"Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend"

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    Apr 23, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    Hope you all had a happy earth day! icon_wink.gif ... though in seriousness, while this isn't something that's an argument for or against the idea of Earth Day, it's remarkable what gets lost and sanitized down the memory hole.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42711922/ns/technology_and_science-science/

    "Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend"

    Ira Einhorn preached against Vietnam War and violence, but had dark side

    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.

    A self-proclaimed environmental activist, Einhorn made a name for himself among ecological groups during the 1960s and '70s by taking on the role of a tie-dye-wearing ecological guru and Philadelphia’s head hippie. With his long beard and gap-toothed smile, Einhorn — who nicknamed himself "Unicorn" because his German-Jewish last name translates to "one horn" —advocated flower power, peace and free love to his fellow students at the University of Pennsylvania. He also claimed to have helped found Earth Day.

    But the charismatic spokesman who helped bring awareness to environmental issues and preached against the Vietnam War — and any violence — had a secret dark side. When his girlfriend of five years, Helen "Holly" Maddux, moved to New York and broke up with him, Einhorn threatened that he would throw her left-behind personal belongings onto the street if she didn't come back to pick them up.

    And so on Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.
    It wasn't until 18 months later that investigators searched Einhorn's apartment after one of his neighbors complained that a reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn's bedroom closet. Inside the closet, police found Maddux's beaten and partially mummified body stuffed into a trunk that had also been packed with Styrofoam, air fresheners and newspapers.

    After his arrest, Einhorn jumped bail and spent decades evading authorities by hiding out in Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and France. After 23 years, he was finally extradited to the United States from France and put on trial. 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. He was convicted of murdering Maddux and is currently serving a life sentence.

    Although Einhorn was only the master of ceremonies at the first Earth Day event, he maintains that Earth Day was his idea and that he's responsible for launching it. 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.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day in the spring of 1970 as a way to bring national awareness to the fact that, at the time, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms in place to protect the environment. About 20 million participants at various Earth Day events across the U.S. made Earth Day a success, and in December of 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues — the EPA.
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    Apr 23, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    So in fact he wasn't the co-founder and he didn't "compost" his girlfriend. You're just making up BS about a murder of a young woman.
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    Apr 23, 2011 1:09 PM GMT
    freakofnature saidSo in fact he wasn't the co-founder and he didn't "compost" his girlfriend. You're just making up BS about a murder of a young woman.


    If you took the time to click on the link to the story, you would see that this is the title:

    "Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend"

    Don't shoot the messenger.
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    freakofnature saidSo in fact he wasn't the co-founder and he didn't "compost" his girlfriend. You're just making up BS about a murder of a young woman.


    Surf's observation notwithstanding - (thank you surf, as noted, wasn't my title but I should have made that clearer), why do you suppose that he wasn't the co-founder if not THE founder of Earth day? Given his influence and connections at the time, why is it so difficult to believe - especially given he was even the MC of the first event? (feel free to use the Google).

    The hostility of your reaction however is curious. Does it also bother you when people point out that earth day also happens to be Lenin's birthday?
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    The founder of Earth Day is Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI).
    [i]Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries.[citation needed]

    Senator Nelson, an environmental activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. He modeled it on the highly effective Vietnam War teach-ins of the time.[6] Earth Day was first proposed in a prospectus to JFK written by Fred Dutton.[7] However, Nelson decided against much of Dutton's top-down approach, favoring a decentralized, grassroots effort in which each community shaped their action around local concerns.

    Nelson had conceived the idea for Earth Day following a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off the coast in 1969.[citation needed] Outraged by the devastation and Washington political inertia, Nelson proposed a national teach-in on the environment to be observed by every university campus in the U.S.[8]

    I am convinced that all we need to do to bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster is to present the facts clearly and dramatically. To marshal such an effort, I am proposing a national teach-in on the crisis of the environment to be held next spring on every university campus across the Nation. The crisis is so imminent, in my opinion, that every university should set aside 1 day in the school year-the same day across the Nation-for the teach-in.[8]

    One of the organizers of the event said:

    "We're going to be focusing an enormous amount of public interest on a whole, wide range of environmental events, hopefully in such a manner that it's going to be drawing the interrelationships between them and, getting people to look at the whole thing as one consistent kind of picture, a picture of a society that's rapidly going in the wrong direction that has to be stopped and turned around.

    "It's going to be an enormous affair, I think. We have groups operating now in about 12,000 high schools, 2,000 colleges and universities and a couple of thousand other community groups. It's safe to say I think that the number of people who will be participating in one way or another is going to be ranging in the millions."[9]

    Nelson announced his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the environment in a speech to a fledgling conservation group in Seattle on September 20, 1969, and then again six days later in Atlantic City to a meeting of the United Auto Workers. Senator Nelson hoped that a grassroots outcry about environmental issues might prove to Washington, D.C. just how distressed Americans were in every constituency. Senator Nelson invited Republican Representative Paul N “Pete” McCloskey to serve as his co-chair and they incorporated a new non-profit organization, environmental Teach-In, Inc., to stimulate participation across the country. Both continued to give speeches plugging the event.[10][11][12]

    On September 29, 1969, in a long, front-page New York Times article, Gladwin Hill wrote:

