The July slaying of a man allegedly at the hands of two university staffers was part of a twisted sexual fantasy that began online, prosecutors said Sunday.
Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor and microbiologist at Northwestern University, in Illinois, and Andrew Warren, a financial officer at Oxford University, in England, have been charged with first degree murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Lathem’s boyfriend, authorized said.
An Illinois prosecutor said during a bond hearing Sunday afternoon that the two had met on the internet and made a plan online to kill someone and then to kill themselves. The plan was allegedly hatched months before Lathem paid for Warren to come from England to Chicago in July, prosecutors said.
Earlier Sunday, Chicago authorities first revealed that they believed the motive for the grisly murder was “not domestic in nature,” but something “more dark and disturbing.”
The body of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was found in Lathem’s apartment on July 27 after an anonymous phone call was placed to the building’s doorman that he should investigate the residence for a possible crime, police said.
Police said they now believe Lathem, who was in a romantic relationship with the victim, himself placed that call.
“What they discovered in that apartment can only be described as savage and grisly and shocked what is otherwise a very safe area,” Chicago Police…