The FBI’s Newark office, which is investigating the shootings of federal Judge Esther Salas’ son and husband at their New Jersey home, said Wednesday it now has evidence linking the suspect in that case to the murder of a prominent “men’s-rights” figure in California.
“We are now engaged with the San Bernardino California Sheriff’s Office and have evidence linking the murder of Marc Angelucci to FBI Newark subject Roy Den Hollander,” the FBI’s latest statement said. “This investigation is ongoing.”
Den Hollander was found dead Monday in Sullivan County, less than 24 hours after Salas’ 20-year-old son was shot to death and her husband wounded. Sources said they believe Den Hollander, a self-described “men’s rights” activist, was the person who showed up at the house and opened fire.
Investigators believe a gun — a Walther .380 caliber handgun — recovered from his apparent suicide scene matches the one used in the attack on the judge’s family, though ballistic results are pending.
They were also testing the weapon to see if it was linked to Angelucci’s killing. It wasn’t immediately clear if that was the evidence the FBI referenced in their statement.
A file or envelope that may have been meant for Salas was found near Den Hollander’s body, sources said. Some of the information in the packet may have contained details about Angelucci’s death. He was killed July 11.
Sources say investigators also found material about Judge Janet DiFiore, the chief judge of the state of New York. The FBI briefed DiFiore of the information on her that had been found in the suspect’s car, a court spokesperson said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the state would provide her additional protection.
The investigation stems from the shootings of Salas’ son Daniel, and her husband, well-regarded criminal defense attorney Mark Anderl. Both were shot at their home in North Brunswick around 5 p.m. Sunday. The son later died. The husband was said to be critically wounded and has had several surgeries.
Preliminary indications are that the husband answered the door and was shot multiple times; the son came running to the door and was shot as well before the gunman fled, the sources said. Judge Salas was believed to be in the basement at the time of the shooting, and she was not injured.
Some reports indicated the shooter may have been dressed as some sort of delivery driver. FedEx issued a statement Monday saying only it was fully cooperating with authorities and, “Our deepest sympathies are with Judge Salas and her family at this time.”
Den Hollander was a notoriously anti-feminist men’s rights attorney, whose vitriolic website and book condemn women in rage-filled terms. In one of his books, he specifically blasted Salas by name as “lazy and incompetent” and said her only accomplishment was being a high school cheerleader. Den Hollander appeared in her court at one time as counsel in a lawsuit over the all-male military draft.