autumn Klein had been rushed by ambulance to the Er of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after slumping to the kitchen floor of her home. We thought there was definitely a possibility of stroke and we knew that she was in critical condition. Now the trauma team surrounding her was trying desperately to keep her vital signs going Alan Jennings at the time a reporter with NBC's Pittsburgh Affiliate W. Psi covered the story. He recounted what doctors later said about that night. She had this blank stare in her eyes a barely a pulse and they didn't know what had happened to her. No they didn't. Autumn was struggling to breath and then incomes The ventilator the ventilator the machines gnashing over taking over to to keep her alive so they can until they could determine what in the world was going on at some point Allen. Do they realized that this is one of their own? This is that brilliant young doctor that works in the women's neurology unit. They did at one point. I don't know that they would have treated any differently but she was one of them one of the team. When Autumn's husband medical researcher Bob Garanti arrived in the trauma room. He tried to give the team some of his medical history. He explained she'd been on fertility hormones. She had headaches. Fainting spells generally was expressing. The she hadn't been feeling well he told the. Er Doctors thought his wife had suffered a stroke though diagnostic tests said otherwise by then Bob Variety had already called his father and mother in law at their home near Baltimore. With the bad news. Autumn's mother Lowest Klein said they got in the car immediately to dry through the night to Pittsburgh. She was counting out the exits. And I said please let me get the Frederick. Then please let me get the Hagerstown. Please let me get the handcock and please let me get the Pittsburgh back in the Er a resident trying to rally autumn's failing body stuck an IV and doer and noticed something quite odd. Her blood in his tube showed shocking red and the observation of that dock at the bedside that this blood is to read. Why am I seeing blood this brilliantly red saturation to them? This was out of this world. Just couldn't make any sense out of it. Eventually Autumn went into cardiac arrest. Doctors managed to bring her back barely. They actually took turns doing chest compressions to try to get some reaction from her to try to get her heart moving pumping again. Another doctor reviewed autumn symptoms and ordered a protest. He wanted a toxicologist green blood hours past. Her blood was being pumped into a machine. That was doing the oxygenating work of her heart and lungs at some point word had reached her cousin Sharon now living in Washington state. Sharon talked by phone to autumn's frantic husband Bob and was grateful for his medical background. He was calling his colleagues. You know he knows this neurologist or this person in this great you know. Use Your resources you know. I had no idea what was going on. Eventually though autumn lost brain function by the time her parents finally made it to the hospital. They could see. There was little hope for their daughter. They had a lot of tubes and things hooked up to her and I held her hand and I talked to her and I told her you heal everybody else's brain. Why can't you he wrote? Sharon want desperately to fly out from Washington state to see on him but her aunt. Lois older to wait. That's my other half in that hospital bed. I need to be their doctors. Managed to keep autumn alive for two full days at some point. Sharon could tell that autumn's grieving husband had run out of hope to say to me. I'm going to go spend the last night. What's the love of my life at the time I thought it's not over yet but in the Er sweet everyone knew it was a little girl was brought to her bedside. She made some comment to somebody about. I don't think Mommy's ever GonNa come home yet on the third day after she'd been wheeled into the Er Auden's exhausted colleagues pronounced her dead and turned off the machines keeping her alive. A lot of my life feels like it doesn't make sense without her. You know she was there for everything. Auden husband and family now had funeral plans to make and even darker days to get through but one person wasn't done with a mysterious case of Autumn Klein. His work was just getting started. Dr Todd Luck Ascetic Associate Medical Examiner for allegheny county performed the autopsy on auto it was regarded as a son unexpected death which meant the county needed to figure out why this otherwise healthy woman was dead. There was no reason to suspect fertility hormones. Vitamins or supplements like creating could have led to her collapse. Her brain showed no signs of a stroke though. An examination of the heart did reveal an abnormally shaped heart. Valve to congenital anomaly found in proxy two percent of the population. Does it lead to early debt. Not In your forties. You need to be symptomatic. At the conclusion of Autumn Klein's