In two killings nearly 3,000 miles apart, a gunman came disguised as a delivery man. The person at the front door claimed to have dropped off a package, but instead released a hail of bullets.
The FBI announced on Wednesday that it had now linked the two murders to a man.
Roy Den Hollander, 72, a self-described anti-feminist lawyer, is suspected of killing a well-known male rights lawyer in the mountains of San Bernardino County earlier this month and shot the son and husband of a federal judge in New Jersey on Sunday.
Attorney Marc Angelucci was fatally shot on July 11 at his home in Crestline, California. Sunday's gunshot in North Brunswick, New Jersey, killed 20-year-old US District Judge Esther Salas' son and wounded her husband. The body of Den Hollander was found in Sullivan County, New York, late Sunday.
"As the FBI continues to investigate the attack on the home of US District Court judge Esther Salas, New Jersey District, we are now working with the sheriff's office in San Bernardino, California and have evidence supporting the murder to bring Marc Angelucci in contact with the FBI Newark Roy Den Hollander, ”the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Wednesday.
Investigations into both murders are ongoing, FBI spokeswoman Doreen Holder said. The Hollander was found dead hours after the Sunday shootings at Salas that ended with the death of her 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl. His father Mark Anderl was wounded.
Salas survived the attack because she was in a different part of the house at the time the shooter came to the door in a FedEx-like outfit.
When the body of Den Hollander, who had died of suicide, was found, a package was also recovered that was sent to Salas, along with another, for a New York judge.
According to a source that was not authorized to discuss the probe, materials were recovered after The Hollanders' death, which linked him to Angelucci's murder, the shootout at the house of Salas and Anderl, and the New York judge, who had another potential The goal was, but was not hurt.
According to a law enforcement agency, the killer claimed to be a delivery driver in both fatal attacks. On more than 2,000 pages of his online postings, investigators are investigating a reference to Den Hollander, who previously claimed to be a FedEx delivery driver.
Although the authorities failed to address Den Hollanders' motivation, he was known to bring lawsuits against what he believed to be unfair treatment of men. Some of his work attracted attention when he was featured in The Colbert Report and MSNBC.
Angelucci, Den Hollander and Salas all shared a role in the legal battle over the military use of the selective service and the requirement that only men 18 and older be required to register for the draft. Salas heard a case in 2015 in which Den Hollander contested this requirement, but was replaced in 2018 after his illness as the plaintiff's lawyer.
Den Hollander, angered by Salas' delay in the case, mocked the judge's Latin American legacy and complained that she had allowed the Justice Department to file his fourth motion to dismiss the case, suggesting that she "was trying to this case until a The weatherman showed her in which direction the legal winds were blowing. "
Angelucci represented a Texas man who, with the support of the National Coalition for Men, fought against the constitutionality of the men-only requirement. In February 2019, Angelucci got the national legal spotlight when a judge declared that exempting women from this registration requirement violated the constitutional equality clause. However, the judge did not order the government to include women in the registration requirement. According to the Hollander, those involved may have felt overshadowed.
The Hollander had previously expressed his hostility to the National Coalition for Men, where Angelucci had been a star legal player for two decades. Harry Crouch, president of the group, told the Associated Press that Angelucci had previously received death threats. He said Den Hollander was angry that he was not involved in a Federal Selective Service System case he submitted to Angelucci.
Before the attack, Den Hollander wrote in a threatening online message: "The only problem with a life that has lived too long under the rule of the feminists is that a man has so many enemies that he cannot even score with everyone can reach." But the law school and the media taught me how to set priorities, ”he wrote.
Angelucci, a lawyer trained at UC Berkeley and UCLA who won groundbreaking cases and was honored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was found shortly after 4 p.m. on July 11th at his home in Cedar Pines Park in Crestline. Someone nearby reported hearing gunshots. The MPs found the lawyer "unresponsive and suffering from obvious gunshot wounds".
Angelucci was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person at home reports that they saw a delivery man, then heard gunfire and saw a fleeing car.