Ellen Greenberg ‘suicide’: Philadelphia teacher ‘excited’ about life, never spoke of self-harm, friend says. Ellen Greenberg’s 2011 death was ruled a suicide by 20 stab wounds — something numerous experts say is unlikely.
Philadelphia teacher Ellen Greenberg was “excited” about life, her new job and her upcoming wedding when she was found dead under grisly circumstances in 2011, according to a close friend who said she in no way believes the 27-year-old could have killed herself.
“Ellen was always looking for that happily-ever-after true love: She wanted to start a family; she loved kids; she was excited about getting married and she was excited about having this new job,” Erica Hamilton told Fox News Digital Thursday. “It seemed like everything was kind of settling into place for her, so at no time did I ever think that she was depressed or so overly stressed out that she was gonna do something to hurt herself. She was happy. She was excited.”
The two were close friends growing up and attended Penn State together, Hamilton said.
“If you knew Ellen, she was your typical girly girl,” Hamilton said. “She didn’t like getting dirty; she didn’t like the sight of blood.”
She said that she last spoke with Greenberg two or three days before her death – from 20 stab wounds, half of them in her back, including a 6.5 cm wound to the base of her skull allegedly sustained after her heart stopped beating.
“When I found out that Ellen had died, I didn’t know how – the only thing I knew was that they said that she killed herself,” Hamilton said. “When we found out that she had died by stabbing – there was no way.”
She said the brutality of Greenberg’s injuries didn’t add up.
Cops finally reopen ‘suicide’ case of 27-year-old Philadelphia teacher found by fiancé in her apartment with 20 stab wounds – including ten to the BACK of her head.
Investigators are reviewing evidence from the crime scene of a 27-year-old teacher from Philadelphia they say may have been staged to appear as a suicide nearly a decade ago.
Ellen Greenberg was found in her kitchen apartment with 20 stab wounds on January 26, 2011, by her fiancé Sam Goldberg.
Her death was initially ruled as a homicide before Medical Examiner Marlon Osbourne changed it to suicide.
At the time, police claimed that the door of Greenberg’s apartment was locked from the inside and there were no signs of a struggle.
Goldberg told investigators he came home in 2011, kicked the door, and found his fiancé dead with a knife clinging to her chest.
In a chilling 911 call, he told police Greenberg had stabbed herself. ‘Help!… My fiancé’s on the floor with blood everywhere.’
He later added, ‘I can’t see anything… there’s nothing broken… Ellie!… I think she hit her head.’
‘Oh my god! She stabbed herself… she fell on a knife… there is a knife sticking out of her heart.’
The door showed minimal damage and unlikeness that it was kicked open, according to Fox News.
Greenberg’s family urged case the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to re-review the case in 2019, and it was eventually handed off to the Pennsylvania Attorney General before the office got kicked off the case in July.