Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Poisoned Doctor's Diary Added to Filing Document First to Provide Insight into Her Thoughts

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Poisoned Doctor's Diary Added to Filing Document First to Provide Insight into Her Thoughts

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In the months before Autumn Klein was killed, she abandoned her attempts to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization and questioned why it was she even wanted to have a second child.

A diary page written by Klein, who died in April from cyanide poisoning, was included in a motion filed Friday by defense attorneys for Robert Ferrante, Klein's husband who is charged with killing her.

The single, hand-printed page dated July 30, 2012, is the first document released in the case that has provided any insight into Klein's personal thoughts.

In it, she wrote: "I am here writing now because I am not sure who I can talk to about things. I just found out today my third IVF cycle failed. This time not even fertilization. I am not sure where to go from here. I just know that I am incredibly unhappy. Yet I am not sure why.

"I have wanted another child for years. But is what I want another child or what that represents to me? Why do people have children? Are they a representation of self? Do they represent more love in life? More satisfaction? More pleasure? Do I want another child because these things are lacking in my life? It is not clear to me. I just feel like something is missing in my life. I think that thing missing is love."

Klein collapsed in her Oakland home on April 17 and died three days later from cyanide poisoning.

Mr. Ferrante, 65, a University of Pittsburgh researcher, was charged with homicide in July.

The couple has a daughter, who was 6 at the time of her mother's death and now lives with Klein's parents in Maryland.

The discovery issues likely will be addressed at a hearing on a number of pretrial motions scheduled Monday before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning.

Among the discovery requests being sought by the defense are all email exchanges and text messages between Klein and a man with whom she previously worked; all of Klein's personal and work emails, as well as "the entire notebook and diary[s] recovered from Dr. Klein."

Also attached to the motion by attorneys William Difenderfer and Wendy Williams was a police supplemental report that indicated that Klein stopped using her fertility drugs in January 2013 and gave them to Maria Baldwin, with whom she worked. …

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