AN anti-feminist lawyer who allegedly went on a murderous rampage at a female judge’s home built up a hatred of women following a divorce from his Russian bride nearly 20 years ago, his ex-wife’s lawyer said.
Roy Den Hollander was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday after he was announced as the lead suspect in a North Brunswick, New Jersey, shooting on Sunday night.
Hollander, 72, was accused of dressing as a FedEx delivery driver and heading to the home of Judge Esther Salas, where he then shot dead Salas’ 20-year-old and critically wounded her attorney husband.
Nicholas J. Mundy, a lawyer for Hollander’s ex-wife, told the New York Post: “In my opinion, he was already a controlling, misogynistic, sexist, delusional and disturbed individual before his marriage failed.
“But my success helping this poor girl thwart his subsequent attempts to control and destroy her in the divorce and immigration context really aided in pushing him over the edge.”
Hollander’s views on women were documented in a long, rambling manifesto that he published online.
The details of Hollander’s grievances with his ex-wife, Alina Shipilina, could also be seen in a conspiracy-laden 2008 lawsuit he filed against the federal government.
In the suit – which was dismissed later that year, records show – Hollander’s brief and turbulent union was laid bare.
According to the suit, the couple met when Hollander was working for a corporate investigation agency, Kroll Associates, in Moscow, and they later wed in Krasnodar, Russia, in March 2000.
After Shipilina secured a temporary US visa, papers show, the couple moved to New York by July 2000 – only for a litany of grievances to then come out within a matter of months.
According to Hollander’s filing, he claimed his wife had used him for a green card and that she had falsely claimed to police that Hollander was abusive.
‘HATRED OF WOMEN’
The couple reached a divorce settlement without trial by December 2000, court documents show.
An intricate claim underpinning Hollander’s federal case states that his ex-wife’s abuse allegation was concocted as a way to stay in the country under the Violence Against Women Act.
Hollander wrote: “As the law created by feminist lobbying now stands, alien females prone to criminal pursuits can become permanent residents and eventually U.S. citizens by simply saying their American husbands abused them, and it will not matter that these females are lying, committed crimes of moral turpitude … or used fraud and perjury to gain entry into the U.S. and to stay here.”
He added: “In practice and intent, the Violence Against Women Act… create a process by which the Constitutional rights of American men who take or consider taking foreign wives are violated in order to rectify the feminists inability to make American men love them.”
Mundy – who filed a disciplinary complaint against Hollander in 2003 – said he found Hollander “very dangerous and creep” and was “unfit to practice law.”
He added: “He really had a terrible hatred for all women – particularly women in power like judges – and he was hellbent on trying to exact revenge on anybody that he thought crossed him.”
Hollander’s discrimination lawsuits targeted the likes of clubs’ women’s nights and the military’s men-only draft – the latter of which ended up in front of Judge Salas.
The judge then became a target of Hollander’s online ramblings, with the 72-year-old calling Salas “a lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama.”
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On Sunday, Hollander, who, according to reports, was dying of melanoma, reportedly arrived at Salas’ home, where he fatally shot her son, Daniel Anderl, 20, and wounded her husband, Mark Anderl, 63.
During the incident, Salas remained in the home’s basement, authorities said.
Mundy, the lawyer for Hollander’s ex-wife, told the Post: “He was basically a deranged lunatic hiding in plain sight, cloaked by his suit, tie and law degree.”