Unicorn killer – an Earth Day original greenie

April 22, 2011 11:50

Einhorn was active in ecological groups and was an icon of the counterculture, anti-establishment and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s. At one time, he was a friend and contemporary of Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman. He also claimed to have been instrumental in creating Earth Day. – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia


Ira Samuel Einhorn, a.k.a. “The Unicorn Killer” (born May 15, 1940), is a convicted murderer, and former American activist of the 1960s and 1970s. He is now serving a life sentence for the 1977 murder of Holly Maddux.

Einhorn had a five-year relationship with Holly Maddux, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College who was originally from Tyler, Texas. In 1977, Maddux broke up with Einhorn. She went to New York City and became involved with Saul Lapidus. After learning about this turn of events, Einhorn called Maddux and told her to come back to Philadelphia to retrieve her belongings. She did so and was never seen again.

When questioned, Einhorn told police that Maddux had left to go to the store but never came back. Eighteen months later, Maddux’s decomposing corpse was found by police in a trunk stored in a closet in Einhorn’s apartment. Upon being confronted by police with this discovery, Einhorn reportedly replied “you found what you found”. Einhorn’s bail was reduced to $40,000 at the request of his attorney Arlen Specter; Einhorn was released from custody in advance of his trial by paying 10% of the bond’s value, or $4,000. This bail was paid, not by Einhorn, but by Barbara Bronfman, a Montreal socialite and a member of the family that owns the Seagram liquor company.

In 1981, just days before his murder trial was to begin, Einhorn skipped bail and fled to Europe. Einhorn traveled in Europe for the next 16 years, along the way marrying a Swedish woman named Annika Flodin.

The French Green Party, in particular, complained that Einhorn should not have been extradited until the issues concerning his case were fully settled.

Einhorn, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections #ES6859, is currently serving his sentence in the State Correctional Institution in Houtzdale.


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