PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Eyewitness News is unveiling new evidence in the death of a Philadelphia school teacher that occurred more than a decade ago when she was found stabbed 20 times.
On Friday, Ellen Greenberg’s family and her attorney will present their case to a city judge to argue that her death was a homicide, not a suicide.
Greenberg was a beloved teacher who worked at Juniata Park Academy.
“Ellen was a very good and loving person,” said Josh Greenberg, Ellen’s father.
But her parents say she was cut off at age 27 after she was found dead in her Manayunk apartment with more than 20 stab wounds to her body in 2011.
Now, a decade later, Greenberg’s parents are still lobbying the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office to change his manner of death from a suicide to a homicide.
“We want justice for our daughter,” said Josh Greenberg.
In 2020, Greenberg’s family attorney showed images from Eyewitness News that he claimed forensically proved that Ellen couldn’t have stabbed herself 20 times.
Now, this statement from a city-hired medical expert reveals corroborating testimony to those images, according to Greenberg’s family attorney Joe Podraza.
“In this neuropathologist’s best determination, Ellen was not alive when she was stabbed,” Podraza said.
The statement is from neuropathologist Lyndsey Emery, who was hired by Philadelphia to check Ellen Greenberg’s spinal cord a few years ago.
Emery revealed his findings for the first time to Podraza.
“What is significant here is that there is no bleeding,” Emery said.
“And in your experience, no hemorrhage can be equivalent to the person having died at the time of the administration of the trauma?” Podraza asked.
“Yes, I mean, generally speaking, no bleeding means no pulse,” Emery replied.
“People without pulses don’t repeatedly stab themselves. So, by itself, it establishes that suicide is absolutely impossible in this case, ”Podraza said. “And it not only justifies, but requires, changing the death certificate from suicide to homicide or it cannot be determined for further investigation.”
“It corroborates what we always think. This was not a suicide. This was cruel, ”said Josh Greenberg.
That video of the deposition will be a focal point at Friday’s hearing inside a Philadelphia courthouse as Greenberg’s family and his attorney struggle to change his form of death from suicide to homicide.