“Anti-feminist” lawyer Roy Den Hollander’s split from his Russian bride nearly 20 years ago helped trigger a women-hating tailspin that culminated in his murderous rampage at a female federal judge’s home, according to court documents and his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer.
“In my opinion, he was already a controlling, misogynistic, sexist, delusional and disturbed individual before his marriage failed,” lawyer Nicholas J. Mundy told The Post on Tuesday. “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.”
For Hollander, 72 and dying of melanoma, that meltdown came Sunday afternoon, when he appeared at the North Brunswick, NJ home of Judge Esther Salas disguised as a Federal Express deliveryman and shot dead her 20-year-old son while critically wounding her attorney husband.
By Monday, he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot in a wooded area of New York’s Catskills, ending what was documented in a rambling, online manifesto as a decades-long hatred of women.
It was also on full display in a conspiracy-laden 2008 lawsuit Hollander filed against the federal government detailing his brief, turbulent union with his Russian wife, Alina Shipilina. The suit was dismissed later that year, records show.
The doomed couple met while Hollander was working in Moscow for corporate investigation agency Kroll Associates, and they wed in wed in Krasnodar, Russia in March 2000 wed in Krasnodar, Russia, according to Hollander’s filing.
Shipilina secured a temporary US visa, and by July, the newlyweds were living in New York City, papers say.
But within a matter of months, Hollander had amassed a litany of alleged grievances against his new wife, including that she had used him for a green card and falsely claimed to the police that he was abusive, according to his filing.
By December 2000, the couple had reached a divorce settlement without trial, court documents show.
Underpinning Hollander’s federal case — filed on Valentine’s Day 2008 — was an intricate claim that the abuse allegation was concocted to stay in the country under the Violence Against Women Act, which he called a feminist ploy to take advantage of men.
“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,” wrote Hollander in one rambling passage.
“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.”
Citing privacy concerns, Mundy declined to discuss details of the marriage between Hollander and Shipilina, who declined comment when reached at her Queens home Tuesday.
But his takeaway of his dealings with Hollander said it all.
“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,” said Mundy. “He would threaten and say disparaging things about the judges in legal papers and in letters to the court. He didn’t shy away from being unprofessional and speaking his mind in that manner.”
Finding him “very dangerous and creepy,” as well as “unfit to practice law,” Mundy filed a disciplinary complaint against Hollander in 2003.
But Hollander kept on practicing law to his final months, firing off years’ worth of far-fetched discrimination lawsuits targeting everything from clubs’ ladies’ nights, Columbia University’s women’s studies program and the military’s men-only draft.
That latter case landed in front of Salas, with whom Hollander developed a fixation documented in his online screeds.
He alternately described Salas as “hot” and expressed a desire to date her, and bashed her as “a lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama.”
As his cancer progressed, Hollander ultimately withdrew from the still ongoing case.
But his preoccupation with Salas continued, and on Sunday he brought his hatred to her doorstep, fatally shooting her son, Daniel, and wounding her husband, Mark Anderl, 63.
Salas, in the home’s basement at the time, was unharmed.
On Monday, Hollander was found dead in a wooded area of Rockland, NY, surrounded by a gun believed to have been used in the attack and a package or envelope addressed to Salas.
“Never in my wildest imagination would I believe that anybody that I would encounter in real life would be capable of doing something like that,” said Mundy. “But in 25 years of practice, if I had to choose one person that I came across that might be capable of such heinous acts, it would be him.
“He was basically a deranged lunatic hiding in plain sight, cloaked by his suit, tie and law degree.”
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