Plague prof, Ox­ford clerk held in slay­ing

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The Wash­ing­ton Post

CHICAGO» Po­lice of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to a main­te­nance man’s 911 call Thurs­day found blood on a bed­room door and Tren­ton Cor­nell-du­ran­leau’s body on the bed.

The 26-year-old hair­dresser had been stabbed in the back sev­eral times, ac­cord­ing to the Chicago Tri­bune. Blood was ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing on two knives po­lice be­lieve were used in the killing. The blade on one had ap­par­ently been shat­tered by the force of the at­tack.

What was miss­ing was the man who rented the apart­ment, Wyn­d­ham Lathem, 42, a bubonic plague spe­cial­ist who worked as a pro­fes­sor at North­west­ern Univer­sity.

Po­lice be­gan a man­hunt for Lathem. They were also seek­ing An­drew War­ren, 56, a Bri­tish pay­roll clerk who worked for Ox­ford Univer­sity and had trav­eled to Chicago days be­fore the killing.

War­ren sur­ren­dered Fri­day to po­lice in San Fran­cisco and Lathem turned him­self in at the Oak­land, Calif., fed­eral build­ing, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press. Their sur­ren­der was “ne­go­ti­ated,” Michael Mccloud, fugi­tive task force com­man­der with the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice, told the AP, without pro­vid­ing de­tails.

Both men are charged with mur­der.

A po­lice spokesman said Lathem and Cor­nell­du­ran­leau were in­volved in some sort of re­la­tion­ship and had “some type of fall­ing out.” They’ve called the killing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent and are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing other mo­tives.

Be­cause of the cir­cum­stances of the killing and the man­hunt, the case has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion.

Lathem is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at North­west­ern Univer­sity and a sought-af­ter speaker for his re­search on bubonic plague. He has taught mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and im­munol­ogy since 2007 at North­west­ern’s Fein­burg School of Medicine. A for­mer col­league de­scribed him as com­pet­i­tive in seek­ing fund­ing for his work from the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health and re­spected for the qual­ity of his re­search.

Chicago po­lice dis­closed Fri­day that a video has sur­faced in which Lathem ap­par­ently apol­o­gized to friends and fam­ily for his al­leged in­volve­ment in Cor­nell-du­ran­leau’s death. Of­fi­cials de­clined to re­lease the footage, say­ing it’s “in­te­gral to any fu­ture in­ter­ro­ga­tion ef­forts.”

Re­ports sug­gest that War­ren may have been stay­ing with Lathem in the Grand Plaza Apart­ments, a lux­ury build­ing with plum ameni­ties and stun­ning views of Chicago’s sky­line. Monthly rents for some units there ex­ceed $3,300.

War­ren, whose fam­ily in Eng­land re­ported him miss­ing just days be­fore the killing, works for the Univer­sity of Ox­ford pro­cess­ing pay­checks and pen­sions.

Cit­ing friends in Great Bri­tain, the Tele­graph re­ported Thurs­day that War­ren trav­eled to the U.S. without telling his boyfriend or any of his fam­ily, who have since ap­pealed for him to sur­ren­der. They de­scribed War­ren as reclu­sive, shy and con­sumed by grief since his fa­ther’s sud­den death last win­ter.

Cor­nell-du­ran­leau, who went by Trent, moved to Chicago only re­cently and lived in the city’s Pilsen neigh­bor­hood, about a 30minute drive from Lathem’s apart­ment in River North.

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