Ira Einhorn, the Unicorn Killer, dies, but lives on in my book.

One of the murderers in my Privileged Killers and the Psychopaths among us, just died. I’ve blogged about him from time to time – here for example and with photos here.  Tho his death has been widely reported as due to natural causes, he died of longstanding cardiac problems. His death, allegedly, was  unrelated to the current coronavirus pandemic.


Ire Einhorn arrested in 1979

Ire Einhorn arrested in 1979.TempleU.



Nick Arama, writes in NBC Philadelphia that one-time  environmentalist: “Ira Einhorn, 79, has died in prison. Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said Einhorn died early Friday [April 3, 2020] in a western Pennsylvania state prison…

In the 1960s, Einhorn was an outspoken and engaging student at the University of Pennsylvania. He opposed the Vietnam war, in fact, he claimed to oppose all violence. Like many of his peers at that time, he was a hippie who supported flower power, peace, free love and, of course, the environment. He called himself “Unicorn” because his German-Jewish last name translates to “one horn.”

In 1977, his long-time girlfriend, Helen “Holly” Maddux, left him. NBC reported that Einhorn threatened to throw her possessions out onto the street if she didn’t come to collect them. On September 9, 1977, she returned to the apartment and was never seen again.

According to NBC, Einhorn told Philadelphia police “that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.”

It wasn’t until 18 months later that investigators searched Einhorn’s apartment after one of his neighbors complained that a reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn’s bedroom closet. Inside the closet, police found Maddux’s beaten and partially mummified body stuffed into a trunk that had also been packed with Styrofoam, air fresheners and newspapers.

After his arrest, Einhorn jumped bail and spent decades evading authorities by hiding out in Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and France. After 23 years, he was finally extradited to the United States from France and put on trial. Taking the stand in his own defense, Einhorn claimed that his ex-girlfriend had been killed by CIA agents who framed him for the crime because he knew too much about the agency’s paranormal military research. He was convicted of murdering Maddux and is currently serving a life sentence.

Following his conviction, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said: “Metaphorically speaking, Ira Einhorn and his Virgo moon are toast.”

NBC reports that after Maddox’s murder, Earth Day organizers chose to “distance themselves” from Einhorn. They cite the late Gaylord Nelson, “an environmental activist and former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator who died in 2005, as Earth Day’s official founder and organizer.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in the spring of 1970 as a way to bring national awareness to the fact that, at the time, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms in place to protect the environment. About 20 million participants at various Earth Day events across the U.S. made Earth Day a success, and in December of 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues — the EPA.”


Ira Einhorn – a psychopath?

What’re your thoughts about the incredible hypocrisy – and psychopathy – of Einhorn?


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