A man who committed suicide yesterday during a traffic stop in Wisconsin left a note claiming responsibility for the slaying of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s husband and mother last week, reports the Chicago Tribune. Bart Ross of Chicago was stopped in West Allis, near Milwaukee, about 6 p.m. yesterday because his van had no taillights. As an officer approached the car, Ross killed himself with a gunshot to the head.
Sources told the Tribune that there was a list in the van of all the people who had mistreated him, including judges. In the vehicle were about 300 .22 caliber shells. Investigators found three casings of the same caliber in the Lefkow home this week. Investigators said they should have enough physical evidence, including DNA, a fingerprint and other items from the crime scene, to make a definitive comparison. Sources said the judge had ruled against Ross in a civil case. He was not immediately thought to have ties to any hate group.