November 27, 2007 |
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...
January 9, 2007 |
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.
October 13, 2007 |
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.
April 26, 2013 |
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.
May 6, 2008 |
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.
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)
December 24, 2006 |
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.
January 23, 2013 |
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.
January 24, 2013 |
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.
December 29, 2006 |
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.