The 65-year-old wife of a national mattress retailer, allegedly killed by their mentally ill son, knew tremendous business success, while battling deep heartache.

Kay Barragan, a mother of four, watched her 27-year-old daughter, Beatrice, die in 2003. Then, in 2006, her 34-year-old son, Luis, the heir apparent to take over, died in a swimming accident several days before her husband, Napoleon, was set to receive the highest civilian award from the President of Ecuador, their homeland. Now, her surviving son, Eduardo, who suffers from schizophrenia is charged with killing her at the family home at 33 Sunset Road North in Searingtown, Nassau County.

Her body was discovered shortly after 7am Wednesday morning, when a caretaker arrived for his daily shift. The woman was found in the foyer of the Barragan home, at the bottom of a staircase. The medical examiner has concluded Barragan bled to death, after suffering blunt trauma to her body and head. The commanding officer of the Nassau County Homicide Squad, Police Lt. John Azzata, told reporters the mother and son had argued in the hours before the attack. Eduardo Barragan was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, shortly after his arrest for second degree murder. "He's being treated for heart palpitations," Lt. Azzata said.

Kay Barragan was a former "Avon lady" who gave her husband two thousand dollars in seed money to start his business in 1976, then called Dial-a-Mattress. The company grew into a $100 million dollar firm. In 1996, the business changed its name to, because of the growing popularity of the Internet. This past March, the company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy court, and the assets of the company will be sold to pay off some creditors. "They have an 'asset purchase' agreement with Sleepy's," said company spokesman, Stan Steinreich. "My understanding is more than 200 companies have expressed an interest in making a bid."

Eduardo Barragan could be arraigned for the murder inside the hospital. His sister has told reporters Eduardo was a wonderful brother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was just 19. Schizophrenia "typically strikes a person in late adolescence or in their early 20's," Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein of The Holliswood Hospital told PIX News at Ten. Borenstein is a psychiatrist who hosts the public television show "Healthy Minds" on WLIW Channel 21.

Borenstein says "people with schizophrenia often have hallucinations, disorganized thoughts or delusions--false beliefs--and that very often makes them paranoid." He said the illness is treatable with medication and therapy┬ůand that people with schizophrenia are not at a greater risk of committing a violent crime than anyone else.