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Einhorn Defense To Invoke Paranormal

From: Joel Carpenter <imagery@covad.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 09:14:00 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 18:47:54 -0400
Subject: Einhorn Defense To Invoke Paranormal

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer


Posted on Wed, Oct. 09, 2002	Einhorn defense to invoke
paranormal Inside By Jennifer Lin Inquirer Staff Writer

One courtroom wag at the Ira Einhorn murder trial dubbed it the
X-Files defense.

And as a legal tack, it's a doozy.

With the trial shifting to the defense today, Einhorn will argue
that he was framed for the beating death of Holly Maddux because
he knew too much about secret mind-control weapons. Einhorn has
maintained that unknown persons put a trunk with Maddux's
mummified body in his closet, resulting in his arrest in 1979.

"He thinks he stepped on toes in doing this mind-control
research and paranormal, psychological research," said William
Cannon, Einhorn's lawyer.

"But he's going to have to sell that to the jury," Cannon said
yesterday. "He absolutely has to be able to give to the jury the
possibility that people wanted to embarrass him and put him in a
predicament where he would basically be out of the way.

"If he can't do that," Cannon added, "he has no hope for an
acquittal, because the body in the trunk is too overwhelming as
a piece of circumstantial evidence."

In a nine-page, handwritten essay that Einhorn wrote last month
- titled "A Snapshot of My 70s" - he gives a preview of what's
to come when he takes the witness stand, possibly as soon as

He painted himself as "a social change agent, consultant,
futurist and learner" who was on the verge of greatness when he
was arrested.

"I was busted for a murder I did not commit and all my work on
mind control and free energy became history," Einhorn wrote from
his cell.

In the essay, which was circulated via e-mail to supporters and
the media before the Common Pleas Court trial, Einhorn dropped
more names than a gossip columnist - from City Councilman W.
Thacher Longstreth to futurist Alvin Toffler and a mysterious
"Prince of Iran."

He portrayed himself as a peripatetic '70s activist, involved in
the antiwar movement and black empowerment, as well as
investigating the CIA and the heroin trade, UFOs, and President
John F. Kennedy's assassination.

But he explained how his trouble began with his exploration into
"psychotronic mind-control weaponry." So-called psychotronic
weapons, popular in science fiction, allegedly harness
telepathic power and radio waves to control and influence people
from afar.

George Smith, a technology writer in Pasadena, Calif., who edits
the online Crypt Newsletter, said these weapons simply do not

Smith, who focuses on issues involving national security and
technology, said psychotronic weaponry was a pop subject during
the Cold War era that gave way in the 1990s to talk of
"electromagnetic pulse guns."

With both, Smith said, no one has been able to take talk and
theories and construct actual weapons, subject to scientific

"You never see any examples of any devices that can do the kinds
of things that are described," Smith said. "It's the domain of
charlatans and the gullible."

He added that in the '60s and '70s, military and intelligence
agencies did fund research on such paranormal topics as
telepathy, but those projects went nowhere. "The evidence is
that the FBI and CIA can't get inside everyone's head and don't
have psychotronic powers," Smith said.

"Psychotronic? Never heard of it," said Lt. Col. Jimmy Wyrick,
executive officer of the U.S. Army Research Institute for
Behavioral and Social Sciences in Washington. "Sounds kind of

At the Washington office of the publisher of Jane's Defence
Weekly, a magazine about military news and weaponry, editors
opted to steer clear.

"We do not have any information on this topic, or any editors
who could verify whether such weaponry exists," said Melissa
Golding, a Jane's spokeswoman.

Einhorn, however, said he believed his life was in danger
because of his mind-control research. He said he received
reports from inside the Soviet Union about mind-control devices
"so chilling that I only shared some of the content, not the
actual reports, with two people."

Einhorn also wrote that he had enlisted the former president of
the Franklin Institute, Bowen Dees, to work with him on a
conference in honor of Nikola Tesla, an inventor and electrical
engineer. Einhorn claimed that Tesla worked on mind-control and
free-energy devices that created energy without using fuel.

Dees, now retired in Southern California, was surprised to learn
of his mention in Einhorn's statement.

"Ira was an interesting character," said Dees, who headed the
institute from 1970 to 1982. "But my interaction with him was

Einhorn wrote that in the '70s, he also got involved in the
"Geller project," a reference to Uri Geller, the spoon-bending
psychic. Einhorn said that through this work, he became
convinced of the possibility of "free energy devices... that
would solve our energy problem."

"Unfortunately, all new technology can be used as weaponry as
well as for human benefit," Einhorn wrote. "I was soon up to my
ears in a multi-pronged intelligence game that is still waiting
to be unravelled."

Contact Jennifer Lin

at 215-854-5659 or jlin@phillynews.com

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