Posted on Thu, Oct. 03, 2002
Holly's ex-lover takes the stand
Saul Lapidus says Ira put Maddux out of apartment to have sex with Lapidus'
By THERESA CONROY
Saul Lapidus dashes to a parking lot after testifying yesterday at Ira
Einhorns trial. Photos, Alejandro A. Alvarez, Daily News
WE'RE NOW faced with the unpleasant task of discussing Ira Einhorn's sex
During Einhorn's murder trial yesterday, his attorney modified his previous
"Lesbian Defense" to make room for the big, 1970s sex-romp diversion. The
foray into free love stars the hygienically challenged hippie and his bevy
of willing partners.
The paramour who elicited raised eyebrows in the courtroom yesterday was the
ex-wife of the prosecution's key witness.
Saul Lapidus, a successful New York City businessman who testified yesterday
that he and Maddux shared an intense romantic relationship the month before
her disappearance, confirmed to defense attorney William Cannon that Einhorn
had been having sex with his ex-wife, Hilda.
"I was told by Holly that she was physically put out of her apartment when
my ex-wife was there," Lapidus testified... "He bodily picked her up and put
her out of the house."
The relationship between the former Hilda Brown and Einhorn happened after
Lapidus and his wife were divorced but before Lapidus had met Maddux, he
said. The affair, Lapidus said, did not anger or upset him.
Cannon said after court yesterday that he suspected Lapidus was jealous of
the affair and that the revelation had "rendered meaningless" Lapidus'
Lapidus not only provides the jealousy motive for Einhorn to kill Maddux,
but also places the woman in Einhorn's enraged presence on the weekend
prosecutors say she was beaten to death.
By establishing through other witnesses yesterday that Einhorn encouraged
Maddux to have sex outside their relationship - just like he did - Cannon
said he threw doubt into the prosecution's theory that Einhorn was so
enraged about Maddux's new boyfriend that he killed her.
To Maddux's siblings, the revelation was the first stab at a defense effort
to drag Maddux's reputation through the mud - a blame-the-victim tactic they
"I think in their relationship, the idea and the concept...of free love was
very one-sided," said Meg Wakeman, Maddux's sister.
To Prosecutor Joel Rosen, what seemed like a courtroom bombshell came as no
surprise. Lapidus' testimony even added to Rosen's contention that Einhorn
had physically abused Maddux. The jury got to hear how Einhorn would
literally throw Maddux out of the apartment when Hilda Lapidus came around,
The person who enjoyed the revelation of the sexual conquest the most was
the old hippie himself.
When the man Holly chose over Einhorn first was called to the stand, Einhorn
wouldn't even look at him.
Usually, Einhorn - who needs the aid of eyeglasses to see distance clearly -
watches witnesses walk to the stand in what looks like an effort to
recognize them from 25 years ago. But this time, Einhorn kept his head bowed
to read documents on the defense table in front of him.
He didn't look up when Lapidus walked to the witness box. He didn't look up
when Lapidus was sworn in. He didn't even look up when Lapidus first began
Finally, Einhorn stole a quick glance at Lapidus, but quickly returned his
gaze to a legal note pad.
The cuckolded guru didn't let his eyes linger on Lapidus until testimony
turned to the affair with Lapidus' wife. Then Einhorn put on his eyeglasses
and took a good hard look at his old rival.