July 27, 2001 |
After Ira Einhorn vanished in January 1981, just before his murder trial, one man in Philadelphia dogged his trail for 20 years. Richard DiBenedetto was a 32-year-old investigator for the District Attorney's Office when the hunt started. Today, with Einhorn finally in a Pennsylvania prison, he is a 52-year-old retiree who got his man at last. DiBenedetto savored that victory by reopening a carefully saved bottle of Bordeaux. He first uncorked the French wine in 1997, to celebrate Einhorn's capture in France.
April 17, 1988 |
When Carol Einhorn takes center stage at Resorts International next week to do her rendition of Singing in the Rain, five busloads of her friends from Leisuretowne, a retirement community in Vincentown, will be rooting for her. Einhorn, 64, the mother of three and grandmother of seven, will represent New Jersey at the Ms. Senior America Pageant set for April 20 at Resorts, in Atlantic City. A perky, trim redhead, Einhorn hails from Ardsley, N.Y., and has lived at Leisuretowne for almost three years.
August 10, 2000 |
Mary Maddux used to play outfield. That and a little anger went a long way last night during the Daily News-WPHT (1210-AM) Ira Einhorn Killer Tomato Toss. The Massachusetts resident, sister of Einhorn murder victim Holly Maddux, managed to hit the most impressive shot during the tomato throw: Nailed Einhorn right in the forehead, dead center. The target was a billboard mug shot of Einhorn, the man convicted in absentia in 1993 of bludgeoning Holly Maddux to death, then sticking her corpse in his closet to rot. Throwing tomatoes at the billboard was supposed to be the consolation prize for contestants whose homegrown fruit failed to woo the judges with their ripeness, heft, color and shape.
February 19, 1999 |
As Ira Einhorn listened in apparent disbelief, a three-judge French court ruled here yesterday that he may be extradited to the United States to face a new trial for the 1977 murder of Helen "Holly" Maddux. The decision marked an abrupt change of fortune for Einhorn, 58, the former counterculture guru who has been pursued by U.S. and Philadelphia authorities for nearly two decades ever since he fled to Europe as his murder trial was pending. The same French court had ruled in December 1997 that Einhorn, who was convicted in absentia in 1993, could not be extradited because Philadelphia could not promise him a new trial if he was returned to the United States.
June 18, 1997 |
Moving Ira Einhorn from his French prison cell to one in Pennsylvania could prove difficult, costly, frustrating - and slow. The main problem, say experts in international law, is that Einhorn, a fugitive from the law since 1981, was convicted in absentia in Philadelphia and sentenced to life in prison - and has no rights of appeal left under U.S. law. France and other European countries grant people who have been convicted in absentia the...
January 11, 2002 |
When Ira Einhorn's second murder trial begins in the fall, prosecutors plan to present new testimony against the former fugitive, accused of killing his girlfriend in 1977 and stuffing her body in a trunk. "There are new witnesses that have come forward," Assistant District Attorney Joel Rosen told Common Pleas Court Judge William J. Mazzola yesterday. Rosen later declined to elaborate. Mazzola scheduled the case to begin Sept. 30. Jury selection and the trial are expected to last three or four weeks.
November 21, 1997 |
With Ira Einhorn beaming at them from the side benches, Einhorn's French attorneys argued yesterday that he could not be extradited to the United States because America's "inhumane," "regressive" and "Stone Age" judicial system could not guarantee him fair treatment. The attorneys said Philadelphia assistant district attorney Joel Rosen, who won a murder conviction against Einhorn in a 1993 trial in absentia, was as trustworthy as "a used car salesman. " And if the French courts agree to allow Einhorn to be sent back to the United States, they said, it will be a victory for American "imperialism," showing that "a little court in a small country shouldn't give lessons in human rights to the new master of the world order.
May 28, 1999 |
Ira Einhorn's French courtroom battle is over. He lost. A French appeals court yesterday agreed that the hippie fugitive should be shipped back to Philadelphia. But don't set up that airport welcome committee yet. The two-year odyssey to reclaim Philadelphia's most famous fugitive isn't over. Einhorn's extradition to face murder charges here for the 1977 bludgeoning of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, will now enter an administrative realm in French government. Before Einhorn can come back, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin must sign the extradition order.
December 3, 1999 |
Now Ira Einhorn wants to talk. After years of running, hiding and refusing interviews, the fugitive guru is shopping his story to about 300 reporters. In a three-page e-mail distributed this week, Einhorn - writing from his quaint cottage in the South of France - invited an "honest journalist" to document "his side of the story" of the 1977 murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux. It was unclear yesterday whether Einhorn's urgent attempt to find a friendly reporter was inspired by hurt feelings or fear.
September 3, 1997 |
Annika Flodin is standing by her man. Ira Einhorn's Swedish wife said she believes the convicted murderer was framed. "We've lived together for nearly 10 years," she said in an interview in French last weekend. "I knew from the beginning what they accuse him of and I know that it is false. He never killed his first woman. He is the opposite of a violent man. He's a pacifist. " She believes Einhorn was set up for the murder of Helen "Holly" Maddux, because of his ideas, his network of friends that extended all the way to the Soviet Union, his anti-nuclear meetings and his work with the paranormal and telepathic.