A lawyer found dead in Rockland, New York, could be involved in the fatal shooting of Judge Esther Salas's 20-year-old son.
CRESTLINE, California – This bucolic mountain community is hardly the place to expect a national crime drama, but the death of a lawyer has neighbors wondering about a car they recently saw in the area.
The investigators are jointly trying to see if New York City's Roy Den Hollander – suspected of killing a federal judge's son and wounding her New Jersey husband – could be the same man who killed attorney Marc Angelucci for his work is known in men's rights groups at his home in Crestline on July 11th.
A man who was reportedly disguised as a FedEx delivery agent went to the home of the US District Court judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick on Sunday, where he fatally shot her son Daniel Anderl (20) and her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl wounded before he fled. The Hollander was found dead after being shot at the judge's house in New York.
In Crestline, Angelucci was killed in a house near Glenwood and Fernwood streets. The Hollander, who is active in the same men's rights movement as Angelucci, described himself on his website as an "anti-feminist lawyer".
The Bergheim in Crestline, California, where lawyer Marc Angelucci was killed on July 11th. A connection is investigated with a shootout at the home of a federal judge in New Jersey (Photo: Colin Atagi, desert sun)
A federal law official told the Associated Press that investigators are investigating whether there is a connection between the cases. Angelucci was vice president of the National Coalition for Men and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the group.
Cassie Jaye, who became friends with Angelucci after working with him on a documentary about men's rights, The Red Pill, said in an interview that she heard from others in the movement that Den Hollander had become an outsider and possibly one Resentment against Angelucci.
Neighbors say Angelucci is just another friendly guy in Crestline, a small community in the San Bernardino National Forest, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles.
Joe Montejano recalled that Angelucci had moved in about five years ago and had posted signs on the neighbors' doors, introducing himself and advising him to possibly host parties.
"Nothing really caught his eye. He was nice and said "hello" and that was it, "said Montejano.
Everyone seemed normal until the day before the shootout when the neighbors noticed that a man and a woman were circling their neighborhood in a white car and sometimes parked in a church parking lot for several minutes.
They showed up until the afternoon when Angelucci was killed. And in a community where everyone seems to know everyone, "they just didn't seem to belong here," said another neighbor, Michael McIntyre. He described the man as an older-looking gentleman who resembled Den Hollander.
On his website, Den Hollander urges all men to "fight for their rights before they no longer have rights". It contains a section called "Jokes for Girls" that targets women in a demeaning way.
In contrast, Angelucci employees say that he was motivated by performances of simple fairness instead of anger or bitterness when it came to rights between women and men.
Jaye said Angelucci was one of the two most impressive sources she interviewed while researching her documentary. He has "a heart of gold" and is "very loved, respected and admired".
She said he was supportive even if she received threats for controversy over her documentary.
"He was just very sincere and honorable in all of his work. Not only was he my protector, he was one of my greatest cheerleaders," said Jaye.
Another admirer was a lawyer, Ronda Kennedy, a congressional candidate in a district in Ventura County, California. She said they had worked on family law cases, including one recently commissioned by a client who is a woman.
Though he was more understated than she was, Kennedy described him as "so passionate" even in work cases for customers who couldn't afford to pay them.
Chris Woodyard from the USA Todaa reported from Los Angeles and Colin Atagi from The Desert Sun from Crestline, California. Nick Muscavage of Bridgewater Courier News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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