The FBI is investigating whether the murder of a well-known male rights lawyer in the mountains of San Bernardino County earlier this month was linked to the shooting of a federal judge's son and husband in New Jersey, law enforcement officials are familiar with the investigation.
Self-described anti-feminist lawyer Roy Den Hollander was the prime suspect in the murder of the judge's 20-year-old son and wounded the judge's husband on Sunday. The Hollander, who was found dead after the attack, is now the focus of a federal investigation into the death of lawyer Marc Angelucci at his home in Crestline, California on July 11. This comes from sources that have asked for anonymity because it is not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
According to a law enforcement agency, the killer claimed to be a delivery driver in both fatal attacks. San Bernardino County's sheriffs who are investigating Tuesday's murder said the FBI office in Newark is now taking the lead in the investigation. A spokesman for the sheriff's department referred a reporter to the team on Tuesday, which handled the attack on Sunday at the home of US District Judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick, New Jersey. There, 20-year-old Daniel Anderl was killed and his father Mark Anderl 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.
FBI investigators examine Den Hollanders' travel reports and finances in the weeks leading up to the fatal Sunday incident. His body was found in Sullivan County, New York, late Sunday. A package addressed to Salas was recovered with Den Hollander along with another for a New York judge.
The Hollander was known to bring lawsuits against what he considered unfair treatment of men. Some of his work attracted attention and was featured in "The Colbert Report" and MSNBC.
It was one of those lawsuits that landed Den Hollander off Salas in 2015. A woman filed a lawsuit because she wanted to register for the military draft, which is only for men. Den Hollander, angered by Salas' delay in the case, mocked the highly regarded 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 keep this case in court until a weather man showed her the direction in which the legal winds were blowing. "
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. This move apparently reflected the murder on Sunday and in the mountains of San Bernardino.
Den Hollander claimed to have suffered from cancer, but warned in a threatening statement: “The only problem with a life that has lived too long under the rule of feminists is that a man has so many enemies that he cannot even do so can score with everyone. But the law school and the media taught me how to set priorities, ”he wrote.
Others had already felt Den Hollanders anger, including 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 but had not discussed them in detail. He said Den Hollander was angry that he was not involved in a selective federal service case submitted by Angelucci.
Angelucci, a lawyer trained by 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 12th 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 declared dead at the scene.
Angelucci was vice president and board member of the National Coalition for Men and founder of the chapter of the National Coalition for Men in Los Angeles, in which he served as president for several years.
"Marc Angelucci has put together a truly legendary series of legal accomplishments, including recently winning a case of equal protection against the Selective Service Administration in which the draft registration was only lifted for men," said a statement from the National Coalition for Men.
Michael Conzachi, a private investigator who has worked on cases with Angelucci and is a retired homicide officer, said he was interviewed by San Bernardino County investigators last Tuesday.
"Marc was an exceptionally skilled, committed lawyer with an excellent reputation … most of what he did was volunteer as a civil rights lawyer," said Conzachi.
At the time of his murder, Angelucci was a co-counsel in a high profile case in Mariposa County. The case resulted in allegations of rape against a man, which was subsequently dropped. But the authorities had seized a large ranch of the accused.
Angelucci's co-counsel Ronda Kennedy tweeted about his murder: “My co-counsel in two cases, Marc Angelucci, was murdered last night. Just did an interview with detectives. If you have any information, please contact the detectives of San Bernardino. "