September 22, 2000
To The French Government: Now we understand. Seventy-five years ago, in Paris, artist Andre Breton wrote the first Surrealist Manifesto, defining a major art movement that, along with Dada, celebrated irrationality, dream states and the suspension of logic. Your continued refusal to return Ira Einhorn to the U.S. must be your idea of an amusing way to celebrate the anniversary. Any other logical conclusion escapes us. For how else would one celebrate a movement known for a painting of a pipe with the caption "this is not a pipe" (our homage to Magritte's "The Wind and the Song" is to the right)
July 30, 2001 |
A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG woman vanishes. For months, her family searches in vain. They suspect her boyfriend, a secretive and arrogant older man active in public life. But his friends, including many famous members of the political and cultural elite, refuse to believe their charismatic chum could be a suspect in any criminal wrongdoing. Frustrated with the police's lack of progress, the missing woman's family hires its own private investigators. And waits and waits and waits for the nightmare to end. Chandra Levy and Gary Condit?
October 2, 2002 |
MONDAY was the first day of the trial of Ira Einhorn. It was my last. I can't sit through another day of watching the back of his head as he leans over to talk to his attorney. I can't stand to hear his victim, Holly Maddux being defined by her relationship with this man as if her life meant nothing before or after Ira. And I certainly don't want to be there the day this smug, self-important sociopath takes the stand to try to explain why he fled from the one justice system on earth where a fair trial was his absolute birthright.
October 24, 2002
AHHH, SWEET justice. Though it took over 25 years, Ira Einhorn finally got what he deserved. Did he really think he was going to walk out of that courtroom a free man? He certainly was still in his hippie-guru dreamland. His appeals will fall on deaf ears. I hope we don't have to hear from him ever again. Au revoir, Ira. Cheryl Gilbert, Collingswood, N.J. Once in a while, justice prevails, as evidenced by the richly deserved guilty verdict against the monstrous Ira Einhorn, a serial brutalizer of women.
July 20, 2001
Hey, mister DJ, change Ira Einhorn's theme song from "I Was a Free Man in Paris" to "I Fought the Law, and the Law Won. " Einhorn - a charlatan and coward who has smugly defied justice for decades - has at last been told to come home to Philadelphia to stand trial on charges that he is also a killer. The European Court of Human Rights yesterday brushed aside the last of Einhorn's specious claims that he should be spared a retrial in the United States on charges that he bludgeoned girlfriend Holly Maddux to death in 1977 and hid her body in a trunk.
April 29, 2016 |
Convicted murderer Ira Einhorn was moved this week from the medium-security state prison where he has been held since his 2002 conviction to a minimum-security prison with units for terminally ill and geriatric inmates. Susan McNaughton, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, confirmed that Einhorn, 75, was moved Monday from State Correctional Institution Houtzdale, in Clearfield County, to SCI Laurel Highlands in Somerset County. She declined to give a reason, citing privacy concerns.
August 7, 2001
YOUR editorial (July 31) is a diatribe against Mumia Abu-Jamal, a great Philadelphian, whose legacy will shine long after Frank Rizzo, Lynne Abraham and Ed Rendell take their place in the dustbin of history. Comparing Mumia to Ira Einhorn is a crude ploy. One similarity: Both were essentially convicted in absentia in show trials, amid the Philadelphia courts' corrupt atmosphere. But although Einhorn may claim he was framed, Mumia can demonstrate it. As a teen-age Black Panther organizer, Mumia attracted the enmity of the FBI and Philadelphia police.
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.
October 25, 1988 |
Ira Einhorn, the local "hippie guru" who vanished in 1981 after being accused of murdering his girlfriend, is the subject of a new book called "The Unicorn's Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius. " The author, former Philadelphian and Temple University grad Steven Levy (not the Channel 10 newscaster), discusses the strange case with Bernie Herman at 8 tonight on WWDB (FM/96.5) and with Marty Moss-Coane at 3 tomorrow on "Radio Times" over WHYY (FM/91). Also on 'DB today: Diane Raymond, at noon, discusses teaching children about sex with Lynn Leight, founder and executive director of Sex, Health and Education Centers . . . At 2 p.m., Irv Homer hosts state senators Frank Salvatore and Joseph Rocks for a discussion of how the state helps financially distressed cities.
July 22, 2001 |
The moment was classic Ira Einhorn. Thousands of flower children crowded Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The cast of Hair sang about love, welfare and pollution. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg lamented the end of the planet. U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine waited in the wings to give a speech, while a television crew for Walter Cronkite caught the action for the evening news. And Ira Einhorn - big, brash and boisterous - commanded the microphone.