autopsy. The medical examiner was perplexed as to. What killed this woman. I'm not seeing anything. I'm seeing a healthy white female. Different sense of purpose should be alive on the form that asked for cause of Death. Dr Luck wrote pending. No definitive answer but in a few days time he would have more information. The blood work was back from the lab. Autumn Klein had suffered a very unnatural death. Coming up what exactly had killed autumn shot couldn't say or is the question who when dateline continues everyone it's mainly MSNBC correspondent and host of the new podcast into America would happens if you're one of the more than two million Americans sitting behind bars as owned by response. This week I talked to a Colorado woman who is struggling to remain in contact with her incarcerated husband. Being the way that I don't know what's going on I don't know is he. Okay is e CIG. So it's like we're trying to live our lives like we normally would but how can you and Dateline NBC producer? Dan SLEPIAN TAKES US INSIDE NEW YORK. Sing Sing Correctional Facility to Jay last quiz. An inmate who describes how prison dynamics are shifting as fears of outbreak grow. Visited THE PLACE. We like when this tension you feel the tension in the end you can feel the fear and the air when you walk around. It's big subscribe for Free. Wherever you get your pockets two days after allegheny county's associate medical examiner performed autopsy on Autumn Klein the phone. The voice on the other end was from the hospital. Autumn's blood tests. Were back. Dr Todd Luck was startled to hear what the lab found lethal deadly amount of cyanide. What did that tell you that told me that I have caused death? Now cyanide the poison of the Nazi death camps and the Jonestown massacre of the seventies lethal fast killing stuff not a common cause of death. I have done approximately thirty five hundred cases in my career and this is my first case of cyanide poisoning the labs toxicology work found cyanide levels of three point three five milligrams per liter in autumn's blunt so this is a lot of science that's cracked still. He needed to confirm the results with his own tests. He wanted to reexamine autumn's remains to see if he could find cyanide in other parts of her body but by then he had released it to the funeral home. So here's an easy solution. You go back to the body and you take a second look would love to when we got the phone call on Tuesday that she had a lethal level of cyanide. Hair blood I called immediately the funeral home and she had already been cremated but the emmy still had samples of autumn's blood. It's toxicology unit performed. Its own test. For Cyanide. Analyst Alicia Smith added a simple solution to the blood. If cyanide was present in the sample it would turn the Center. Well of this purple. She and luck ascetic demonstrated. They found this example. That we use today is is very representative of autumn flying sample. It's it's almost identical. Sure enough the sample change color. Her color change was a deep kind of dark purplish pink and it was obviously positive for cyanide. Does that saturation of color? Till you've got a lethal amount. Oh yes definitely any amount. Even the one milligram per liter. Even the Light Pink Color Change Means Cyanide. There a significant toxic if not lethal amount of cyanide. President Autumn Klein had died of cyanide poisoning. No question about it. He said he grew even more confident. When he reviewed the details of how she had collapsed and suffered cyanide once ingested can quickly starve the body of oxygen so oxygen on the blood. But it's not being utilized by the body. It was the trapped. Oxygen had turned the blood and autumn's veins that vivid red. He also considered the nine one. One Call as her husband is begging for help. Autumn can be heard moaning in the background. Now she's like having a seizure like she luck says that was likely autumn struggling to breathe another important sign that cyanide was inner system he knew he had a bizarre deafness hands and immediately contacted the police detectives and let them know cause of death. Is Cyanide poisoning? You need help me with the manner of death. He wanted to know if autumn had committed suicide or been poisoned in other words murdered. There's a note on my desk saying that the coroner's office had a woman come in who had a lethal level of cyanide. Inner system cyanide poisoning. Guess how many of those have you seen in your career. This is my first one soon. Autumn's mom was given the news about the blood results. She then called her niece. Sherron king out in Washington he said. Are you sitting down? I was like okay then. She said it was cyanide. Just like that was shocked. I couldn't say I couldn't catch my press. When Autumn's colleague Dr Karen Reuss heard about it. She knew right away. Her friend had suffered an agonizing death as a medical professional I know about how people die of cyanide poisoning and I couldn't well on that and justice in an old Agatha