Earth Day Philly Style

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Earth Day Philly Style

Environmentalist Loved Planet, Murdered Girlfriend

By MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE, The Philadelphia Bulletin

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Today is Earth Day, a holiday created to honor the planet and to raise the consciousness of mans effect on the environment. Philadelphia has a very strong tie to this day. One of its native sons, Ira Einhorn, was a co-founder of the environmentalist jubilee.

But Mr. Einhorn has another line on his resume. In addition to being a environmental guru, he is the Unicorn Killer.

While a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Einhorn dated a Bryn Mawr College graduate by the name of Holly Maddux. When the affair ended in 1977, Mr. Einhorn went into a jealous rage and murdered her.

He concealed his crime for 18 months by stuffing Ms. Madduxs body in a trunk that he kept in his apartment. The foul odor of the decomposing corpse coming from Mr. Einhorns Powelton Village apartment caused neighbors to complain. In 1979, police found the trunk stored in a closet in Mr. Einhorns apartment.

Ira Einhorn, member of the counterculture pantheon, one of the founders of the environmentalist movement, icon of the liberal intelligentsia, was charged with murder. But it was not just a simple murder, it was a gruesome case of domestic violence.

At the bail hearing, Mr. Einhorn was praised by a contingent of luminaries all testifying to his character. There were Ivy League professors, an Episcopalian minister and corporate executives who worked with Mr. Einhorn raising funds. They all stated under oath that he was a man of the greatest integrity.

Arlen Specter, currently Pennsylvanias senior United States Senator, was Mr. Einhorns attorney. He managed to get the bail set at the unheard of amount of $40,000 for the suspected murderer.
Now, I'm not saying a murderer can't have a good idea, but, WOW, to still be making a big deal of his idea decades later... kinda doesn't feel right, you know? I mean, you don't see people lauding Hitler's speaking ability, or Mao's fashion sense...
Oh, but, Marilyn Manson and Guns and Roses DID record some of Charlie Manson's songs...

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