A suspect in the shooting at the home of a federal judge in North Brunswick, NJ on Sunday evening and found dead Monday morning from a single gunshot wound to the head near the Beaverkill Campgrounds in Roscoe on Ragin Road had family ties to the area.
The dead man found was officially identified by New York State Police as Roy Den Hollander, 72. On Tuesday, July 21, Troop F said that the death "was consistent with suicide."
The body was discovered by a local public works employee but it was unclear at press time if he or she was employed by the Town of Rockland (that includes Roscoe) or Sullivan County. Theodore Hartling, Town of Rockland superintendent of the Highway Department, declined to speak with The SullivanTimes on Monday morning. A phone message was also left with Town of Rockland Supervisor Rob Eggleton that was not returned as of Tuesday morning.
Den Hollander is the prime suspect in a fatal shooting at the home of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday evening. Multiple media outlets reported Monday that Den Hollander, disguised as a FedEx delivery employee, knocked on the door of Salas' home and shot Daniel Anderl, Salas's son, and her husband, Mark Anderi. Daniel Anderi, 20, died while Anderi was seriously injured. The judge was reportedly in the basement of the home at the time.
Salas may not have been the only female judge targeted for violence.
Law enforcement sources have told The SullivanTimes and other media outlets that a search by the FBI of Den Hollander's vehicle in Sullivan contained a photo of New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.
"That’s what I understand to be true. At this point, that’s all I have,” said Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the Office of Court Administration.
Den Hollander's Facebook page and LinkedIn profile are now blocked, presumably via a request from law enforcement.
But The SullivanTimes found his personal website and learned that his last known address is 545 East 14th Street - at Avenue B in the development built in the 1940s known as Stuyvesant Town. He filed for bankruptcy in 2011 with the New York City address listed, according to records.
Late Monday, The SullivanTimes was able to report exclusively (at www.sullivantimes.com) that Den Hollander’s late brother and sister- in- law owned property in Lew Beach.
The SullivanTimes on Monday reached out to Troop F of The New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office in Newark for other details that may be available.
“It’s a death investigation. We’re not confirming if it’s a suicide or homicide at this time. We don’t know if it’s a direct link to a shooting in New Jersey,” said Trooper Steven Nevel of the New York State Police. “The FBI is en route to our location.” Nevel spoke to NJ Advance Media.
Den Hollander's "Men's Rights Blog" was filled with hatred of women. HIs last post on that blog was posted June 30 - about Bill Cosby and how he thought the women who accused him of sexual assault were making false claims.
In another online post, he wrote: "This lack of physical power to protect their own being has driven many females to an uncontrollable fury and madness that has spawned an insidious, malicious obsession to control men totally by gutting their freedom of thought and speech and relegating them to the non-human status of beasts. "
The judge was recently assigned a case regarding a lawsuit brought by investors against Deutsche Bank over its involvement in the handling of financial matters related to sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein, according to Forbes.
EXCLUSIVE Photos below in Roscoe near the scene of where the body of Roy Den Hollander was found early today. (photos courtesy of Erica Leigh Kane). Also: copy of mortgage document that includes Den Hollander's late brother, Frank, who died in February.