So, the world is a strange place in 2020! The latest in organized crime news (yeah, I said it) is a seriously frightening story of a family coming face-to-face with an assassin.
On July 19 at approximately 5pm, a FedEx delivery person visited the home. The judge, Esther Salas, was home at the time of the visit, but her husband, Mark Anderl, answered the door. At that time, the delivery person opened fire on the husband. Upon hearing gunshots, Daniel Anderl- the couple’s 20-year-old son -rushed to assist his dad and was killed by the shooter. The shooter fled and, at the time of this piece, is still at large. Judge Salas was not injured in the attack but she is undoubtedly traumatized by the assault on her family.
It is still very early in the FBI investigation. In fact, they are asking for neighbors to assist in filling out pieces of the timeline. Everything I am adding at this point is conjecture- just my thoughts on a possible motive.
Five days ago, Judge Salas was assigned to hear a case that involves financial crimes. A group of investors are suing Deutsche Bank, contending that the firm failed to flag questionable transactions that were made from the account of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died last August while in jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. While she has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, the timing of this attack leads me to believe it is connected to this current case.
Of course, I will continue to follow this story and keep us updated. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on this very sad situation?
AP: Shooter posed as FedEx delivery person
Den Hollander is accused of going to the Anderl-Salas family’s door posing as a FedEx delivery person, according to the Associated Press. Hollander was an “anti-feminist” attorney and reportedly had terminal cancer. He is now deceased, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
ABC News reports that Dan Anderel answered the door and was shot first. His father was shot moments later. Salas was in the basement at the time and remained unharmed, the outlet reported.
More to follow as this story is updated.