26 Jan 07:00 PM
Until 26 Jan, 09:00 PM 2h

True Crime Convo #1

place The Haskell House 500 Main Street, Clarion, PA 16214 expand_more

Murder or Suicide? The violent death of Ellen Rae Greenberg.

Join me for my first in-person True Crime Convo, focusing on the case of Ellen Greenberg on the 13th anniversary of her death.

Held at the historic and beautiful Haskell House in picturesque Clarion, PA, it’s an event not to be missed. Space is very limited.

Ellen was a 27-year-old first grade teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On January 26, 2011, she was pronounced dead as a result of twenty knife wounds, including nine stabs to the back of her head and neck and a large gash to the top of her head. A kitchen knife was found in her chest when emergency responders arrived.

Ellen was living with her fiancé, Sam Goldberg, at the time of her death. They had just sent out save-the-dates for their August wedding.

According to a report from a Medical Examiner’s Office investigator and 9-1-1 audio, Sam said he went down to their apartment building’s gym to work out. When he came back, he said he had to break into the apartment where he found Ellen on the kitchen floor with the knife “in her heart.”

Ellen’s body was covered in bruises in various stages of healing. There were two bruises on her neck and a hemorrhage inside. There were scrapes, cuts, and bruises on her hands. There was bruising on her wrists.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Philadelphia Assistant Medical Examiner, Dr. Marlon Osbourne, ruled her death a suicide. He later admitted that he had originally planned on ruling the manner of death either a homicide or undetermined, but changed it to suicide at the insistence of the police.

Ellen’s parents have permitted me access to all of the documents, photos, videos, and audio recordings that they have in their possession—some of which they haven’t seen themselves—in order for me to help them get justice for their daughter that they say was physically abused and murdered.

During our time together, I’ll present the case that Ellen was murdered, including information that has never been made public. We’ll talk about the current status of the legal battles her parents have been going through, and why it should matter to all Americans. We’ll discuss the lengths that prominent Pennsylvania politicians—including Governor Josh Shapiro—have gone to in order to keep Ellen’s death ruled a suicide in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary. Finally, the floor will be open to questions.

Soft drinks, water, and snacks will be provided.


6:30 PM — Doors open. Mix and Mingle
7:00 PM — Presentation: Murder or Suicide? The violent death of Ellen Rae Greenberg.
8:00 PM — Questions & Answers
8:50 PM — Wrap-up
9:00 PM — Time to go. See you at the next one!


Clarion, PA has many options for accommodations, including chain hotels and motels, as well as terrific cabin rentals and AirBNB/VRBO homes. Here are a few of my recommendations.

Jacuzzi Suite AirBNB
A beautiful AirBNB that is owned by the same people who own The Haskell House. This would be my preference, but only one of you can get it. I’ve rented this before, and I love it.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Your standard, run-of-the-mill two-and-a-half star hotel. It sits near the intersection of Interstate 80 and State Route 68, which means it’s easy to find. It’s a five minute drive from the Holiday Inn to The Haskell House.

MainStay Suites
Another two-and-a-half star chain hotel at the intersection of Interstate 80 and State Route 68. A five minute drive to The Haskell House.


Dining options in Clarion, PA are myriad. Here are a couple of recommendations.

Sweet Basil $$$
Italian and American food. Great pizzas! Plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free patrons. A six minute scenic drive through the woods and over the Clarion River from The Haskell House. Highly recommend.

Clarion River Brewing Company $$-$$$
Just a block away from Haskell House on Main Street. Handcrafted microbrews and American cuisine.

Sakura Buffet $$-$$$
Chinese and Japanese faire. Has some American dishes and Hibachi. About five minutes away from Haskell House by car.

Cozumel Mexican Restaurant & Cantina $$
Authentic Jalisciense Mexican cuisine. Closer to the hotels, about five minutes away from Haskell House by car.

Michelle’s Cafe $
A Clarion institution. Great place for coffee, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches.

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No one under 18 admitted.