First Earth Day, 1970.
Today is Earth Day. That means it’s time for limousine liberals like Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio to lecture on the need for all us lowly peasants to cut back on our “carbon footprint” as they set off on their private jets from mansion to mansion.
Since this is the first Earth Day in the #MeToo era, it’s important to remember Helen Maddux.
Maddux was the girlfriend of Earth Day leader Ira Einhorn. He was furious that she broke up with him. The enraged tree-hugger was so upset at being dumped that he threatened to throw her belongings in the street if she didn’t come and retrieve them.
Maddux went to Einhorn’s apartment on September 9, 1977, to collect her things. She was never seen again. The Earth Day founder stuffed her composted body into a trunk. Einhorn even put an environmental twist on this sinister killing.
From The Daily Caller:
Maddux went missing after going out to the neighborhood co-op to buy tofu and sprouts, Einhorn told police several weeks later. However, 18 months later, authorities searched his apartment after neighbors complained that a “reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn’s bedroom closet,” NBC News reported.
In 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,” according to NBC News.
Einhorn jumped bail and spent 23 years evading authorities and hiding out all over Europe. Finally, he was caught and extradited to the U.S. from France, where he was put on trial and convicted of murder. He is currently serving a life sentence.
Einhorn attempted to blame the CIA for Maddux’s murder.
He claimed he was framed because he knew too much about the federal agency’s paranormal military research. Seriously.
Like the attempts to gloss over green movement saint Rachel Carson’s hand in the millions of malaria deaths in Africa, or to quietly ignore Norman Borlaug saving billions of lives without demanding anyone make do with less, there has been an attempt in recent years to deflect and forget Einhorn’s direct, founding involvement in the Earth Day movement.
At the very least, reality dictates acceptance of the fact that he was an integral leader on the first Earth Day. There is no denying that inconvenient truth.
On this Earth Day, I will turn on extra lights and light a candle for Helen Maddux. Will #MeToo?