Philadelphia Woman Stabbed 2O Times: Here Is What You Need To Know

According to the attorney for her parents, the knife found piercing the chest of 27-year-old Philadelphia teacher Ellen Greenberg has never been fingerprinted.

Greenberg was found dead in her kitchen in January 2011 with 20 stab wounds, 10 of which were from behind.

Philadelphia Woman Stabbed 2O Times: Here Is What You Need To Know

However, city officials have maintained for years that her death was a suicide and are still mired in a legal struggle over evidence in the case, which her parents seek access to. The knife itself is one piece of evidence.

“We would like to have it tested, minimally, just to see if there are fingerprints on it because if there aren’t any fingerprints, that says a lot,” said Joseph Podraza, attorney for Joshua and Sandee Greenberg and their daughter’s estate.

It would imply that someone — possibly a murderer — wiped them out after she died, he told Fox News Digital.

“And if there are fingerprints other than Ellen’s on that knife, well, that says a lot too: Somebody clearly did stab her,” he said. “And it’s never been fingerprinted.”

Dr Michael Baden, a famous forensic pathologist who is unrelated to the case, stated that if the knife was properly preserved all this time, fingerprints may be analysed.

“Fingerprints usually don’t go away unless they are wiped away,” he told Fox News Digital. “If the knife has been properly preserved, a foreign fingerprint might still be findable.”

According to Podraza and the family’s private investigator, Tom Brennan, a lot of evidence in the case merits closer examination.

Despite fainting in a bloodstained kitchen with over two dozen stab wounds, Greenberg was discovered clutching a “pristine” white towel in her left hand, according to the lawyer.

“I think that that towel that’s in her left hand was used to wipe it (the knife handle),” Podraza told Fox News Digital. “And I think that somebody may have come upon the scene quicker than they thought, and that’s how that towel ended up in her left hand.”

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“How many people are cutting up fruit for a fruit salad to eat for lunch, then decide, ‘Oh, you know something, I’d rather kill myself now?'” Podraza said. “‘So let me go get a white towel, hold it in my left hand while stabbing myself 20 times to death.'”

Last month, an appellate panel denied the parents’ request to compel the Philadelphia medical examiner to label Greenberg’s death as homicide or undetermined.

However, the panel chastised the city, police, and medical examiner’s office for the inquiry.

“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,” Commonwealth Judge Ellen Ceisler wrote in the majority opinion.

“The experts they enlisted have all raised serious factual questions about Dr. [Marlon] Osbourne’s and Dr. [Sam] 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.”

Ceisler pointed out several problems in the investigation. Osbourne’s original assessment was that the death was a homicide, but this was after the crime scene had been cleaned up and before police arrived with a search warrant.

And, according to Dr. Cyril Wecht, a renowned forensic pathologist who did an independent assessment of the autopsy, the evidence was “strongly suspicious of homicide” and “noted that the investigators made no effort to examine the knife found in the Victim’s chest for fingerprints,” she wrote.

A separate court will hear oral arguments on the family’s request for evidence in the case as part of a separate lawsuit alleging a murder cover-up conspiracy. The city is vigorously opposing the disclosures.

Officials have stated that they are unable to answer direct questions about the case due to pending litigation and an ongoing outside investigation by the neighbouring Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Last month, a Philadelphia spokeswoman told Fox News Digital that the city was “pleased” with the appellate decision in its favour.

“The city is now, and has always been, deeply sympathetic to Joshua and Sandra Greenberg’s pain and deep grief over the loss of their daughter,” she said in a statement. “If Mr. and Mrs. Greenberg have new evidence about their daughter’s death, we urge them to present it to the investigators in Chester County, as they have the authority to reopen the investigation.”

Dr. Marlon Osbourne, a former assistant medical examiner in Philadelphia, has not returned emails or phone calls. In Palm Beach, Florida, he works as a forensic pathologist and as an assistant medical examiner.

According to Podraza, the parents intend to appeal last month’s appellate ruling to the state Supreme Court, which he describes as “a road map” on how to get away with murder.

“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 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 told Fox News Digital.

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