Christie cozy murder mystery about a cyanide poisoning in the village the inspector was about to call Pittsburgh senior. Investigators were on route to talk to Robert Ferranti. Did he have any idea how cyanide found its way into the bloodstream of his late wife? Coming up a husband's theory of how and why his wife died so what he say. Why would you do this yourself? What was he suggesting? And did he know something? That police didn't five days. After doctors turned off the machines on Doctor Autumn Klein Pittsburgh. Police detectives made their way to the three story brick house where she made a home with her daughter and husband medical researcher Robert Toronto veteran detective. Jim McGee took the lead. Ferranti greeted him and his partner. We start talking to him and what he can tell us about what happened to his wife at that point. Ferranti told the detectives how his wife arrived home that night a little before midnight and how she came through the door and just cloud on the floor then recounted what he told nine one one. I think my wife of thought his wife at suffered a stroke. The detectives informed him. He was wrong about that. We ask him if he knew that his wife died of cyanide poisoning. So what did he say he kind of gasped and said why would you do yourself? Why would she do that to herself? Correct to the cops. The man looked visibly shaken. It seemed he was suggesting his wife had committed suicide. Ferranti then told the story about autumn trying and failing to get pregnant. He said she'd recently been taking. The supplement called Criti in the hopes. It would help with fertility veteran. Detective Harry London understood the late wife's emotional agony. She's trying to have another child and that's a lot of stress on a woman when they're trying to have children and they can't have children could autumn's distress state of mind have led to suicide. Detectives had to consider that as a theory but cyanide. That's an unusual way to kill yourself and it's a hard to get poison. How good autumn have gotten your hands on it well. We looked into the labs it. You know where she worked. She didn't work in a lab. She worked with patients. She was a clinic. Dr. I just working hands on. Yes but there were other labs at the medical complex lab stock with poisons including cyanide. Maybe autumn wandered into one of those detectives pulled hospital. Security Cam footage from that last day. And here's what they saw. That's autumn as. She's getting ready to leave work. She goes up a set of escalators disappears for roughly six minutes before coming back down and heading home question in those minutes missing from the cameras I had. She found her way into a lab with toxins. And maybe this is where she goes to get her hands on cyanide to inexplicably. Kill herself correct yet. There was a problem with that scenario. A big one. The investigators learned that. Do get into any of those labs autumn would have needed a special access card. Is there any sign that she had a card? Swipe that put her in an area. Where another researcher? Somebody might have had cyanide. No there's card swipes to time. She left work. Doug the less detectives believed this. Unexpected death was a suicide. True Autumn was frustrated by her infertility but disappointment was all at was thinks her cousin. Sharon suicide was never on her radar. That was not autumn. I was just not autumn family. Friends and colleagues. A green autumn was a woman with plans to live not die. She had a daughter she adored and was scheduling vacations and new research projects just before her death so if she didn't take it in your theory is that she hasn't killed herself. The only place to go is homicide. That's correct Who would want to murder Autumn Klein? The spouse is almost always suspect till they're not but the husband here. Bob Variety was a renowned medical researcher. He didn't seem to fit the bill. Professional Guy regarded there. Don't see any money issues. In the household. That's true. In fact the marriage of wrought incline appeared to outsiders to be a good one still. Detectives had to consider the husband's line of research he worked routinely with toxins in his lab but not with cyanide more than a week after. I interviewed the husband. Detectives began talking to his lab associates. The people that we talked to said that there was no research with Sinai yet. Detectives were just getting started with their investigation. They comb through labs and laptops interviewed friends and colleagues. Reanalysed hospital footage. I think we got all that together and got all the pieces of that puzzle together. We had our picture a picture. He said that revealed only one person who had the motive and the means to kill Autumn Klein. Her husband Bob Toronto though. The evidence was largely circumstantial. Three months after autumn's death the cops were ready to make an arrest at the time. Bob Variety was visiting his sister in Florida Pittsburgh. Pd Detective Lutton headed south to make the arrest but when