- The Washington Times - Monday, July 16, 2001

Fugitive convicted murderer — and left-wing radical — Ira Einhorn may soon face justice for his horrible deeds almost a quarter century ago in Philadelphia. Since 1981 he has been on the run from American justice, residing in France.
But the wheel turns, if ever so slowly. Last week, French authorities rejected Einhorn's final appeal of his extradition to the United States, where he has been wanted for the exceptionally brutal slaying of then-girlfriend Holly Maddux in 1977. He was convicted in absentia after just two hours by the jury that originally heard the case and sentenced to life in prison for the killing, but to appease the French government, the Pennsylvania legislature took the extraordinary step of agreeing to permit a new trial — and also to preclude the death penalty as a possible punishment — both of which the French authorities insisted upon before agreeing to send Einhorn home. The government of French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin ordered the extradition of Einhorn almost a year ago, but the case has been winding its way through the French appeals system since that time. Einhorn has fought tooth and nail every step of the way since he was discovered in rural western France in 1993, living with his Swedish wife, Anika Flodin.
Detectives believe that Maddux was killed after she attempted to leave Einhorn. About 18 months later — after Einhorn had fled the country while out on bail — the occupants of the apartment directly below Einhorn's former pad complained about a "choking stench" seeping into their apartment and showed investigators "a sticky brown stain in the ceiling directly below a closet in Einhorn's apartment." The body of Holly Maddux was subsequently discovered in the trunk — and an examination of the corpse revealed that her skull had been smashed in several places. She was probably crammed into the trunk while still alive. The trunk itself was, according to investigators, "large enough for maybe a child half her size." When discovered, the mummified remains of Holly Maddux weighed only 37 pounds.
Upon learning of the French administrative court's verdict last week, the ex-radical made a feeble suicide attempt, slightly cutting his throat — though carefully avoiding any major damage or arterial vessels. "He is responsible," the aging hippie/killer screeched referring to Mr. Jospin. "He is sending me back to America, where I will stay for the rest of my life in prison, without mercy." The suicide stunt has caused the French authorities to delay the shipping of the murderer back to the United States to face his day in court, until July 19 in deference to a request by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This, hopefully, will be the last card Ira Einhorn gets to play.

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