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A degree of a different kind

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

In late July and early August this year, a story worthy of a Hollywood thriller unfolded across two continents. Chicago, Illinois (US) police announced on 4 August that they were searching for a professor from Northwestern University (based in Evanston, Illinois) and a senior treasury advisor at Somerville College, part of Oxford University in the UK.

Both Wyndham Lathem (Northwestern) and Andrew Warren (Oxford) were described by police as “charged with first-degree murder and armed and dangerous”. “Prof Latham [sic] & Mr Warren, do the right thing & turn yourself in,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. Law enforcement reported that the body of Trenton Cornell- Duranleau was found at a Chicago apartment where Lathem lists his address. The victim had multiple stab wounds. Stephen Rouse, head of Oxford’s news and information office, said in a statement, “Andrew Warren’s colleagues at Somerville College have now all been informed and are shocked to learn of the case.

“We don’t know why [Warren] was in Chicago – he was not on college business or on authorised leave,” said Rouse in an e-mail. Lathem is an associate professor of microbiologyimmunology at Northwestern University, where he has been since 2007. He was known as a driven scientist, whose work on the medieval plague known as the Black Death made national headlines in 2015 in publications such as Scientific American. Spokesman Alan K. Cubbage said that he has been placed on leave and banned from campus. On 4 August, both suspects were arrested in California and were awaiting extradition to Illinois.

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