A mysterious murder-suicide out of New York on Friday morning has authorities scattering to figure out any possible motive behind the killings.
At 11:00 a.m., a housekeeper working at a Westchester, New York, mansion shockingly found the homeowner, 56-year-old Steven Dym, lying dead on the floor, alongside his 50-year-old wife Loretta and 18-year-old daughter Caroline.Screenshot/Facebook
According to Pound Ridge Police Chief Dave Ryan, this is the first murder case he’s seen in his 19 years with the department.
Officials arrived on scene shortly after the bodies were discovered and began an investigation into the devastating crime.
Not long into their probe, however, authorities were already able to deduce they had a double murder-suicide on their hands. According to reports, Steven fatally shot his own wife and daughter in the torso before turning the 12-gauge shotgun on himself.
He left one child, 20-year-old William — who was just about to begin his sophomore year at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles — alive. William was reportedly not home at the time of the incident.
Yet days into the investigation, no one — family, friends, or neighbors — had been able to offer any possible explanation for the deaths. Steven and his wife were not found to be in any phase of splitting up, their family has no record of domestic violence, and friends described the couple as “very happy,” according to the New York Post.
The only flag-raising factor in the Dym’s life was that their house was for sale, and Steven was reportedly acting “very weird” when asked about where they were moving to.
One neighbor told the NY Post:
“Not only did he not know where he was going, but he didn’t even know if he was going.”
But now, newly-obtained court documents might lead to some answers.
According to People, just two days before the murders, Steven — a real estate executive who manages multiple properties — was called to a compliance conference in the New York Supreme Court.
The conference was reportedly in regards to a civil suit against him from a year earlier which claims he stole $22,000 from a client’s account, refused to repay the amount, and failed to produce financial records.
A representative on the case told People:
“[The suit] evolved out of Dym making a [withdrawal] from one of my client’s bank accounts. My client found out in April and confronted him, and he said it was just a mistake, that he meant to take the money out of a different client’s account.”
He continued, saying once his client and Steven agreed that he would put back the money, Steven never did. In the same note, when Walsh’s client requested Dym produce financial records to make sure he hadn’t taken money in the past, Steven again failed to do so.
People also found several similar cases against Dym. In 2015, he was court-ordered to repay a client $77,000, and $92,000 in 2014. Additionally, a 2015 suit — which is still ongoing — claims Dym stole more than $200,000 from a condo association he was managing, per People.
Although nothing has been officially tied in as a motive, the Dym family was not as picture-perfect as friends and family thought — and it might have cost them their lives.