Emails to Ferrante Show Marital Strife

By Ward, Paula Reed | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), October 31, 2014 | Go to article overview

Emails to Ferrante Show Marital Strife


Ward, Paula Reed, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Autumn Klein was so frustrated with her husband, her marriage, and her inability to conceive a second child, that she didn't even want to speak to him in person.

Instead, she sent him emails. One criticizing both his lack of interest and compassion about her fertility issues, and another nine days later addressing their future together.

Both emails were read aloud in court Thursday as part of the prosecution's case against Robert Ferrante, who is accused of killing his wife with cyanide in April 2013. The district attorney's office is expected to rest its case today.

Detective Lyle Graber, who read the emails, said they were provided through the couple's Gmail accounts.

On Feb. 9, 2013, Dr. Klein wrote: "I hate to say it Bob, but through this entire mess, while in body you have done your duty, you have not been there for me. Sorry I am angry about all of this - both not having another kid and your lack of interest.

"It is clear you are not interested. I realize now I have been alone in this entire emotional journey," she wrote. "I am going to speak my mind, as you do, and be angry, because this is the only means of conversation you seem to get - is anger. You stink at picking up on almost all other emotions and I am sorry I right now I just cannot talk to you in person. I can't even speak to you without getting angry."

The email talked about her difficulty getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization, which included her inability to produce enough eggs. It also said that her specialist believed it was a "mitochondrial failure," and recommended against continuing with in vitro fertilization.

Dr. Klein closed the email by telling Mr. Ferrante that she would be visiting her gynecologist in April and planned to get an IUD.

"I don't know where I want to go from here," she wrote. "I don't know what else to say, Bob."

In the message nine days later, at 2:32 a. …

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