PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ira Einhorn, the onetime counterculture guru who fled the country and spent nearly 17 years on the run in Europe, was convicted of bludgeoning his former girlfriend and stuffing her corpse in his closet a quarter-century ago.
Einhorn, who publicly preached peace and love, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for first-degree murder in the 1977 death of Holly Maddux. He planned an appeal.
"For the first time in his spoiled, selfish, egotistical life, he pays the price," said the victim's brother, John Maddux.
Einhorn was a 1970s guru who held "be-in" events, counted Jerry Rubin and rock star Peter Gabriel among his acquaintances and later consulted with large companies on New Age trends.
After the verdict, however, Judge William J. Mazzola called Einhorn "an intellectual dilettante who preyed on the uninitiated, uninformed, unsuspecting and inexperienced people."
Einhorn vanished on the eve of his 1981 trial and lived in England, Ireland and Sweden under pseudonyms before authorities caught him in France, where he lived with his Swedish-born wife.
Einhorn insisted he was innocent, maintaining he last saw the 30-year-old Maddux as she left to make a phone call and had no idea how her body turned up in a steamer trunk inside his closet.
But prosecutors said Einhorn was a loutish womanizer and serial abuser who turned violent whenever a woman wanted to leave him. They had him read poems and diary entries, in which he wrote: "to kill what you love when you can't have it seems so natural" and "violence always marks the end of a relationship." Einhorn himself admitted striking a woman.
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