Bride-to-be Ellen Greenberg Found Dead With 20 Stab Wounds – Police Ruled Her Death a Suicide

On January 26, 2011, Samuel Goldberg returns to his Manayunk apartment and finds his fiancé, Ellen Greenberg deceased and slumped on the kitchen floor. A 10 inch kitchen knife protruded from Ellen’s chest along with 19 other stab wounds that ended her life. Police claimed that the decedent committed suicide, but others think there’s more to her tragic death.

From an outsider’s perspective, Ellen Greenberg and her soon-to-be fiancé Samuel Goldberg were living a joyful life in their Venice Lofts (now Apex) apartments on Flat Rock Road in Philadelphia. Ellen’s Juniata Park elementary school released early because of the recent noreaster pummeling the city with heavy snow. Ellen returned to her cozy apartment to make dinner and complete her wedding preparations.

Ellen Greenberg 9

Around 4:30pm, Samuel leaves the apartment for his routine workout kissing his beautiful fiancé on the cheek on his way out. This would be the last time he would ever see her alive again. Around 6pm Samuel returns to discover his apartment locked from the inside. This is unusual and Samuel sends the following text as he becomes more and more frustrated.


“open the door”

“what r u doin”

“im getting pissed”


“you better have an excuse”

“what the fuck”


“u have no idea”

Ellen Greenberg 2

Although Ellen suffered from 20 stab wounds (actually 19, plus one large gash on her scalp) police initially ruled her death a suicide. Samuel stayed at the scene and fully cooperated with detectives showing no unusual signs of guilt. The apartment door was also locked when he returned home to the apartment, at least according to him. Furthermore, the apartment CCTV showed no unusual activity or suspicious non-residents entering the complex. Also, the balcony of the couple’s apartment showed no signs of entry, because of the lack of footprints that would have indented the heavy snow.

Ellen Greenberg 3

Ellen Greenberg 6

The autopsy performed on Ellen Greenberg’s body by the State Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide. In an unusual move the Police Department overruled the medical examiner’s ruling and continue to maintain a suicide conclusion. A computer reconstruction was created so that the public can get a better idea of the location of the many knife wounds.

Ellen Greenberg 5

Ellen Greenberg 8

Initially, the Greenberg family was informed that detectives found no searches on Ellen’s computer relating to a suicide motive. However, after the family hired their own detective and investigative team, the State claimed that there were computer searches performed.

Further reading

Ellen Greenberg’s autopsy

Justice for Ellen Facebook page

Computer searches from Ellen’s computer

Hey y'all I'm the main story teller on our podcast episodes. You can suggest stories for me to cover by leaving a comment on any post on this site, which I will see and respond to. If you want to listen and subscribe to the podcast just search Talk Murder To Me in any podcasting app. Thanks for reading, please share!

  • Hi I have a very big interest in this case I’ve been researching for nearly a month, and the more I read the more I feel that this case was rushed and the crime scene was not examined was a rush job

    • Zoe McFarlane, You are correct in your assessment, that the crime scene was not examined properly. Sam’s car was not searched and neither were the stairwells or Dumpsters, etc. There is absolutely NO physical evidence, proving that Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams, consulted for the coroner, regarding Ellen’s stab wound, “T.” The autopsy report states that Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams, concluded there was no defect of the spinal cord. This, according to a gross examination, of stab wound, “T.” However, no one, including Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams, has any evidence (a request for the consultation, notes or voice recording of the exam, notes or reports regarding her findings, a bill or statement, for her services, etc.), that she performed an examination, let alone provided findings, that support that Ellen was able to continue stabbing herself, due to no spinal cord damage. Also, the junk/half-assed science relied upon, by whomever conducted the computer analysis, that claimed Ellen had been Googling “suicide,” was incorrect. The FBI’s analysis of Ellen’s laptop computer, proved that she had been Googling anxiety medications, to see if the side effects included weight gain. There were pop-ups and clickbait, she clicked on, that included stories about suicides and a couple of unsolved murders. She never initiated any searches, regarding suicide. This case, is a real cluster. Sadly, Ellen’s family is still waiting for the MOD, on her death certificate, to be changed from suicide, to undetermined or homicide, so the case can be reopened and properly investigated.

  • Ezra McCandless Brutally Stabs Lover Boy Sixteen Times To Win Heart Of Another Man | Talk Murder To Me says:

    […] found Alex’s body hanging out of the back of Ezra’s car in some mud on the side of the road. He had been stabbed sixteen times in total. According to the police, he could have lived with medical […]

  • […] Coleman, one of the main subjects of the Netflix documentary, Audrie and Daisy, recently committed suicide on August 4, 2020 at age 23. Daisy was living in Colorado, working as a tattoo artist at the time […]

  • Share via