Federal Judge Esther Salas is now under 24-hour protection by US Marshals after an attack on her home yesterday that left her son dead and her husband seriously injured. There are still many unanswered questions about the murder, but considering that the judge was appointed to oversee an ongoing lawsuit with ties to Jeffrey Epstein, authorities are worried that her safety could still be at risk.
So far, police have only identified one suspect in the case, another attorney by the name of Roy Den Hollander. Hollander reportedly had a grudge against Salas, and he is believed to be the attacker, but he is no longer alive, according to detectives. Hollander’s body was found near Liberty, New York, in the Catskills, from what investigators believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hollander is an extremely controversial individual who reportedly has an anti-feminist book and website. Salas is even mentioned in his book by name, and called “lazy and incompetent,” suggesting that her only accomplishment was being a high school cheerleader. Hollander also sued multiple NBC News anchors, and anchors from other networks, claiming that they were involved in a conspiracy to prevent Donald Trump from winning the 2016 election, even though he ended up winning anyway.
Another interesting detail that has come out about the case is that Hollander wrote in his anti-feminist book about posing as a FedEx delivery person so he could speak to a woman, which is the same tactic used by whoever attacked the judge’s home.
A neighbor of the family, Wenfeng Zhang, told The Sun that he made eye contact with the suspect just after the shooting, but didn’t realize what had just happened.
“He looked at me and I looked at him when he was walking from the house to his car. Then he walked calmly up to his car and drove away. He looked normal. Not in a rush or anything. I thought he just delivered something,” Zhang said.
However, he ended up realizing that something was wrong when he saw the street filling up with police.
“I rang my wife who was still at home and she told me they were across the street and the whole road was being blocked off,” he explained.
Zhang’s wife, Jenny Wang, said that she heard gunshots and screams.
“I thought it was fireworks, they just went bang, bang, bang. I heard three or four shots,” she said.
Salas was just recently assigned to oversee a lawsuit brought by investors against Deutsche Bank over its involvement in the handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s finances. In the recent lawsuit filed against Deutsche Bank, investors claim that they lost money because of the fines that the bank had to pay to regulators after they were accused of laundering money for Epstein.
Epstein is just one of the most high profile figures connected to the case, but it goes much deeper than just his case, because there are many other money laundering cases that were connected to the trail, and many other powerful people who have had something to hide.