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Inside the Evidence: Who killed an Irondequoit couple in 1980?

July 13, 2018 11:25 PM

A double murder in Irondequoit from nearly 40 years ago is still unsolved.

For the first time, the family of one of the victims talks to News10NBC about who they think is responsible.

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Bonnie Maykovich was a Palmyra-Macedon High School and College at Brockport graduate. She had a successful career in sales. She was athletic, ran marathons and was well-liked.

However, at 28 years old - her life was cut short. She was brutally murdered in her Shelford Road home along with her live-in boyfriend 42-year-old Tom Tabor.

So who killed them? Bonnie's family believes the men in her life led to her murder.

"It dwells on your mind all the time. Who did it? Why?" asked Connie Harner. "Every day you think about it."

Harner is the oldest of six sisters from Macedon.

"We really wish we could get closure for my sister," said Susan Enright. She's Bonnie's younger sister.

"I don't understand how someone could be so brutal and want to cause so much harm to somebody," Enright added.

The bodies of Bonnie and Tom were found on May 4, 1980. The family had gone over to the home to check on Bonnie after she didn't show up for their family dinner.

Connie's husband, Dave Harner remembers that day like it was yesterday.

"She's screaming, 'Dave, they're both dead! Somebody murdered them!" Harner recalled.
 
Bonnie and Tom were both brutally beaten and shot. A butcher knife was also buried in Bonnie's chest. Dave Harner was asked to identify the bodies.

"They kind of led me into the living room," he said. "They both laid there on the floor next to the fireplace side by side."

He says Bonnie was barely recognizable. News10NBC obtained her death certificate. The official cause of death: gunshot wound to the head.

"My mind's rushing then with things like who could do something like this?" remembered Dave Harner.
 
The entire family wants to know who did this and why. Thirty-eight years later that's the question that remains unanswered. However, some of the family members believe they know who killed Bonnie and Tom.

"Maybe the ex-husband because she left him for an older man unexpectedly," said Enright.

Bonnie divorced Peter Maykovich a few years before the murders. However, he was eliminated as a suspect back then and has since died.

News10NBC's Brett Davidsen interviewed him back in 2012.

"I didn't do it," Peter Maykovich said. "I mean, you don't waive your rights, have your house searched and take a lie detector test if you perpetrated the crime."

Even though Peter Maykovich had an alibi and passed a lie detector test, some of the sisters believe he could be responsible.

"I still have a feeling that he had something to do with it," said Susan Enright.

Connie Harner agrees.

"He had reason. He had reason. She left him for Tom," Harner said.

But other family members believe Tom's connections got Bonnie killed.

"To this day, I think it has something to do with him," said Bonnie's niece Brenda Harner. "I think he had dirty dealings somewhere, and she was a victim of circumstance."

Tom was also divorced and his ex-wife was also cleared as a suspect. Both he and Bonnie were sales people for a ski wear company, but Bonnie's family knew very little about the new, older man in her life.

Bonnie's sister Sandra Reichert believes the trouble started with Tom. He was a bit of a mystery to the family.

"Too many questions. Too many unanswered questions there," said Reichert. 

"It's just something that never goes away, and there's been no justice," said Connie Harner. "We need to find out."

Right now, Irondequoit Police are still trying to solve this double murder.

They're working with the Monroe County Crime Lab to run some new DNA tests on evidence collected at the scene. Bonnie's family is praying for a break in the case and some closure after nearly 40 years.

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

Click here to see previous stories on this case 

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