    "Rising concern about the "environmental crisis" is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems, analogous to the mass demonstrations on Vietnam, is being planned for next spring, when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...."[13]

    Denis Hayes, a Harvard graduate student, read the NYT article and traveled to Washington to get involved.[14] He had been student body president and a campus activist at Stanford University in McCloskey’s district and where Teach-In board member Paul Ehrlich was a professor. He thought he might be asked to organize Boston. Instead, Nelson eventually asked Hayes to drop out of Harvard, assemble a staff, and direct the effort to organize the United States.[15][16] Hayes would go on to become a widely recognized environmental advocate.[17]

    Hayes recruited a handful of young college graduates to come to Washington, D.C. and began to plan what would become the first Earth Day.
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    No where is your murderer listed as a founder of Earth Day, not even in Philadelphia. Your article is just another attempt to brand anyone who is concerned about the planet as a crackpot, or homocidal maniac. This is a typical right wing strategy. Consider the "birthers" for instance. Ignore the facts and print anything that is detrimental to the other side.
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    gymlocker saidNo where is your murderer listed as a founder of Earth Day, not even in Philadelphia. Your article is just another attempt to brand anyone who is concerned about the planet as a crackpot, or homocidal maniac. This is a typical right wing strategy. Consider the "birthers" for instance. Ignore the facts and print anything that is detrimental to the other side.


    As the article points out, the organizers and founders have attempted to distance themselves from Einhorn - it doesn't make him _not_ a co-founder or even the founder of earth day. Further, you do realize that the "birther" movement didn't start from the "right"?

    I don't think that anyone who is concerned about the planet is a crackpot or homocidal maniac - as I pointed out from the beginning. What I think is silly is this attempt to sanitize the movement which makes you wonder what else gets lost down memory lane.
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
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    freakofnature saidSo in fact he wasn't the co-founder and he didn't "compost" his girlfriend. You're just making up BS about a murder of a young woman.


    Surf's observation notwithstanding - (thank you surf, as noted, wasn't my title but I should have made that clearer), why do you suppose that he wasn't the co-founder if not THE founder of Earth day?

    A. What Gymlocker said.

    Given his influence and connections at the time, why is it so difficult to believe - especially given he was even the MC of the first event? (feel free to use the Google).

    The hostility of your reaction however is curious.

    A. What hostility? But why do you make light of this tragic murder? That, I find curious.

    Does it also bother you when people point out that earth day also happens to be Lenin's birthday?


    A. Not in the least.

    Despite your original claims it does seem like you have an agenda of some kind.
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    Apr 23, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    freakofnature said
    riddler78 said
    freakofnature saidSo in fact he wasn't the co-founder and he didn't "compost" his girlfriend. You're just making up BS about a murder of a young woman.


    Surf's observation notwithstanding - (thank you surf, as noted, wasn't my title but I should have made that clearer), why do you suppose that he wasn't the co-founder if not THE founder of Earth day?

    A. What Gymlocker said.

    Given his influence and connections at the time, why is it so difficult to believe - especially given he was even the MC of the first event? (feel free to use the Google).

    The hostility of your reaction however is curious.

    A. What hostility? But why do you make light of this tragic murder? That, I find curious.

    Does it also bother you when people point out that earth day also happens to be Lenin's birthday?


    A. Not in the least.

    Despite your original claims it does seem like you have an agenda of some kind.


    If you bothered to use the google, you might be aware that event organizers disputed his account of him even being at the ceremony following the discovery of the murder.

    This was all well and good until pictures surfaced with him being the master of ceremonies of the first earth day. The claim that he was in the very least a co-founder of earth day seems probable. The attempts at covering that up however are what I think are more damning to the movement - and it would seem wholly unnecessary.
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    Apr 24, 2011 12:51 AM GMT

    so riddler, why is it so important to you that this fellow be linked to Earthday?
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    Apr 24, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    so riddler, why is it so important to you that this fellow be linked to Earthday?


    =/ Did you fail to read the first post and the other one where he clearly explained the purpose of this topic was to discuss:
    riddler78 said what gets lost and sanitized down the memory hole
    during an event such as the one he referred to?

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    Apr 24, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    Oh yes, I got that. But it wasn't lost or sanitized, or there would be no article for him to quote. icon_wink.gif





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    Apr 24, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    freakofnature said
    riddler78 said
    freakofnature saidSo in fact he wasn't the co-founder and he didn't "compost" his girlfriend. You're just making up BS about a murder of a young woman.


    Surf's observation notwithstanding - (thank you surf, as noted, wasn't my title but I should have made that clearer), why do you suppose that he wasn't the co-founder if not THE founder of Earth day?

    A. What Gymlocker said.

    Given his influence and connections at the time, why is it so difficult to believe - especially given he was even the MC of the first event? (feel free to use the Google).

    The hostility of your reaction however is curious.

    A. What hostility? But why do you make light of this tragic murder? That, I find curious.

    Does it also bother you when people point out that earth day also happens to be Lenin's birthday?


    A. Not in the least.

    Despite your original claims it does seem like you have an agenda of some kind.



    I can see freakofnature's point when this topic riddler started is considered.
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1510666

    lol, enviro-fascists.