PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ira Einhorn, the former hippie guru on trial for allegedly killing his girlfriend in 1977, testified Monday that other people had access to the couple's apartment and that he was surprised when police found her body in his closet.
Police searched the apartment in 1979 and found the mummified remains of Holly Maddux in a steamer trunk.
"When I finally found out it was Holly, I broke up for days. It ripped me to pieces," the 62-year-old Einhorn told a packed courtroom.
Einhorn, who fled Philadelphia and was on the run in Europe for more than 15 years after being charged with the slaying, is accused of bludgeoning Maddux to death because she wanted to end their relationship.
He testified that others had access to the apartment between the time of her disappearance and the discovery of her body. After Maddux vanished, Einhorn said, he let a female friend use the apartment while he spent two months at the New Jersey shore.
He also said that Maddux left him several times during their relationship, taking her own apartment three times and leaving at one point for 4 1/2 months. He said their first several years together were "loving times and happy times," but Maddux quickly became frustrated with his womanizing.
"As time went on in our relationship, she got increasingly dissatisfied that I was sleeping with other women," he testified.
Einhorn appeared confident as he testified. Prosecutors objected several times about his meandering answers.
Einhorn has claimed that the CIA framed him because of his research into the agency's "psychic warfare" experiments. He said after he posted bail, he fled because his attorney at the time convinced him he would not get a fair trial.
Einhorn jumped bail weeks before his trial was set to begin in 1981, and lived in Europe under assumed names until he was found in France in 1997. He was convicted in absentia in 1993, a verdict that was vacated to clear the way for his extradition in 2001.
Einhorn became known in Philadelphia for organizing "be-ins." He was involved in the city's first Earth Day in 1970 and ran for mayor as a "catalyst for change." He developed an international network of corporate sponsors and wealthy benefactors.
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