Nestled throughout the foothills of the Catskill Mountains rests the sleepy village of Roscoe, New York, one of many premiere fishing locations within the nation. Anglers from across the globe come right here to discover its pristine waters, some searching for the elusive “two headed trout” of native legend.    But lately, this bucolic setting has change into the backdrop of a multistate manhunt for a cold-blooded killer, Roy Den Hollander, 72, whose cross-country killing spree ended on a mud highway simply north of Roscoe’s Beaverkill River.  “This is Trout Town USA,” says native stylist Brie Tallman, “issues like this do not occur right here.”

Roy Den Hollander

Tallman remembers the melee that unfolded on July 20, 2020, as investigators from the FBI and New York State Police descended on the tiny hamlet after freeway patrol positioned Den Hollander’s physique alongside Ragin Road, lifeless from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the top. Officials rapidly recognized him because the prime suspect in a lethal assault on the residence of the Honorable Esther Salas, New Jersey’s first Latina federal choose. “It was undoubtedly one thing big,” Tallman says. “We had a thriller occurring that everybody was attempting to resolve.”Investigators pieced collectively the timeline of what preceded the ugly roadside scene in Roscoe, discovering that the now lifeless New York City lawyer and self-described anti-feminist had begun his macabre expedition days earlier within the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. On July 11, posing as a deliveryman, Den Hollander drove to the house of rival males’s rights lawyer, Marc Angelucci, and shot him lifeless on his entrance porch. One week later, on the other aspect of the nation, Den Hollander confirmed up on the New Jersey residence of Judge Salas, who had presided over one in every of his many frivolous lawsuits in opposition to what he perceived as male gender discrimination. Again, posing as a deliveryman, he opened fireplace, killing Salas’s 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, and critically injuring Salas’s husband, lawyer Mark Anderl.CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith reported on this case for “48 Hours” in “The Deliveryman Murders.” Law enforcement sources inform CBS News that Angelucci’s tackle, in addition to a FedEx envelope addressed to Judge Salas, have been discovered contained in the killer’s automobile positioned in Roscoe. Investigators consider Den Hollander focused Angelucci and Salas due to his perceived grievances in opposition to them each, and say a .380 caliber handgun positioned subsequent to his physique connects him to all three victims.

According to New York State Police Captain Brian Webster, investigators on scene stated Roy Den Hollander’s loss of life gave the impression to be a suicide. But after they appeared within the automobile, they discovered a FedEx envelope addressed to Judge Esther Salas and an tackle to a residence in San Bernardino County, California. 

New York State Police

But it stays unclear why he selected the distant a part of Upstate New York to finish his life after destroying the lives of harmless others. Writings posted on Den Hollander’s web site reveal the Sullivan County spot is the place his household spent summers throughout his childhood. In the Nineteen Fifties, his mother and father bought a plot of land alongside Ragin Road and constructed a cabin, just a few thousand ft from the place he dedicated suicide. “He knew it was a protected haven,” says Tallman. “It’s form of the right place to cover, I believe.”As a lifelong resident of Roscoe, Eric Hamerstrom knew of Den Hollander as a younger boy. “Back then, a number of the youngsters right here known as him ‘Babyface.'” Like most youngsters their age, they spent their summers swimming underneath the coated bridge. “We would see him virtually day by day happening to the seaside,” Hamerstrom says. “All I can think about is that he will need to have had pleasant instances right here as a child.” Den Hollander wrote that he and his older brother, Frank, would wander the woods with different younger boys stepping into mischief, and later, of their teenagers, chase women.”If you are going to finish your life, the place are you going to go?” asks Les Mattis, who lives throughout from Den Hollander’s former cabin. “You’re not going to do it in the course of New Jersey on some freeway. Here you will be in a spot the place perhaps as a child you felt protected and at residence.”Standing alongside the banks of the Beaverkill River, it is onerous to think about a extra idyllic setting to develop up, and but a manuscript written by Den Hollander and found by investigators, half memoir, half manifesto, did not element nostalgia for easier instances. To the opposite, Den Hollander’s reflections on his childhood recounted a darkish and tortured previous that will clarify his motivation for returning to the northern woods. “He was an uncommon and unstable individual,” says FBI particular agent Joe Denahan. “One of the themes that we noticed was, he was very indignant.””As his personal phrases made clear, his motives, his unfulfilled wishes, his unmet wants, had nothing to do with girls,” says Joe Serio, who knew Den Hollander in Russia within the Nineties. “They had every part to do along with his childhood, and every part to do with one explicit girl: his mom.” In Den Hollander’s rambling, 1,700-page self-published ebook titled “Stupid Frigging Fool,” he rants about his abject contempt for his mom, to whom the ebook is devoted: “To Mother, May She Burn in Hell.””She did not love him and even like him,” says Serio. “According to him, she regretted him, and let him understand it.” “From the age of 5 or 6 till I used to be a youngster,” Den Hollander writes, “she usually hollered at me that she ought to have listened to my father and by no means had me.” That vicious assertion, he claims, was repeated all through his childhood.He recounts how his mom blamed him for all of the ills in her life and claims that she even tried to poison him as a baby. An examination of his writing reveals the injuries of a deeply traumatic childhood. So why then would he select to return to the origins of such ache and struggling?”If I have been writing a novel about this story,” says Serio, “I might have his character return to the place he apparently hated most with a view to thumb his nostril at his mom, who so usually did the identical to him. Regardless of how discounted one might need felt in life, when there’s nowhere left to go, that image from early years — the house — would be the solely place that harkens.” It was revealed that in his closing days, Den Hollander had been dealing with terminal most cancers. Out of time and on the finish of his rope, he ended his life with a bang, alone on the aspect of a mud highway, haunted by his recollections and demons. Perhaps that’s all he had left.  “Death’s hand is on my left shoulder,” he wrote. “The solely downside with a life lived too lengthy is {that a} man finally ends up with so many enemies he cannot even the rating with all of them.”There is not any publicly recognized proof that Den Hollander harmed anybody else, however inside his automobile, investigators have been unnerved to discover a listing of greater than a dozen names, together with a number of judges, whom authorities suspect have been potential targets. “Thank goodness he did not come right here to shoot extra individuals,” says Mattis. “I used to be simply glad that he had no scores to settle up right here.”