Updated 4/25/2011, 16:53 CETMSNBC, surprisingly, reports here on the very dark side of Earth Day co-founder Ira Einhorn. Let us recall that the first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970 (April 22 happens to be the birthday of Vladimir Lenin).
MSNBC starts with (emphasis added):
Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the ‘composted’ body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.”
According to the report, he was a hippie guru who advocated peace, love and flower power, but then murdered his girlfriend Helen “Holly” Maddux after she had broken up with him. After she went to his apartment to gather her things, she was never seen again. Einhorn told the police:
…that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.”
Tofu and sprouts at the neighborhood co-op? It gets even funnier. Einhorn was arrested but he jumped bail and fled to Europe. Eventually, after having been on the run for 23 years, he was extradited to the States by the French. Here’s how he explained the murder to police:
Taking the stand in his own defense, Einhorn claimed that his ex-girlfriend had been killed by CIA agents who framed him for the crime because he knew too much about the agency’s paranormal military research.”
Maybe the real reason she was composted was probably because she had voted Republican, or criticised Paul Ehrlich. who knows? Indeed there are a number of theories Einhorn used to explain the death of his former girlfriend, including claiming that it was a set-up by the CIA and that he was surprised when he learned Holly Maddux’s body was found in his steamer chest in his closet in his apartment – months later and after foul liquids had been oozing through the floor and into the apartment below.
Wikipedia writes he was a friend and contemporary of Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman. Einhorn’s past is naturally an embarrassment for the Green movement, and like the Medieval Warm Period, they would prefer for us forgetting about it. MSNBC writes:
Understandably, Earth Day’s organizers have distanced themselves from his name, citing Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist and former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator who died in 2005, as Earth Day’s official founder and organizer.”
So let’s add Einhorn to the list of green psychopaths along with Bin Laden and Charles Manson – with Bill “bummer outer” McKibben, Michael “f-ing” Tobis, Richard “1010” Curtis and Ben “beat-the-crap” Santer on the potential list.
Finally, claiming that one invented the Internet seems to be a sort of mental bug greens are prone to having. According to http://cmm.lefora.com, Einhorn, like Al Gore, also claimed he created the Internet:
He further claims he ‘left the money economy in 1963, creating a lifestyle based on information transfer.’ Einhorn credits himself with ‘creating an international information network under the auspices of Bell of Pa. and AT&T, called the Internet before the Internet that reached into 27 countries.’ Then he provided a (long) list of accomplishments.”
And here’s much more on the violent background of the man who was part of the founding of Earth Day: http://cmm.lefora.com/2009/01/20/ira-einhorn-bully-conman-mooch-murderer/.