https://civildeadline.com/shocking-womans-death-ruled-as-suicide-after-being-stabbed-20-times-family-demands-answers/SHOCKING: Woman's Death Ruled As Suicide After Being Stabbed 20 Times...Family Demands Answers
I think that we are all in agreement that suicide is a tragic event every time that it occurs. Everyone the victim is close to is completely thrown into a loop. It is extremely sad to see the agony and suffering of the immediate relatives.
However, the pain is exacerbated when a death is incorrectly determined to be a suicide. In addition to coping with the untimely death, friends and relatives also have to deal with the emotional distress brought on by what they perceive to be an incorrect assessment of their loved one's death.
One family in Pennsylvania has decided to fight back. But this decision from the medical examiner might rank as one of the worst ever. Many find it hard to understand how Ellen Greenberg's death could have been classified as a suicide.
Ellen Greenberg was a 27-year-old schoolteacher. According to reports, Greenberg’s horrific death was initially ruled a homicide
. But for some bizarre reason, the Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia revised the manner of death.
A former pathologist for the Philadelphia office, Dr. Marlon Osbourne, revised the manner of death to suicide. Maybe it’s not so bizarre unless you aren’t aware of how Ellen Greenberg died. The former schoolteacher was stabbed over 20 times.
Ten of the stab wounds were to the back of her skull. She was stabbed from behind. Evidence also indicated that the body was moved after it was stabbed. Furthermore, the crime scene was covered in blood. Investigators said there weren’t any signs of a struggle in the house.
Guy D’Andrea is a former homicide prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. In September, he told Fox News Digital, “I was startled by the amount of questions that remained.” Before leaving the DA’s office, he conducted a review of the case.
D’Andrea believed that “at a minimum” the cause of death should have been “undetermined.” After reviewing crime scene photographs and the medical examiner’s images, he couldn’t fathom how anyone could determine this death was a suicide.
He indicated that four pieces of evidence made him doubt Osbourne’s finding of suicide. D’Andrea indicated that there was a wound to the top of her head. Greenberg was also found sitting upright. However, blood had dripped sideways across her face.
This clearly seemed to indicate that the body had been moved. Additionally, there were a number of bruises at different stages of healing. Finally, there’s the fiancé’s claim that he broke the locked door down.
The crime scene photos show the latch to the door and the door frame were still intact. Other expert pathologists reviewed Osbourne’s ruling and were highly suspicious. Most believe there was every indication that this was a homicide.
Pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht said, “In all my years of experience, and all of the homicides that I’ve done, and suicides, I’ve never seen anything like this.” Joe Podraza is an attorney for Greenberg’s parents. Podraza spoke with Fox News Digital.
He said that “We are cautiously optimistic that the panel will find the estate of Ellen Greenberg may proceed to trial on her mandamus and declaratory actions against the City of Philadelphia and Dr. Osbourne so that the manner of her death may be changed from suicide to something else.”
He believes this is the only way to “secure justice for Ellen.” There has to be some sense that such a haphazard and baseless rush to rule death by suicide had some underlying reason. Were the authorities just too lazy to investigate Greenberg’s death as a murder?
Was there evidence that led to a massive cover-up? Or was this a sad example of medical incompetence? This family deserves closure. Allowing authorities a chance to investigate may not secure justice for Emily Greenberg’s family, but at least there might be a chance.
video - Family of Ellen Greenberg searching for answers 10 years later