PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eyewitness News reveals new evidence about the death of a Philadelphia schoolteacher when he was found stabbed 20 times over a decade ago.
On Friday, Ellen Greenberg’s family and attorney will sue a city judge to argue that her death was murder, not suicide.
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Greenberg was a beloved teacher who worked at Juniata Park Academy.
“Ellen was a very, very nice and caring person,” said Ellen’s father, Josh Greenberg.
But his family says his life was cut short at the age of 27, after he was found dead in 2011 in his Manayunk apartment with more than 20 stab wounds to his body.
Now, ten years later, Greenberg’s parents are still pushing the Philadelphia Forensic Institute to change his death pattern from suicide to murder.
“We want justice for our daughter,” Josh Greenberg said.
In 2020, Greenberg’s family lawyer showed Eyewitness News footage, which he said forensically proved that Ellen couldn’t have stabbed herself 20 times.
According to Greenberg’s family attorney, Joe Podraza, this testimony from a medical professional hired by the city reveals the testimony that confirms these images.
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“In this neuropathologist’s best judgment, Ellen wasn’t alive when she was stabbed,” Podraza said.
The statement is from Lyndsey Emery, a neuropathologist hired by Philadelphia a few years ago to study Ellen Greenberg’s spinal cord.
Emery explained his findings to Podraza for the first time.
“The point here is that there is no bleeding,” Emery said.
“And from your experience, can’t any bleeding from the deceased be the same at the time of the trauma?” ‘ asked Podraza.
“Yes, so generally, no bleeding means no pulse,” Emery replied.
“People without a pulse don’t stab themselves over and over again. So in this case it is absolutely impossible to establish suicide alone,” he said. “And there are demands, not just a search warrant, that the death certificate changes from suicide to murder or cannot be identified for further investigation.”
“It confirms what we’ve always thought. It wasn’t a suicide. It was awful,” said Josh Greenberg.
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This statement video will be the focus of Friday’s Philadelphia courtroom hearing as Greenberg’s family and attorneys struggle to change the way Greenberg died from suicide to murder.