he got there the sister said Toronto was gone. She said that he got a phone call from an attorney and he got in the car and said I gotta go any left. Did you think that Doctor Rhonda was doing a runner on you? He was trying to get away. Yes yes I mean. We were told that he was going to his attorney. But he's running from us. He knew we were coming on your books. He's a fugitive. Yes but not for long as it turned out for runty was on his way back to Pittsburgh to turn himself in says his attorney when he was pulled over by state police in West Virginia and later handed over to Pittsburgh authorities. Police had their man. Now they in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had to prove to twelve men and women that he was the right one. They heard cleared very claim. Case to Jeffrey aim manning the judge who would preside over at all the case against Bob Variety. Far from a sure thing could well leave jurors scratching their heads. And I'm not one for predicting verdicts but I would not have predicted one here. It could have gone either way and you wouldn't have been surprised that would be correct. Coming up was jealousy possible motive for murder. What it Bob discovered about his wife for somebody that she was remotely interested in. She would have told me. Dateline continues. Dr Autumn Klein Robert Ferranti had all the trappings of success and happiness. A Nice three story home short drive from the heart of the city prestigious jobs at the University of Pittsburgh and it's medical center at one time. It all seemed enviable. Did you think they were good couple? And then it all went so wrong dead from apparent poisoning her husband now a year and a half later standing trial for her murder even to the presiding judge with years on the bench. This was a I had a very intelligent man who's accused of poisoning his wife. You have experts who argue with one another tiptop good lawyering lowering very good experts and it would be up to prosecutor Lisa Pellegrini to explain what drove in otherwise mild-mannered scientists to kill the Wi fi supposedly love and in such a cruel manner she opened by describing a man infuriated one losing control of his more successful wife who had in turn grown tired of him jennings in the courthouse reporter. Alan Jennings was in the courtroom prosecutors. Say he was obsessed jealous his marriage he realized he was going to be dumped by his wife. The prosecutor asserted that the marriage was in free fall at the time of her death. Autumn believed her husband had emotionally checked down especially when it came to the issue of having another child she more or less told her cousin Sharon. He was a cold fish. My husband's a psychologist and she said I need you to ask him if they're such a gene as for compassion because if there is than Bob is lacking it just described acres of sadness. Doesn't it the prosecutors? Showed an email autumn at center husband in the months before her death she wrote. I realize now I have been alone in this entire emotional journey. I can't even speak to you without getting angry. Did she ever say I'm GONNA leave him? This isn't working. Yes she she did to me yes. And he was positively rattled to the course of the prosecutor when he found out autumn was texting and e mailing a male colleague. She'd spent time with at a in San Francisco. Bob Veronica said the prosecutor suspected. His wife was having an affair. Autumn's cousin was certain that wasn't true. If this were somebody that she was remotely interested in she would have told me so. You don't think anything physical was happening. Certainly but as the prosecutors told it the defendant believed otherwise rather than shoring up a crumbling marriage. The embittered scientist his wife. The new rising star came up with a cold blooded solution. He poisoned her the motivation. Just jealousy that if he couldn't have her no one was going to have her for onto the prosecutor said thought he could get rid of his wife quickly by slipping her cyanide. When she didn't die immediately he had to come up with a plan. B To Mislead. The paramedics doctors prosecutor played that nine. One one call my wife. Having took the prosecution was establishing doctor for rentiers attempts to lead everybody that he encountered starting with the nine one one operator and he said well. I think she's had a stroke so steering it steering it then. When autumn finally died according to the prosecutor Ferranti said something that he thought would keep the cause of secret. Louis Klein testified that her son-in-law said flatly he did not want an autopsy. I said I'm her. Mother and I went on autopsy because you wanted to know the cause of death. I said I can't believe you don't WanNa know what happened to her in his response was that People do that. They do autopsies. And then the people don't want to know the results of it. So that was that the prosecution had described a man who had lost control of his wife killed her and then tried desperately to cover it up. Defense Attorneys