Ira Einhorn - The Unicorn Killer

He beat his girlfriend to death.

 

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Einhorn was a top "Counter-Culture" Radical

He ran with Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Day, He Killed His Girlfriend

The body sat in a trunk, in his bedroom, for 18 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Maddux Was A Naive Girl Who Fell Under Einhorn's Spell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just An Innocent Wide-Eyed Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Maddox Was From Tyler, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking With A Vampire

Holly Maddox leaves Texas and attends Bryn Mawr College, a liberal arts school for women. She was an innocent fawn.  She drifted like a wind-blown leaf through relationships and jobs after graduation. Within days of their meeting, the Ira Einhorn, aka the Unicorn Killer, carried this wounded deer back to his lair, a squalid apartment near Penn University.
 

 

 

 

 

   

Ira Samuel Einhorn

Ira Einhorn was born in 1940, in New Jersey, to an Othodox Jewish family. Einhorn attended the University of Pennsylvania, but dropped out.  There were some alleged drug and sex accusations, but there were no charges.
 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Ira Drifted Until 1965

Ira Einhorn was just another un-washed druggie until he got involved in the Vietnam War protests. An anti-war activist and draft dodger, he laughed at Vietnam Vets.
 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Drugs And Free Love

It was 1968 and Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Isador Ginsberg, were all center stage. It's here where Einhorn begins to shine. Einhorn was the 'Rave' as a corporate guru-consultant, and had a number of wealthy benefactors.

   

 

 

 

 

 

Einhorn Was A Professor At Harvard

Einhorn won a teaching fellowship at Harvard in the '70s. In the '60s he had taught an alternative-education class at Penn, his alma mater, and once reportedly broke out the joints, stripped naked and danced in the classroom. 

   

 

 

 

 

 

The Murder

Einhorn met Holly Maddox in 1972. In the winter of 1977, after Holly told him she intended to leave him, Einhorn brutally beat her, giving her seven head fractures, then strangled young Holly to death. Holly's body remained in the trunk in the bedroom closet for 18 months.


As her body was in the trunk, Einhorn romped with other "Counter-Culture" radicals in the apartment.
 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Introduces Ira To Her Family

She brought Ira home to Texas to meet her Christian family, and they were horrified at the creature. Like a caveman, Einhorn began eating ravenously. While the family said grace, he scratched and clawed at his canker blisters.

He never bathed in the two days he spent in Texas.

   

 

 

 

 

 

The Murder

In the winter of 1977, after Holly told him she intended to leave him. Einhorn told her to get her belongings because he was throwing them into the street, she raced over. When she entered his lair, Einhorn brutally beat her, giving her seven head fractures, then strangled young Holly to death. Holly's body remained in the trunk in the bedroom closet for 18 months.

As her body was in the trunk, Einhorn romped with other "Counter-Culture" radicals in the apartment.
 


 

   

 

 

 

 

 

The Body Decays

After Einhorn killed her, he puts the body in a steamer trunk in his closet, and as the body decomposed, the fluids leaked through the floor, on to the tenant's ceiling below.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Detectives Discover The Remains

On March 28, 1979, at 9 a.m., homicide detective Chitwood knocked on Einhorn's door. Once inside, he headed straight for the locked closet. He pried it open with a crowbar and immediately smelled a "faint decaying smell, like a dead animal." Next he sprang the lock on the steamer trunk. The newspapers inside were dated August and September 1977. Under them was Styrofoam packing material. Chitwood scooped through it until he came to something he couldn't identify at first, and then it was clear. A hand. A human hand. He scooped some more, and as he did, Holly Maddux slowly emerged.

Einhorn stood by, impassive.
 

 

 

 

 

   
     

Police Find Decomposed Body In Trunk

     
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
   
   

Ira Einhorn And Jerry Rubin

Even when he was shown to be a drug dealer, and murderer, many of his supporters stayed with him. At his 1979 hearing, after Maddux's body was found, the courtroom was packed with professors, lawyers, civic leaders, and other prominent Philadelphians who wanted to testify about his good character.


But the evidence against him mounted. Testimony from two Jewish friends who were asked by Einhorn to help him dispose of the trunk.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Arlen Specter Is His Lawyer

Specter convinced a Judge to set Einhorn's bail at $ 40,000, only $4,000 of it needed to walk free. Normally, alleged murders don't get bail.

 

   

 

 

 

 

   

Barbara Bronfman

Barbara Bronfman, a Montreal socialite who had married into the Seagram distillery family, was said to be 'fascinated' by Einhorn. With help from her Zionist Jewish contacts, he fled to Europe.

Bronfman supported Einhorn until 1988, when she discovered he was bedding another woman. She turned him in to a private detective named DiBenedetto.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

Einhorn Hides In Europe

He lived in England, Ireland, and Sweden before he was apprehended in 1997 in Champagne Mouton, France, where he lived with his Swedish-born wife.

But, the Bordeaux court refused to extradite him for years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Einhorn Is In France

Einhorn aka Eugene Mallon lived like a sun king in the south of France, sharing a tile-roofed farmhouse with his strawberry-blond Swedish wife. He read books, put idle thoughts to paper and played in a bridge club every Friday. She baked bread, tended garden and strolled into the nearby village of Champagne-Mouton on market day, tall and delicate, a sight so fair the mayor's tired old heart would stir.

It was paradise, until June 13. A small army of French national police crept in before sunrise and surrounded the house. Three of them, 9-mm Berettas drawn, went to the door and knocked firmly as the others hid in the fields.
 

   

 

 

 

 

 

French Zionists Fought Extradition

French Zionists didn't want another Leo Frank, so they sought to delay, and possibly bury, the case. He was finally returned to the United States in July of 2001.

 

   

 

 

 

   
   

Einhorn Is Finally Extradited After 22 Years

He arrives in New York to the screams of fellow Zionists.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

   

Einhorn's Trial

The evidence against Einhorn was just too strong, and he knew it. So did the jury, who found him guilty of first-degree murder in December of 2002.

When testimony revealed that Einhorn tried to mummify the body as a trophy, that was the final straw.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

A Friendly Judge

Ira Einhorn is sentenced to a Country Club prison, where he can have daily conjugal visits. 5

   

 

 

 

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