October 14, 2010 |
IRA EINHORN still has the white hair and goatee he sported in 2002, when he was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, whose mummified remains were found in a trunk in Einhorn's Powelton Village apartment in 1979. And those blue eyes haven't lost their freaky intensity as he approaches the eighth anniversary, this Sunday, of his conviction. But, at 70, Einhorn is thinner than the husky bear we knew back then. His hairline has receded, revealing a scalp that looks like marbled ham, and he has lost some front teeth.
June 13, 2006 |
Montgomery County Coroner Halbert E. Fillinger Jr., 79, of Ambler, a forensic pathologist whose scientific sleuthing helped solve hundreds of homicides, died Sunday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Fillinger had been the county coroner for 14 years and was at work until a week ago. Fillinger testified in some of the region's highest profile murder trials, including the 2002 murder trial of Ira Einhorn, the counterculture figure who had killed his girlfriend and stuffed the body in a trunk.
July 13, 2005 |
A charismatic career cop, known as "Batman" by some, is thinking about coming back to the Philadelphia area he left nearly two decades ago. Michael Chitwood Sr., 61, police chief in Portland, Maine, said yesterday that he was negotiating with Upper Darby officials, who are looking for a leader to replace Superintendent Vincent J. Ficchi, who is retiring in the fall. "We're still talking," said Chitwood, reached in Portland. "Right now, we haven't finalized any deal. " In Philadelphia law enforcement circles, "Chitwood" is a household name.
November 30, 2004 |
Cable TV's gaping maw demands programming, and it can turn the most respectable intentions into sleaze city. Tonight's case in point: Interpol Investigates at 10 p.m. and its luridly uninformative rehash of the famous case of Ira Einhorn, which cheapens the often distinguished National Geographic Channel. "When crimes are committed," breathless narrator Michael Shapiro gushes, "an international organization unites police officers to deliver justice. " You know the show's dying to follow that rip-off of the Law & Order prologue with the distinctive musical dunh-dunt, but that would unite an international organization of copyright lawyers to deliver subpoenas.
November 20, 2004 |
Former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge William M. Marutani, 81, a civil-rights advocate who was no stranger to discrimination, died Monday at home in Lumberton, Burlington County. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease. Gabriel Bevilacqua, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, said yesterday: "Judge Marutani was an ideal Philadelphia lawyer. He was committed to pro bono, a leading jurist, and a caring colleague and friend. " The association was scheduled to give Judge Marutani the Bar Medal for lifetime achievement next month.
January 9, 2004 |
The unflappable and methodical prosecutor who twice convicted Ira Einhorn of murder and put the hippie fugitive away for life has left the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office for private practice. Joel Rosen, who worked in the office for 22 years and once headed the elite Major Trials Unit, began work this week as a personal injury lawyer for the Center City firm Kessler Cohen & Roth. The firm handles plaintiffs' litigation in product liability and medical malpractice. "It's a group of great lawyers - very bright attorneys - and they have great cases," Rosen said yesterday.
March 4, 2003 |
In a terse, hand-printed letter from prison, convicted murderer Ira Einhorn attempted to fire his defense attorney during his appeal. After two decades on the run in Europe, Einhorn, a counterculture guru, was convicted in October of the 1977 slaying of his former girlfriend Holly Maddux. Veteran defense attorney William Cannon was appointed by the court to handle the high-profile murder trial and initial appeal. But in a Feb. 21 letter to Cannon, a copy of which Einhorn sent to The Inquirer, Einhorn wrote: ". . . To reiterate for the third time, I no longer wish you to act in any way as my lawyer.
December 11, 2002
IN HIS Dec. 7 op-ed, Christopher Hitchens was dead on with his appraisal of Henry Kissinger as a friend of tyrants and keeper of America's dirty secrets. Kissinger's crimes against humanity and the democratic ideal have been exhaustively documented by scholars, activists, and, most importantly, by the families of his many victims. The Daily News waged a campaign for years to have Ira Einhorn extradited from France in order to have some semblance of justice served for the family of Holly Maddux.
November 13, 2002
NOW THAT the Ira Einhorn situation is mercifully behind us, perhaps the Daily News - with its "journalistic license" - can take a long look at your deplorable and irresponsible methods of journalism throughout the chase, capture, trial and conviction of Einhorn. The Daily News treated the Holly Maddux murder case as nothing more than a joke. As if the stupid tomato-toss contests didn't provide readers with enough juvenile behavior from so-called adults, later came a "news" article (Oct.
November 7, 2002 |
For 22 days last month, the Philadelphians who convicted Ira Einhorn of first-degree murder lived and dined in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel across the street from the Criminal Justice Center - at a cost to the city of more than $95,000. But the full price of tracking down the fugitive and bringing him to justice a full quarter-century after the murder of his former girlfriend Holly Maddux is probably incalculable. After the counterculture leader jumped bail in 1981 on the eve of trial, investigators from the District Attorney's Office and the FBI followed his trail through Ireland, England, Sweden, Denmark and France.