While tragedy and violence might not frequent affluent communities on a regular basis, they certainly aren’t strangers. The feeling we get, as true crime enthusiasts, when we see picture-perfect suburbia tainted with murder is one of intrigue and captivation. Horrifying stories like the Cheshire Murders remind us that the safety and security we’re supposed to feel from suburbia is just an illusion.
The Dym family was one of those picture-perfect suburban families. The husband, Steven, 56, was a successful property manager and CEO of Gabriel Management Corp. The wife, Loretta, was vice president for global strategic memberships for Club Quarters Hotels in Manhattan. The family lived in a beautiful home at 23 Fox Hill Road worth $1.7 million in Pound Ridge, an upscale suburb in Westchester County.
In other words, their lives were exemplary.
Things started to dip for Steven Dym last year when he and his company entered legal troubles that questioned Dym’s integrity. He had been accused of stealing, or mismanaging, company funds. Going in and out of court led to financial troubles for the Dym family. Those financial difficulties forced the family to put their 4,661 square foot home on the market.
After it sold, Dym was apparently behaving very strangely. According to realtor and neighbor Chris Shaffer, 42, “not only did he not know where he was going, but he didn’t even know if he was going.”
On August 24, sometime in the evening, Steven Dym grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun. He made his way around the house and shot his wife and daughter once in the torso each before turning the gun on himself.
Their bodies were discovered by their housekeeper the following morning.
The massacre came as a surprise to everyone. “It seemed that they were very happy,” said one of Loretta’s friends. “Her life was her kids. The few times I’ve met Steve Dym, he seemed like a great husband and great father. They were both all about their kids, their kids’ futures.
“I would have never guessed in a million years.”
A funeral for the family was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, and was open to the public. Will, the Dym’s 20-year-old son, who avoided the massacre by being away at the University of Southern California, was the main speaker. In his eulogy, he harbored no ill-will towards his father.
“He is my hero. No matter what the circumstances, my love for him is everlasting. He truly was the happiest human being I have ever encountered, and his happiness will continue to be a part of my soul forever.”
The Dym family home at 23 Fox Hill Road sold the day before the murder.