Wealthy NY Lawyer Sam Friedlander Kills Family, Self

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A family tragedy in a wealthy suburb of New York City -- a man killed his wife and two children before turning the shotgun on himself.

Police say Sam Friedlander shot his ten-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son as they slept in the family's Westchester County home early Tuesday morning and then murdered his wife. The New York Post reports that New York state police Maj. Michael Kopy said Friedlander shot his wife Amy in the head, and then bludgeoned her with the leg of a piece of furniture.

"We believe she was bludgeoned in the bedroom," Kopy said. "We believe a struggle occurred. It was a struggle that cost her her life."

The 50-year-old Friedlander then went down to the basement and killed himself. He did not leave a note.

Police were called to the house Tuesday afternoon after the wife's business partner was concerned that she had not heard from her all day, which was apparently unusual.

Friends say the couple was going through what they termed a "nasty and bitter divorce." They were still living in the same house but in separate rooms. They were due in divorce court for a hearing on Thursday.

Kopy said there are reports that Friedlander was "acting irrationally" over the past week or so, but nothing to indict his final act.

"Nobody said anything like this would happen," he said.

Friedlander was an attorney with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Amy. 46, was a former vice president at Chase and recently started a tutoring business.

Gregory and Molly Friedlander:

In this his Feb. 26, 2010 Friedlander family photo, Gregory and Molly Friedlander play in the snow at their home in Cross River, N.Y.