Bill. Different differ and Wendy Williams. Get this picture of a jealous guy whose career is on is being a clips by his wife. Thinks she's got a lover and bank. She said well that's the spin at the Commonwealth put on this thing and obviously we think the reality is. That's not the case they said the prosecutors alleged motive here made for great melodrama but it was miles away. From the truth. Bob was very successful. Huntington's disease LS on the verge of some big breakthroughs Bob Variety. They countered was a brilliant researcher and a loving man devoted to helping his wife not hurting her and to sell that image. They flabbergasted the courtroom by calling the defendant himself to the stand. So in this case the defendant made that choice I've often said that it's risky at at best. The minute the defendant takes the stand we now have the government's proof versus the defendant's credibility a gamble. His defense team said ferocity was willing to make. He wanted jurors to see him for the man he was one who loved his bright complicated wife. He wanted to help. The jury understand what was going on in their marriage. And and you know. Tell them how badly his wife wanted to have a child. Yes he conceded. He had been a jealous husband for a brief moment but then he and autumn had kissed and made up in the weeks before her death they go on a trip to Puerto Rico with their daughter as the neighbors described when they come back. They're glowing. They're in love. They're holding hands. Those actions speak a thousand words in the moments after his wife collapsed. He said he honestly thought she was having a stroke. When she died he wanted simply to honor her wishes and donate her organs and that's why he did not want an autopsy. He was aware that if an autopsy Donna full autopsies done. It will destroy the ability to donate the organs which was his wife's request a loving and loyal husband to the end according to the defense. Not a mad scientist treating his wife like a lab rat killing her with cyanide. Speaking of which they said the prosecution's claim of how autumn died was all wrong. There is not evidence That my client had anything to do with her death Let alone her death caused by cyanide. In age-old poison its connection to a medical researcher and his doctor wife or about to be analyzed beneath a very different kind of microscope. The unforgiving I of the law coming up would someone as smart as Robert Ferranti. Really use something as obvious and easy to trace as cyanide. That's like me buying a shotgun telling everybody. Hey I just bought a shotgun in two hours later. My wife is deceased from a shotgun. Shouldn't be the dumbest Guy? In the universe. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had tried to paint Robert Variety as a jealous husband driven by rage to poison. His wife how did he do it? Prosecutors believed he slipped a cyanide inside a drink and gave it to her shortly after she came home that night. A Theory said Judge Manning. That was tough to prove no one stood there with their two eyes and said. I saw him put the cyanide in the drink and give it to her and said that that is a weak point in the prosecution's they wish they had it but they did. Of course it is but keep in mind circumstantial evidence. Even though most people don't don't believe what what really is is very powerful prosecutor. Lisa Pellegrini told the court that Oronte used his wife's vulnerability namely her infertility to trick her into taking cyanide that night earlier in the day autumn had sent him this text. I operate tomorrow. He texted back. Perfect timing creating smiley face. Creating creating this is the solution for anti the prosecutor. Alleged had convinced his wife that creating could help her get pregnant. He whipped up a poisoned drink knowing she take it. As soon as she came home the poisoning theory was corroborated by something told leader to a doctor friend of Ronnie. Dr Ferranti told him he says I don't know she came home. I gave her creating drink. She drank it and she passed out on the floor and no one may have been the wiser foreign if it hadn't been for lab test found a sky high amount of cyanide in autumn's blunt subsequent tests the prosecutor added were also positive for the poison. Associate Medical Examiner Dr Toddler epic under scored that for the jury what caused this woman's death was cyanide poisoning period. No doubt no doubt nor was there any doubt said the prosecutor as to who poisoned autumn police discovered the defendants laptop hidden in an office safe and incited a wealth of information. That told them Bob. Garanti had indeed been a very busy researcher in the months before his wife's death Dr Ferrari was scheduling searches Concerning cyanide where a purchase at how to purchase it the effects on people and he didn't stop there. The prosecutor said Bob Garanti then made an interesting request to his lab associates. Something later relayed to detectives. He goes to the purchasing person in the laboratory and he tells this