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November 27, 2007 | By Kathleen Brady Shea and Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb pleaded guilty yesterday to the bludgeoning death of his wife, Ellen, saying that he was sorry but had "just lost it" as they argued in their Upper Merion home on Dec. 22. In a Montgomery County courtroom strained with tension, Robb, 57, acknowledged for the first time that an argument over Christmas vacation plans disintegrated to the point where he grabbed an exercise bar and "started flailing" at...
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January 9, 2007 | By Nancy Phillips INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Penn professor called police to report finding his wife's bloodied body in the kitchen, he looked up the non-emergency number and dialed all 10 digits. That struck detectives as "extremely unusual" for a man who had dialed 911 from home before - to summon help when he had a nosebleed. The call to police was among the clues that led to yesterday's arrest of Rafael Robb, a tenured economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in the death of his wife, Ellen, who was bludgeoned beyond recognition last month as she wrapped Christmas presents in her King of Prussia home.
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October 13, 2007 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb will present an alibi defense at his murder trial, relying in large part on security-camera footage that documents some of his stops on the morning his wife was killed, according to court papers filed by the defense yesterday. Robb, 56, is charged with first-degree murder and staging a break-in to cover up his tracks in the Dec. 22, 2006, death of his wife, Ellen, who was bludgeoned beyond recognition as she wrapped Christmas gifts in their King of Prussia home.
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May 6, 2008 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A judge agreed yesterday to review beating victim Ellen Robb's psychiatric records before sentencing her husband, former University of Pennsylvania economics professor Rafael Robb, to prison for her slaying. Defense attorney Frank DeSimone wants to use the records, drawn from the couple's attempts at marriage counseling, to obtain a reduced sentence for Rafael Robb, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November. Robb, 57, had been scheduled for a sentencing hearing today, but DeSimone's request for Ellen Robb's medical records resulted in an indefinite postponement.
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January 23, 2013
A story Tuesday about the parole of Rafael Robb wrongly attributed a statement by his wife's brother, Gary Gregory. Commenting on Robb's parole, Gregory said: "From a family perspective, we cannot get over that this guy is going free after five years for what he did.. . . The family is devastated. People haven't slept in a month. " The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
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December 24, 2006 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The wife of a University of Pennsylvania professor has been found beaten to death inside the couple's home in Upper Merion. Authorities last night said that Rafael Robb phoned Upper Merion police at 1:45 p.m. Friday to report that his wife, Ellen, was dead in the kitchen of their home on the 600 block of Forest Road. He told police that he had last seen her that morning, when he left in his BMW to go to his office at Penn's Wharton School, according to a statement released by Upper Merion Township police and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.
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January 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The brothers of Ellen Robb met Tuesday with the chairman of the state Board of Probation and Parole to try to block the release of their sister's husband, who killed her in a rage in 2006. After the meeting with Michael Potteiger in the agency's Harrisburg office, Art and Gary Gregory said they were optimistic that the board would reverse its decision to parole Rafael Robb, a former University of Pennsylvania expert in economic game theory, from prison Monday. The meeting came after Ellen Robb's family, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and state representatives from Montgomery County expressed surprise at learning that Rafael Robb was to be released.
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January 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The brothers of Ellen Robb met Tuesday with the chairman of the state Board of Probation and Parole to try to block the release of their sister's husband, who killed her in a rage in 2006. After the meeting with Michael Potteiger in the agency's Harrisburg office, Art and Gary Gregory said they were optimistic that the board would reverse its decision to parole Rafael Robb, a former University of Pennsylvania expert in economic game theory, from prison Monday. The meeting came after Ellen Robb's family, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, and state representatives from Montgomery County expressed surprise at learning that Rafael Robb was to be released.
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December 29, 2006 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Montgomery County District Attorney yesterday would not rule out University of Pennsylvania economics professor Rafael Robb as a suspect in the beating death of his wife inside their Upper Merion home. Bruce L. Castor Jr. said at a news conference he was "unable to exclude [Robb] as the killer" of Ellen Robb, 49, a homemaker and mother of the couple's 12-year-old daughter. Robb was beaten to death last week with a long, cylindrical object. Her body, battered beyond recognition, was found Dec. 22 in the kitchen of the Robbs' split-level house in the 600 block of Forest Road.
