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Ira Einhorn
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Murderer
    (May 15, 1940- )
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Murdered ex-girlfriend Holly Maddux
    Sentenced to death in abstensia (1993)
    Retried after being extradited (2001)
    Sentenced to life without parole (2002)
    He had hit a previous girlfriend over the head with a Coke bottle, then wrote in his journal, 'Violence always marks the end of a relationship.'
    Maddux disappeared after Einhorn demanded that she come to his apartment to retrieve her belongings (September 7, 1977).
    Eighteen months later, Maddux's body was found in a trunk in a locked closet in his apartment (March 28, 1979).
    An autopsy indicated Maddux had still been alive when she was stuffed in the trunk and died while trying to claw her way out.
    Before his trial began, he skipped bail and fled for Europe.
    After he was tracked down in France (1997), extradition took four years because of French objections to the death penalty and his trial in abstensia.
    The Pennsylvania legislature passed a special 'Einhorn Law' to grant defendants convicted in abstensia the right to request a new trial (1998).
    After the French Council of State rejected his appeal of the extradition order, he tried to slit his throat, producing another week's delay (July 12, 2001).
    At his retrial, his defense was to claim that the CIA had killed Maddux to frame him.
    He helped organize Philadelphia's first Earth Day (1970).
    He received a fellowship to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
    After his conviction, Holly's sister Buffy Hall said, 'We trusted the system would work and it ultimately did, even against astronomical odds.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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