Thursday, April 19, 2018

the censored earth day story

Gizmodo (2013) remembers Ira Einhorn, who abused then killed his girlfriend, is usually airbrushed out of the history of Earthday, either ignoring him completely or insisting he wasn't important to the movemen.

Fair enough.

But the really bad part is that, after her body was found and he fled to Europe, the "true believers" still supported him there for 17 years.

as the WAPost (2002) noted all the VIPs who helped him get away, because why let a dead girl get in the way of all the good things he planned to do?

and Ranker names those who supported him when he was on the lam.
While living on the lam in Europe, Einhorn developed friendships with a number of influential people, including British musician Peter Gabriel and Hank Harrison, a Grateful Dead biographer and Courtney Love's father. While neither man admitted to knowing Einhorn was wanted by police, Barbara Bronfman (a wealthy Canadian socialite with ties to the Seagram distillery) was well aware of his status as a fugitive when she repeatedly sent him money during the time he was on the run from the authorities.
because a founder of Earth day wouldn't lie, would he?

and I love how the writer concludes the essay:

But we implore you, don't let the sinister past of one of Earth Day's purported co-founder darken this day for you. Earth Day and its organizers are at least partially to thank for the creation of the EPA and nearly all legal and regulatory mechanisms in place to protect the world around us. Plus, there's every reason to believe that the yard at The State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale has one of the most glorious penitentiary compost piles you'll find anywhere in these beautiful United States.

as for Holly, well, her family remembers her as a beloved sister, not as a footnote to a bizarre criminal coverup.

"I'm so happy for the family. They're the ones who kept the focus on this case and made sure no one forgot about Holly Maddux or about Ira Einhorn," said Richard DiBenedetto, a former investigator for the Philadelphia district attorney's office who helped track down the 1960s counterculture guru and who was in court when the verdict was read.
The four siblings sat in the front row every day of the 2 1/2-week trial and said they often felt the presence of their sister, assuring them that justice would be served. 
 "Her murder basically killed our parents, too," said Meg Wakeman, a nurse and mother living in Seattle. "We miss Holly very much. … I think she and mom and daddy are all pretty happy right now."

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