Hey remember that time a notorious murderer from Philly started Earth Day?


By Ryan Briggs

Okay, so maybe “started” is a strong word. And technically Ira Einhorn didn’t murder anyone until 1977, seven years after the above photo, taken during the first Earth Day celebration at Belmont Plateau, in Fairmount Park.

Nevertheless, the West Oak Lane native, more colorfully known as “The Unicorn Killer,” was a major fixture in radical West Philly counterculture movements in the 1970s and a force that helped organize the first Earth Day.

Read more at  City Paper

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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