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Book Launch: Paula Reed Ward

October 2, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


JOIN US for a book launch celebrating the release of local author Paula Reed Ward’s true crime novel DEATH BY CYANIDE: The Murder of Dr. Autumn Klein.

Ward has covered over a dozen capital murder trials during her career as a journalist, and this experience has helped her give thoughtful treatment to the tragic story of Dr. Autumn Klein’s murder in 2013.

A Pittsburgh doctor’s brutal poisoning of his physician wife, and his riveting trial for first-degree murder

At just forty-one years old, Dr. Autumn Klein, a neurologist specializing in seizure disorders in pregnant women, had already been named chief of women’s neurology at Pittsburgh’s largest health system. More than just successful in her field, Dr. Klein was beloved—by her patients, colleagues, family, and friends. She collapsed suddenly on April 17, 2013, writhing in agony on her kitchen floor, and died three days later. The police said her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, twenty-three years Klein’s senior, killed her through cyanide poisoning. Though Ferrante left a clear trail of circumstantial evidence, Klein’s death from cyanide might have been overlooked if not for the investigators who were able to use Ferrante’s computer, statements from the staff at his lab, and his own seemingly odd actions at the hospital during his wife’s treatment to piece together what appeared to be a long-term plan to end his wife’s life.

In Death by Cyanide, Paula Reed Ward, reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes the murder investigation and the trial in this sensational case, taking us from the poisoning and the medical staff’s heroic measures to save Klein’s life to the investigation of Ferrante and the emotion and drama inside the courtroom.

PAULA REED WARD has been a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2003, and prior to that was a reporter at the Savannah Morning News and the Pottsville (PA) Republican & Evening Herald. This is her first book.

*THIS EVENT IS FREE! Please call us at (412) 828-4877 to RSVP. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.*


October 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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