Crime

‘Unicorn Killer’ moved from Houtzdale state prison

Ira Samuel Einhorn isn’t in Clearfield County anymore.

The man known as the “Unicorn Killer” was relocated from Houtzdale state prison, where he has been since not long after his conviction in 2002.

Einhorn was found guilty of the 1977 murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux, in Philadelphia, back when he was 37 and advocating for the environment and protesting violence. Maddux’s body was found stuffed in a trunk 18 months later, but Einhorn fled the country before he went to trial. He was extradited back to the United States from France in 2001.

Einhorn, whose name means “one horn” in German, was the subject of the 1999 television movie “The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer.”

Today, Einhorn is 75 and has spent 35 years either on the run or behind bars.

But now the bars have changed.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton confirmed Thursday that Einhorn had been relocated.

“He is now at Laurel Highlands,” she said.

She did not say why he was sent to the Somerset prison.

“We transfer our inmates around the system for a variety of reasons — for treatment programs, for medical reasons, for court appearance purposes. I do not know why he was transferred to Laurel Highlands, but it is temporary and eventually he will return to Houtzdale,” McNaughton said.

Einhorn’s inmate locator file, available through the DOC’s website, says that it was last updated on Thursday at 4 a.m.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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