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Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 15:02:32 -0700
From: radtimes <email@example.com>
Subject: Welcome Back, Einhorn
Welcome Back, Einhorn
By Michael P. Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 21, 2002
Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out...
Given the gruesome details of his girlfriend's murder, what dreams they
must have been.
Now I know what happened to the brown acid at Woodstock.
Ira Einhorn was convicted in Philadelphia on Thursday for that murder and
life without parole. He originally was sentenced to death. However, in
order to have him
extradited from France, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was required to
pass a law
making the death penalty inapplicable to Einhorn. The commonwealth was
grant a new trial as well.
Ira Einhorn was a member of the counterculture pantheon. He was a founder
environmentalist movement. He was an icon of the liberal intelligentsia.
However, Einhorn is also the poster boy for domestic violence. He was
killing his girlfriend in 1977, stuffing her body into a steamer trunk, and
keeping the trunk
in a locked closet for eighteen months, before police discovered it in 1979.
At the bail hearing Einhorn was praised by a contingent of luminaries-all
testifying to his
character. Ivy league professors, an Episcopalian minister, corporate
worked with Einhorn raising funds, all stated under oath that he was of the
Arlen Specter, currently Pennsylvania's senior United States Senator, was
attorney. Somehow, he managed to get bail for the suspected murderer. Barbara
Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, paid his bail.
Proclaiming his innocence, Einhorn told all that he was framed. It was the
CIA or the FBI
who committed the murder and they were trying to frame him for it because
political activities. Some will note that another notorious Philadelphia
Abu Jamal, used this defense a few years later. Like Mumia, Einhorn has no
So certain was Einhorn of his innocence, he left Philadelphia in 1981,
before the trial.
More than a decade passed when, unable to locate him, the DA's office tried
absentia. He was convicted in 1993.
Several years after the absentia conviction,in 1997, Einhorn was located,
living in France
with a new girlfriend-a Swedish woman. The District Attorney's office in
immediately asked to have him extradited. However, the humanistic French
extradite Einhorn. French officals cited the use of capital punishment in
and the conviction in absentia as reasons for their refusal. Of course, the
French legal system is the Napoleonic Code that considers the accused
Einhorn's cadre of lawyers, and patrons cleverly manipulated the French
One can only guess how Einhorn managed to pay for all of this. For that
was he able to finance his lifestyle-he lived in a house valued at $90,000? The
Philadelphia Daily News reported in 1997 that the distillery heiress
Bronfman was one of
his financiers. However, while Bronfman admitting sending him money
initially, she no
Einhorn was able to convince the French courts not to extradite him until
he received the
promise of a new trial. A Pennsylvania legislator, Dan O'Brien, introduced
a bill in the
Pennsylvania General Assembly that allowed granting Einhorn a new trial, if
he asked for
it, and if the French extradited him. The bill did not vacate the original
The France began extradition. Einhorn's representatives requested the
of Human Rights to review the case. Einhorn's request was not granted.
There are two ironies about the Einhorn saga. One is that the judge in the
case said of
Einhorn, "I think that the testimony has adequately demonstrated to my
this particular defendant was - in the most complimentary terms that I can
come up with -
someone I would call an intellectual dilettante who preyed on the uninitiated,
uninformed, unsuspecting and inexperienced people," Mazzola said.
I have often said that liberals are the self-righteous, led by the
self-important, for the
benefit of the self-serving. Einhorn is the paradigm of this.
The other irony is that Einhorn was arrested the same day the Three Mile
accident occurred. Ira Einhorn, environmentalist, the local Earth Day
was charged with murder during the same period as one of the greatest
crises in the United States.
Oddly enough, more people died because of the environmentalist than because
Mr. Tremoglie is a former Philadelphia police officer, and now a health-care
consultant and freelance writer living in Philadelphia.
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