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Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 22:21:30 -0700
From: radtimes <email@example.com>
Subject: Ira Einhorn may be smart, but he did some very dumb things
Ira Einhorn may be smart, but he did some very dumb things
Oct. 10, 2002
By Jill Porter
THERE'S AN old saying that goes: If you're so smart, how come you're not
The corollary for Ira Einhorn is: If he's so smart, how come he's not free?
And I'm not just talking about the fact that Einhorn was so arrogant that he
never bothered to move Holly Maddux's body out of his closet.
I'm talking about the fact that he fled the country on the eve of his trial
in 1981, when he had a better chance at getting a sympathetic hearing than
he does today.
Because, fortunately, the society that's prosecuting this delusional
psychopath now is far different from what it was 21 years ago.
It's far less susceptible to tales of government assassination conspiracies.
It's far more hostile to batterers and far more aware that a woman is most
at risk when she decides to leave an abusive relationship.
Not to mention that with the support of the high-profile personalities who
believed in Einhorn's innocence then, he'd surely have inspired an
international protest, a la Mumia Abu-Jamal, if he had been convicted.
Einhorn would have been elevated from guru to martyr. He'd have been
celebrated as a political prisoner and inspired demonstrations all over the
His writings would have been broadcast over radio stations, embraced as
gospel on campuses.
But if he's sent to prison now, Einhorn will be just another psycho killer
the world can - and hopefully will - ignore.
In 1981, the imprint of the '60s and '70s hadn't entirely dissipated and
Einhorn's wacko theories might have had a political currency they never
Conspiracy theories had been a load-bearing pillar of the counterculture.
And even though the first wave of boomers was already middle-aged by then,
the distrust of government lingered like an aftertaste.
The FBI/CIA had killed Marilyn Monroe and Karen Silkwood to spare the
goverment embarrassment, hadn't they? They'd given intentional drug
overdoses to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison to undermine our
generation, hadn't they?
I was among those who never entirely relinquished those suspicions even as
we abandoned the other assumptions and suppositions of the Sixties.
And so Einhorn's theory that Maddux was killed to discredit his research
into mind-control weapons might not have seemed so grandiose and ridiculous
But the federal government today, especially after 9/11, is seen as our
salvation, not a sinister presence in our midst. There may be political
dissent and policy disagreement, but there's no internal ideological war.
We're all on the same side now, united by our real enemies.
In today's world, Einhorn's attempt to implicate the government in the death
of an innocent woman has no resonance whatsoever.
And then there's the drastic change in society's attitude toward domestic
violence that occurred while Einhorn was a fugitive.
Although ignorance about the issue has by no means been eradicated, back in
1981, domestic violence wasn't even a commonly used term. And it was
considered a private matter.
"People were just in a 'bad relationship,' " remembered Cynthia Figueroa, of
Women Against Abuse.
And although the organization had already opened the first shelter as a safe
haven for victims in 1979, it was still considered controversial.
"When it opened, we were accused of breaking up families," remembered Carol
Tracy of the Women's Law Project.
But research in the mid-to-late 1980s helped educate the public about
domestic violence, particularly to the fact that a victim is in danger of
being murdered when she infuriates an abusive mate by trying to end the
Jurors back then might have assumed that Maddux's decision to leave wouldn't
have enraged Einhorn to the point of homicide, since he had sexual
relationships with other women at the same time.
But if they've been paying any attention at all over the past couple of
decades, they know better now.
And while Einhorn may well have been found guilty in 1981, it's possible
he'd have been convicted of something less than first-degree murder and been
out of prison by now.
So, Ira Einhorn, it seems, isn't quite the brilliant thinker he portrays
himself to be.
If he was, he'd have have disposed of the trunk with Holly Maddux's body in
And he'd have gone to trial in 1981, when society might not have seen him
quite as clearly as the evil killer that he is.
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