On Sunday, a gunman disguised as a FedEx driver attacked the home of federal District Court Judge Esther Salas, critically wounding her husband and killing her adult son just days after she was assigned to preside over a lawsuit linked to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, as the New York Post reported.
The assailant, since identified as Roy Den Hollander, was later found dead of an apparent suicide — and on Wednesday, ABC News confirmed that he had a very troubling history indeed.
The report indicated that in addition to being the “primary subject” in the Salas shootings, the FBI also believes that Den Hollander is likely responsible for another killing that occurred in California earlier in July.
Earlier killing alleged
Federal authorities allege that Den Hollander murdered Marc Angelucci in San Bernardino County while clad in the same FedEx uniform worn during the attack on Salas’ husband and son, according to NPR.
Like Den Hollander, Angelucci was an attorney and similarly sympathetic to the “anti-feminist” men’s rights movement, and he was said to have inspired jealousy in Den Hollander over a legal case in which he had prevailed.
Den Hollander’s body was ultimately discovered by a city employee in Rockland, New York, a community located just across the state line from New Jersey.
According to ABC News, Den Hollander was suffering from cancer at the time of his death.
Authorities suspect that Den Hollander may have been planning to go after other victims, as he was reportedly in possession of a list of names, with that of New York state Judge Janet DiFiore among them, according to the New York Post.
A picture of DiFiore was found inside Hollander’s vehicle, as were directions to her home, news which prompted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to order additional security for the judge and her family, the Post noted.
Prayers for healing
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) addressed the shootings on Wednesday, with ABC News quoting him as saying: “Our hearts, thoughts, prayers, are overwhelming with Judge Salas and her husband and hope that he makes a speedy recovery.”
A liberal Democrat, the governor went on to use the tragedy as an opportunity to advocate for more restrictions on firearm ownership, saying, “This notion we made a lot of progress on gun safety…there are too many examples that continue to tell us that we are not home yet, we have a ways to go.”
The good news is that Den Hollander is no longer able to pursue what appears to be a highly detailed, pre-meditated terror spree. We can only hope that Judge Salas and her husband find peace and healing in the aftermath of this unthinkable family tragedy.