Caroline Dym

Wealthy businessman guns down wife and daughter, then himself in gruesome murder-suicide

A wealthy businessman murdered his wife and teen daughter and then killed himself in an upscale New York suburb that has shocked neighbors.

Police believe Steven Dym, 56, gunned down his wife, Loretta, 50, and daughter, Caroline (pictured), 18, before pulling the trigger on himself, the New York Post reports.

A cleaning woman discovered the grisly scene on the home’s second floor around 11 a.m. Friday.

Dozens of officers subsequently responded to the property while investigators collected forensic evidence and interviewed relatives and neighbors, according to the Journal News. Police have not publicly identified a motive for the killings, but it was not the first act of violence at the home.

In 1992, Steven Dym’s mother attacked her husband using the handle of a hatchet as he slept. The father survived the attack and the wife was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation; she had been under stress at the time for a medical condition, the newspaper reports.

Steven Dym was the chief executive officer of an apartment management company in Queens, a firm his father had previously been president of for years. Loretta Dym had been an executive for Club Quarters Hotels in Manhattan. She graduated from the FBI’s Citizens Academy and served on the board of governors at a Stamford country club.

Caroline Dym had just entered his senior year at a Catholic girls school in Greenwich. Her brother, William, is a sophomore at the University of Southern California and was away at college at the time of the killings.

The Dym’s 4,661-square-foot home has 11 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms and features a pool and pergola in the backyard.

The family had donated more than $4,000 to Andrew Cuomo’s failed gubernatorial campaign in 2002, for which he thanked them in a book.

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