Appellate panel rules Philly teacher who was stabbed 20 times, 10 times from behind, was a suicide

An appellate court panel in Philadelphia has unbelievably ruled the brutal death of a 27-year-old teacher in January 2011, who died from 20 stab wounds including 10 from behind, was a suicide.

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The panel upheld a prior ruling that Ellen Greenberg had somehow killed herself, which would be a real feat considering the massive stab wounds to her neck and head from behind. They blasted the police investigation as “deeply flawed,” according to court documents.

“The family of Ellen Greenberg, 27, has fought for more than a decade to overturn the city’s ruling over the death of the teacher, whose corpse was riddled with stab wounds, including 10 to the back of the head and neck,” the New York Post reported.

The teacher’s family hired a team of experts following her death who noted that a knife in her apartment was overturned, potentially indicating that she had been in a struggle with an assailant. They also surmised that a deep gash to the back of her head most likely rendered her unconscious and unable to fend off her attacker. One of the stabs from behind reached her spinal column. Another from the front penetrated four inches into her heart. She was discovered with a knife in her chest and with bruising.

Her family was also deeply suspicious that the young teacher had filled up her car with gas on the way home and didn’t leave a note saying why she was taking her own life.

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Fox News reported that Greenberg’s parents, Joshua and Sandra, lacked standing regarding a civil suit. The panel who ruled her death a suicide proceeded to excoriate the city police, prosecutors, the medical examiner’s office, and pathologists Marlon Osbourne and Sam Gulino for mistakes they claim they made during the investigation.

“The facts surrounding this matter are extremely disturbing and the parents’ tireless efforts over the past 12 years to learn exactly what happened to their daughter on the evening of January 26, 2011, warrant our sincere sympathy,” Judge Ellen Ceisler wrote in her decision.

“The experts they enlisted have all raised serious factual questions about Dr. Osbourne’s and Dr. Gulino’s conclusions, and even the [medical examiner’s office] now concedes that there ‘is no dispute that evidence in the record could support other conclusions about the manner of death,’” the judge admitted.

Ceisler had especially harsh words for Osbourne concerning his initial conclusion that the teacher’s death was a homicide.

The crime scene was also cleaned up before police arrived. There was no record of officers interviewing the crime scene company who cleaned the area, the building manager, or the police department representative who told the manager to hire a cleanup crew.

The family’s attorney, Joe Pedraza, noted that the building manager had taken video of the crime scene prior to it being cleaned up, giving it to the police, but the video mysteriously can’t be found now.

“A month later, after a secret meeting involving police, prosecutors, and the pathologists, Greenberg’s death certificate was revised. Officially, her brutal death was and remains a suicide,” Fox News noted.

Pedraza asserts that two of the 20 stab wounds occurred after the teacher’s heart quit beating.

It should also be noted that Greenberg’s fiance was alone when he broke into the apartment and allegedly found Greenberg. He had been on the phone with authorities for approximately 45 minutes before breaking into the apartment. He claimed he was with a security guard when he breached the door. But the security guard told police that was not the case.

“The majority opinion is a road map on how to commit murder and to not be held accountable,” Podraza told Fox News in an interview.

“That’s the most astounding aspect of the opinion: You have, as I read it, three judges saying this young woman was murdered, the investigation is grossly flawed and embarrassing, there is a murderer or murderers out there, but our hands are tied and nobody can do anything except the government officials, and you’re therefore subject to their whims,” he added.

The parents plan to appeal the ruling to the state’s Supreme Court.

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