“CHICAGO — A university professor and his accomplice are facing first degree murder charges after carrying out a plot to kill the ‘distinguished microbiologist’s’ boyfriend, and then making a charitable donation to an “LGBT health center” in the murdered man’s name while on the run.
Wyndham Lathem, 43, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University, and Andrew Warren, 56, a treasury assistant for payroll and pensions for the University of Oxford, are being held without bail after turning themselves into police following the murder of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26.
‘For several months, [Lathem and Warren] communicated through an Internet chat room about carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves,’ Illinois Assistant State Attorney Natosha Toller told CBS News.
Last month, Lathem bought Warren a ticket to fly from the U.K. to Chicago, and the men hatched a plot to kill Lathem’s boyfriend, Cornell-Duranleau, as well as someone of Warren’s choosing. Lathem and Warren also agreed to kill each other simultaneously as the last aspect of their plan.
‘What I can tell you [is that] it was not domestic in nature, like a husband/wife or boyfriend/boyfriend or love triangle. That was not the motive,’ Chicago Police Detective Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan explained during a press conference. ‘It was a little more dark and disturbing.’
Lathem invited Cornell-Duranleau over to his apartment, and after he fell asleep, Lathem allegedly gave Warren a cellphone and instructed him to record the murder as Lathem stabbed him in the neck and chest.
Cornell-Duranleau woke up as he was being attacked and began screaming and fighting back in defense. Lathem then called out to Warren for help, who subsequently hit Cornell-Duranleau over the head with a metal lamp.
Lathem went to the kitchen to get two knives, and both of the men stabbed Cornell-Duranleau repeatedly until he was nearly decapitated. They then cleaned up the crime scene and fled the premises.
According to reports, while on the run, Lathem and Warren made a donation of more than $5,610 in Cornell-Duranleau’s name to the Howard Brown Health Center, which focuses on homosexual and transgender causes. It is not yet known as to why the specific figure was selected. The men also donated $1,000 to a Wisconsin library.”