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February 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On calendars and in his head, Stephen Gallo tracks the number of days that have passed since his 19-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed by an intoxicated driver. Gallo's mother, Donna, has watched her daughter's friends graduate from college, and seen her son pass his sister's age. Life moves on. But for the Gallos, time stopped the day Rachael Jankins killed Nicole in August 2009. When the Gallos learned that Jankins, 25, was up for parole last year, they took part in a new program that lets crime victims meet privately with the state parole board and testify about the impact of the crime.
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September 18, 2013
A story Monday, in stating that Sacred Heart Church in Montgomery County was among 46 parishes being examined by the Philadelphia Archdiocese to assess their viability, did not make clear that it is Sacred Heart Church in Swedesburg that is under examination. A timeline with a story Sunday on convicted murderer Rafael Robb wrongly said Robb confessed to the crime in January 2007. He was charged with first- and third-degree murder in January 2007 and confessed in November. The Sunday Health section's "Medical Mystery" column gave an incorrect statistic for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas . MRSA, which is harmless unless it enters the body, usually through a break in the skin, can be found on the skin or in the nose of about 1 percent of the population.
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September 16, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
MERCER, Pa. - When he finally stopped swinging a metal bar at her, Rafael Robb said, he glanced down at his wife crumpled on the kitchen floor. Her battered face was unrecognizable. "Like one of those horror movies," he said. "Like Frankenstein - except it was in my house. " Robb was a University of Pennsylvania economics professor when he bludgeoned his 49-year-old wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, in their Upper Merion home seven years ago. The killing shocked the region.
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June 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett signed legislation Tuesday that will let crime victims and their families speak directly to members of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before a decision is made on whether to release a prisoner. "Long overdue," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. "It's amazing to me this isn't something that was done years ago. " The new law, effective Sept. 1, changes the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Act to clarify that victims or their representatives are entitled to meet with state parole board members during the review of a parole application.
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April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Determinate vs. indeterminate sentencing isn't a topic that comes up in everyday conversation - until a convict's jail term or release boils over into a public controversy. That's what happened in January, when former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb's near-parole after he served a minimum amount of his five-to-10-year prison term for killing his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, unleashed strong criticism. The state's sentencing system was discussed in a calmer fashion Thursday during a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on possible changes.
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March 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Mike Vereb introduced legislation Wednesday that would give crime victims and their families the right to speak directly to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before parole decisions were made. Technically, the proposal is known as House Bill 492. But Vereb (R., Montgomery) said at a news conference in Norristown packed with state and local officials that he was naming it the "Ellen Gregory Robb Legislation. " "Out of the tragic, horrific death of Ellen Gregory Robb, we are seeing something very positive happen," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who was among those who worked on the legislation with Vereb and the victim's family.
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March 7, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
State Rep. Mike Vereb introduced legislation Wednesday that would give crime victims and their families the right to speak directly to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before parole decisions were made. Technically, the proposal is known as House Bill 492. But Vereb (R., Montgomery) said at a news conference in Norristown packed with state and local officials that he was naming it the "Ellen Gregory Robb Legislation. " "Out of the tragic, horrific death of Ellen Gregory Robb, we are seeing something very positive happen," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who was among those who worked on the legislation with Vereb and the victim's family.
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January 29, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rafael Robb must have been ready to get out of prison. After all, only a few weeks stood between him and the release date the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole had granted him six years into his five- to 10-year sentence for beating his wife to death with an exercise bar. That return to freedom was to come Monday. But frustration with the board's decision and a process that largely excluded the victim's family fueled a public campaign by relatives and elected officials to keep him behind bars.
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January 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gary Gregory stifled his tears once, then twice, as he talked about justice for his sister, Ellen Gregory Robb, who in 2006 was killed by her husband, Rafael Robb. The emotion came after the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole on Wednesday rescinded its decision to release Robb, 62, from prison. The reversal came after the board received letters from Ellen Robb's family, friends, domestic violence organizations, and the judge who presided over her husband's 2007 trial. They all suggested that the former University of Pennsylvania professor remained a threat and should be kept behind bars.
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January 24, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN FORMER University of Pennsylvania economics professor Rafael Robb pleaded guilty in 2007 to killing his wife, he told a judge: "I just lost it. " On Wednesday, Robb lost it again, but this time "it" was his chance at freedom: The state Board of Probation and Parole changed its mind and revoked Robb's scheduled parole after a tough fight by his victim's family, along with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Montco state Rep....
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