Inside the Evidence: Double murder in Irondequoit

June 28, 2018 07:36 PM

Overkill. That's how investigators described a double murder in 1980 in a quiet Irondequoit neighborhood. A couple was brutally murdered in their home on Shelford Road. 

"When you see it, you don't forget about it," said Irondequoit Police Captain Mark Bean. 


The bodies of Bonnie Maykovich, 28, and her boyfriend Tom Tabor, 42, were found May 4, 1980. 

"A gun had been used as well as a knife," Captain Bean said. "No weapon was ever found."

Investigators say this was no random act. The victims were both beaten possibly with a fireplace poker. Tom was shot once in the chest and three times in the back. Bonnie was shot execution-style in the back of the head. A butcher knife was also buried in her chest post-mortem. 

"The first thing that I thought was a crime of passion," said Joe Valentino.

The retired State Supreme Court Appellate Judge was a prosecutor for the Monroe County District Attorney's Office at the time. He responded to the scene. Valentino spoke with News10NBC about the crime he can't forget. 

"The two people were laying side by side in the living room near the fireplace," recalled Valentino. "They were laying perfectly next to each other. Laying down looking up right next to each other like they had been placed in that position."

News10NBC obtained never before seen crime pictures. Valentino remembers bullet holes in the wall leading to the upstairs of the home. A television still on in the bedroom. In the kitchen - a bottle of wine and glasses. Police also found a telephone in a pillowcase. 

"We do believe one of the victims had that to try and protect themselves but didn't have a chance to use it," said Captain Bean. 

Bonnie and Tom were successful sales people for a ski wear company. They were both divorced and had been living with each other for a couple years. Police say the ex-husband and ex-wife had alibis and weren't considered suspects. 

"There have been no answers to such a brutal unnecessary case," said Captain Bean. 

There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was taken. That leads investigators to believe they knew the killer. 

"Who do you think did this?" asked News10NBC's Nikki Rudd. 

Captain Bean replied, "Someone that knew them or someone that had a grudge against them."

A lot of evidence was collected in this case. Right now, investigators are working with the Monroe County Crime Lab to run some new tests. 

If you have any information on this double murder, you're asked to call Irondequoit Police at (585) 336-6000 EXT. 2453. 

Watch some of the stories we aired back in 1980 on this case below:


Nikki Rudd

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