By David Futrelle
Was Men’s Rights attorney Roy Den Hollander, who on Sunday night gunned down a federal judge’s husband and son, also the man who shot fellow Men’s Rights lawyer Marc Angelucci dead a little over a week ago?
It’s looking a lot like it. Let’s consider some of the facts of the case as they are now emerging.
Den Hollander had a motive — professional and personal jealousy. According to the Daily Beast,
In one of his online screeds, “men’s rights” lawyer Roy Den Hollander made it clear he blamed U.S. District Judge Esther Salas for robbing him of a legal victory that instead was claimed by activist California attorney Marc Angelucci.
Den Hollander did not name Angelucci in his bile-filled memoir, but law-enforcement sources told The Daily Beast that papers mentioning Angelucci were found in or around the car where Den Hollander killed himself on Monday.
The Daily Beast has more on the case and Den Hollander’s feelings about it.
He was apparently targeting various people he considered enemies.
The New York Times notes that he had the name and a photo of New York State chief judge, Janet M. DiFiore in his car.
In a lengthy screed he left behind he mused about revenge. “The only problem with a life lived too long under Feminazi rule,” he wrote, “is that a man ends up with so many enemies he can’t even the score with all of them.”
Den Hollander had cancer and had apparently decided he had nothing left to lose.
“Death’s hand is on my left shoulder,” he wrote, “nothing in this life matters anymore.”
In both cases, the shooter reportedly wore a FedEx uniform as a ruse to get his victims to open their door.
This is the detail that absolutely clinches it for me; there’s no way this could be mere coincidence.
On the A Voice for Men website, a eulogy for the murdered Angelucci declares him a “modern martyr like ancient Saint Vincent.”
Now it appears that he was martyred by one of his own. Not only by a fellow Men’s Rights attorney but one who had once published an article on A Voice for Men and who had been described by AVFM founder Paul Elam as a hero. “[A]s much as I loathe the idea of anyone claiming authority on what a “real” man is, ” Elam wrote in a post on the site, “if I had to venture a guess, it would be men like Hollander.”
I would call this a great irony except that there’s really no irony here at all. The Men’s Rights Movement attracts desperate, delusional, angry and unhinged men (and some women fitting the same general description); it’s really not a shock to learn that one of these men decided to take revenge on those considered his enemies. Indeed, I’ve been expecting to see someone with ties to A Voice for Men lose it like this for years; I’m just a little surprised that it turned out to be Den Hollander and not one of the other seemingly more likely candidates.
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