Warning! Graphic image at the end of the article. A picture of Holly’s mummified body appears at the end, something I would not normally do, but, in this case, it accentuates the nature of the crime and the stupidity of Einhorn’s devotees.
The Daily Kos posted an article yesterday lambasting Rush Limbaugh for saying Ira Einhorn was a co-founder of Earth Day. Daily Kos writer, JohnKWilson,maintains that other than Ira Einhorn being a killer, everything Rush said about him being a co-founder of Earth Day is a lie.
Ira Einhorn, if you remember, is the notorious self-named Unicorn killer. He called himself the Unicorn because his name Einhorn meant one horn. He was as important as Abby Hoffman and Jerry Rubin in the radical 60’s milieu. He was obese, had an unkempt beard, and rarely bathed and one friend described him as always smelling like a hoagie with onions. He was the King of the Radicals, the Prince of Flower Power, the Guru of Peace and Love, and Saver of the Earth. He had created from an innocent era a flip-side world of reefers/LSD and free love. His was an innovation in the Age of Aquarius and he was the Chief Aquarian in Philadelphia, at one time revered by the “new generation” of the 1960s.
Women seemed to find his philosophical ramblings and superior, aggressive stance on issues overwhelmingly appealing. He never had trouble landing dates or women to abuse strangling one girlfriend near to death in 1965 and then writing about the pleasure of it in his poetry. His latest girlfriend, Holly Maddux, went missing in September, 1977. Holly was described as a delicate, ethereal blond beauty whom her sister described as a Michelle Pfeiffer type. She was a child of the Earth and cared about saving the planet. The girl from Tyler, Texas went missing after telling Ira that she met someone else.
Holly Maddux had been a sunny blond-haired, blue-eyed cheerleader who went to Bryn Mawr and became a women’s libber who hated the violence of the Vietnam War. She was wispy and carried herself like a ballerina, her sister said. Einhorn on the other hand was hirsute, dirty and cloddish. When Holly brought him home to meet her church-going, proper parents, he clawed at his food like a wild animal, shocking them into disbelief. They accepted the relationship because Holly was 25 by this time.
Holly was often seen battered and bruised and, shortly before her death, told her sister that she was tired of Ira. For months after she was reported missing by her parents, Einhorn’s Philadelphia neighbors complained of a putrid odor coming from his apartment. A neighbor downstairs complained of a brownish red liquid dripping into his closet from Ira’a apartment.
At 9 AM on March 28, 1979, the police went to 3411 Race Street, the apartment of Ira Einhorn, not sure what they would find. The Philadelphia village was not a high-crime area and Ira was not a person who would commit a murder according to his associates. Ira had a dark side which combined an overpowering personality with his sometimes abusive relationship with women and he never had to answer for it. He had people convinced he was a victim of FBI and CIA conspiracies. He was a devoted advocate of environmental causes. He made a career of financing many liberal causes by simply going into the homes and offices of the rich and asking for it.
When the detectives arrived at Ira’s house that day, one reached under Ira’s bed and found a trunk. As he pulled away the coverings in it, he felt a small hand. He reached in further and found the mummified body of Holly Maddux. Her skull had been crushed several times by blunt force and she was stuffed in a box the size of a child half her size. The coroner would later say that she was still alive when placed in the trunk and tried to claw her way out. When found, her body weighed 37 pounds. When the shocked detective discovered her body, he said that it looked like he found Holly’s body. The arrogant and disheveled Einhorn repeatedly said, “You found what you found.”
Ira Einhorn was one of the people who conceived the original Earth Day and there are some question as to whether he was the co-founder as he claimed. Donald Nathanson, the Prosecution witness, said Einhorn had been on the Earth Day organizing committee but when the Earth Day event was planned, he was kept off the 7-member panel because of his aggressive and boorish behavior. Einhorn, he said, attended and commandeered the event, taking over with endless rants and proclamations.
Soon-to-be Representative, Arlen Specter was Mr. Einhorn’s attorney. “He managed to get the bail set at the unheard of amount of $40,000 for the suspected murderer. Only 10 percent was needed to free him. Barbara Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, paid it. Proclaiming his innocence, Mr. Einhorn told all that he was framed for the murder. He said it was the CIA or the FBI who committed the murder and they were trying to frame him because of his political activities.
When he went on trial, other Philadelphia liberals joined Arlen Spector and Barbara Bronfman in speaking to his character and innocence, despite the fact that her body was found under his bed and despite the fact that the prosecution had insurmountable evidence to support a conviction. Einhorn and his elite friends proclaimed his innocence. Einhorn was a darling of the Philadelphia elite and a force in the environmental movement. The supporters at his trial included Ivy League professors, an Episcopalian minister and corporate executives who said under oath that Einhorn was a man of the greatest integrity.
Pictures of Holly Maddux’s remains were presented to the jury.
Einhorn was convicted and faced the death penalty. After Arlen Spector arranged the low bail, Einhorn fled and disappeared for sixteen years. He was found in France, but extradition from France, where he was living like a country gentleman with his beautiful Swedish wife, took another four years. A special act of the Philadelphia legislature and a promise to not seek the death penalty got him back. He is in prison for 30-life at the
The Daily Kos writer would like to forget that one of their esteemed environmental leaders was a depraved murderer and Rush might be over-stating the connection between one lone killer and an environmental movement. You decide.