person that he wants to order Bartlestein. He ever done that before. Never better yet. The detectives explained the doctor asked for the cyanide to be delivered overnight and when is all this relation to autumn's slumping to the floor in her home two days prior today's fire yes variety he said had even left his fingerprint on the container which interestingly to them had eight point? Three grams of cyanide. Missing one heaping teaspoonful. Maybe of cyanide. Teaspoonful Barney grants is that a lethal amount of cyanide. Yes Prosecutor Lisa. Pellegrini said the defendant thought he was so smart fooling his wife and then everyone else by using a poison he assumed was untraceable standing and looking at the jury points to Ferranti that man right. There was one blood test away from the perfect murder. Murder responded the defense what murder Robert Dirani at said did not commit a crime because there was no crime I said is forcefully. Could we don't believe we will never believe that. Autumn Klein died from cyanide. The defense was attacking the cornerstone of the Commonwealth's case. That blood test with its lethal reading of cyanide could never be trusted at said. There's no way that the result is reliable. Throw it out. Yes because he said the lab initially screwed up with that three point three five calculation. It only caught. It's error months later. Correcting the level to two point to a still lethal amount of cyanide. In autumn's blood it certainly raises. It's a real issue of its credibility and gives the defense something to work when you absolutely gave the defense a lot to work with far more. Reliable argued varieties. Attorneys was another test. Done in the weeks after autumn's death it to found cyanide in her blood but at very low levels nowhere near lethal and in this case that alone Cyril Wecht eloquently articulated Was more than reasonable doubt for this jury to acquit my client. The reports are highly conflicting. Dr Cyril Wecht. The defense had introduced into the legal. Mix a renowned Pittsburgh and internationally recognized pathologists of many years. Doctor Wecht had weighed in on cases from the JFK. Assassination to the deaths of Elvis Presley and Jon Benet Ramsey. He told the court the conflicting tests demanded a tiebreaker. What you do is you gotTa send it in again for laboratory testing preferably to a third highly respected. Toxicology let that was not done. More compelling you said was evidence of scarring around autumn's heart which could have triggered an electrical malfunction stopping the Oregon coal only on the spot. Cpr could have saved her and in the absence of somebody hitting you in the chest somebody knowing what? They're doing with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. You probably will die. In other words. The defense said autumn could have died of natural causes. They added that crime scene techs process the house and never did find so much as a trace of the poison and their clients cyanide. Google searches done for research purposes. Not Murder I mean here. He is in January asking questions of Google about the nature of cyanide. This looks very bad in April. He's asking about cyanide. Potassium CYANIDE NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT. The defendant further explained his actions from the stand. He ordered the poison for work in even took it out of the box when it arrived. That's why his fingerprint was on the container. Besides his lawyer added a man is smart. As Bob. Ferranti would never use a weapon that could so easily be traced back to him. That's like me buying a shotgun telling everybody. Hey I just bought a shotgun and two hours later. My wife is deceased from a shotgun should be the dumbest guy in the universe. Enclosing the defense beg the jurors to use their common sense which they later said is exactly what they did their commonsense and the science presented told them autumn Klein had died of cyanide poisoning because the defendant had given to they found him guilty of first degree murder crushing crushing especially in this case absolutely crushing a good description. Robert GARANTI has since been sentenced to life in prison. He is challenging his conviction in court for now though autumn's family feels. They've gotten justice. Their anger towards her husband has been overshadowed by all the what gifts not only do I grieve autumn and the loss that she is to me and to us as a family and to our community and our friends but also her patients you know. My heart breaks for her patients. It was all doctor. Autumn Klein had ever wanted to do help others. Now that chance is gone swept away way too soon. That's all for now. I'm Lester Holt. Thanks for joining us. The meet the Press Chuck Todd Cast. It's an insider's take on politics. The two thousand twenty election more candid conversations with some of my favorite reporters about things. We usually discuss off camera. Listen for free wherever you get your podcast.

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