Ellen Greenberg ‘suicide’: Pennsylvania courtroom hears arguments in household’s bid to overrule health worker

For greater than a decade, the household of a girl stabbed 20 instances — together with 10 from behind — has battled to have the Philadelphia health worker’s ruling that her demise was a suicide overturned.

Ellen Greenberg, a 27-year-old instructor, was discovered coated in bruises and stabbed to demise in her house throughout a blizzard greater than a decade in the past. Regardless of the blood-soaked crime scene, proof her physique had been moved and stab wounds to the again of her cranium, investigators discovered “no proof of a battle within the kitchen space or wherever else within the house.”

Dr. Marlon Osbourne, a former pathologist on the Medical Examiner’s Workplace in Philadelphia, initially dominated the demise a murder, primarily based on the accidents, then backtracked and revised the style of demise to suicide after conferring with metropolis police, in keeping with a civil lawsuit from Greenberg’s household.

An appeals courtroom heard arguments in a civil lawsuit this week and can resolve whether or not it will possibly transfer to trial.

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Left: A computerized rendering displaying greater than a dozen of Ellen Greenberg’s stab wounds. Proper: Ellen and then-fiance Sam Goldberg. 
(Tom Brennan, Greenberg household)

Attorneys on either side of the enchantment made their instances earlier than a three-member panel of the Commonwealth courtroom Tuesday, Joe Podraza, an legal professional for Greenberg’s dad and mom, instructed Fox Information Digital.

“We’re cautiously optimistic that the panel will discover the property of Ellen Greenberg might proceed to trial on her mandamus and declatory actions towards the Metropolis (of Philadelphia) and Dr. Osbourne in order that the style of her demise could also be modified from suicide to one thing else,” he stated. “Solely then can we start to safe justice for Ellen.”

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A younger Ellen Greenberg smiles in an undated photo provided by her childhood friend and Penn State classmate.

A youthful Ellen Greenberg smiles in an undated picture supplied by her childhood buddy and Penn State classmate.
(Courtesy: Erica Hamilton)

He stated he expects the panel to achieve a choice within the subsequent three to 6 months.

“[The] judges have been well-prepared and versed in regards to the points,” he stated. “The judges additionally displayed the correct diploma of sympathy over Ellen’s demise and the horrible circumstances surrounding her demise.”

Greenberg’s fiancé Sam Goldberg referred to as police on Jan. 26, 2011, to report coming residence to search out her useless within the kitchen of their Philadelphia house, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. 

In line with Podraza, proof reveals that no less than two of the 20 stab wounds have been inflicted after Greenberg’s coronary heart stopped beating.

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A number of investigators who reviewed the case instructed Fox Information Digital they disagree with Osbourne’s findings.

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Another rendering showing more than a dozen of Ellen Greenberg's stab wounds.

One other rendering displaying greater than a dozen of Ellen Greenberg’s stab wounds.
(Tom Brennan)

“I used to be startled by the quantity of questions that remained,” Man D’Andrea, a former murder prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Lawyer’s Workplace, instructed Fox Information Digital in September.

Earlier than leaving the DA’s workplace, D’Andrea carried out a evaluate of the case and stated he believed “at a minimal” the reason for demise ought to have been “undetermined.”

“Reviewing the file and the crime scene images and the health worker’s images, I don’t understand how you come to that conclusion (of suicide),” he stated.

A computer illustration showing two of Ellen Greenberg's knife wounds to the back of her neck and skull.

A pc illustration displaying two of Ellen Greenberg’s knife wounds to the again of her neck and cranium.
(Tom Brennan)

4 key items of proof induced him to doubt Osbourne’s discovering of suicide, he stated. A wound to the highest of her head, the truth that she was discovered seated upright, however blood had dripped sideways throughout her face — indicating that she had been moved — a considerable amount of bruises at totally different phases of therapeutic, and the fiance’s declare that he broke the locked door down when crime scene pictures present the latch nonetheless hooked up to each the door and the body.

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Outside investigators said the damage shown to the lock on Greenberg's apartment door is inconsistent with the report it had been kicked in from the outside.

Outdoors investigators stated the harm proven to the lock on Greenberg’s house door is inconsistent with the report it had been kicked in from the skin.
(Tom Brennan)

A number of forensic pathologists, together with Dr. Cyril Wecht, one of many nation’s main specialists within the subject, reviewed Dr. Osbourne’s findings over time and located the circumstances “strongly suspicious of murder.”

“In all my years of expertise, and the entire homicides that I’ve carried out, and suicides, I’ve by no means seen something like this,” he instructed Fox Information Digital earlier this yr.

However metropolis officers preserve a complete investigation discovered no proof of murder.

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Individually, after referrals forwards and backwards concerning the case between the Philadelphia district legal professional’s workplace and the state legal professional normal, the Chester County district legal professional’s workplace has assigned an investigator and a prosecutor to conduct an out of doors investigation into Greenberg’s method of demise.

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“We should look ahead to the Chester DA’s response to know the subsequent steps,” Podraza stated of these proceedings. “If she finds a foundation to proceed with a murder investigation, we should see if her workplace retains it, it goes again to [Philadelphia District Attorney Larry] Krasner, or a particular prosecutor is assigned.”



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