22 August, 2017
Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Andrew Warren, 56, made global headlines earlier this month when they fled Chicago following the grisly stabbing of 26-year-old hairstylist Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau, who was found murdered in Lathem's 10th floor apartment July 27.
Microbiologist Wyndham Lathem, 46, and Andrew Warren, 56, met on the internet and discussed "carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves", Natosha Toller, an assistant state's attorney in Cook County, Illinois, said at a bond hearing, according to the Associated Press.
Detectives have ruled out a love triangle between an Oxford University employee, a U.S. professor and their alleged murder victim, who was found with more than 40 stab wounds, police have said. Autopsy results released this week said Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed 47 times, with significant incised wounds to his neck.
Eight days later, on August 4, after an intense, nationwide manhunt, Lathem and a British national named Andrew Warren turned themselves in to police in California.
Lathem was subsequently fired from Northwestern University and Warren suspended from his job.
Warren then went to get two kitchen knives, prosecutors said, and returned to join Lathem in continuing to stab the victim - using so much force that the blade of one of the knives broke. The two men charged with the crime had been emailing for months, and had developed an elaborate fantasy in which they would kill someone, and then kill each other simultaneously, authorities said.More news: Chamberlain: Chelsea ready to splash £25M on Arsenal star
Warren came to the apartment, and Lathem entered the bedroom where Cornell-Duranleau was sleeping while Warren stood in the doorway.
"What I can tell you, it was not domestic in nature - like a husband/wife or boyfriend/boyfriend or love triangle - that was not the motive".
Lathem was an associate professor at Chicago's prestigious Northwestern University and specialises in research surrounding the Black Death, but has since been sacked. Lathem stabbed Cornell-Duranleau with a six-inch drywall knife saw as Warren recorded the murder with a cell phone.
Both donations were made in the name of his dead boyfriend, "Cornell-Duranleau". "It was a little more dark and disturbing, as far as I'm concerned".
Lathem also sent a video to friends and relatives apologising for his involvement in the crime, which he described as the "biggest mistake of my life". Lathem surrendered in Oakland and Warren in San Francisco.
The two arrived in Chicago late Friday night to face murder charges in the death of the 26-year-old.