Victoria Police are offering a $ 1 million reward for information to help solve a 30-year double murder in St Andrews, northeast of Melbourne.
WARNING: This story contains graphic details that may be of concern to some readers.
- Michael Schievella and Heather McDonald were murdered in their home in September 1990
- Heather McDonald’s two young children were in the house at the time
- Michael Schievella was a known criminal identity involved in drug trafficking
Renowned criminal identity and drug dealer Michael Schievella and his partner Heather McDonald were murdered in their home on September 16, 1990, while Mrs. McDonald’s two young children were in the house.
The children discovered the bodies of the murdered couple before sounding the alarm.
Police believe people may have witnessed Mr Schievella being involved in an altercation at the St Andrews Hotel in the early hours of the day he and Mrs McDonald were murdered.
Detective Tim Day said investigators hoped someone might have information that could help solve the crime.
“This remains a strong investigative route for our investigation, and we are eager to speak with anyone who may have information, especially about who he was with at the hotel that night and what argument he had in relation to.”
A ‘brutal and cowardly’ attack
Heather McDonald’s young son told police he woke up at 8 a.m. on the day of the murder and saw Michael Schievella talk to a man wearing a balaclava.
The man took the boy to his bedroom and left him tied to the floor with the door closed.
The boy told police he heard a man ask “do you have any money on you?” and “where did you store your money?”.
He also heard Michael Schievella say “do not do it to her” followed by loud thumping noises and the sound of mr. Schievella screaming.
The boy’s sister untied him, and the children then found Heather McDonald’s body under bloodstained sheets in the couple’s bedroom.
They later saw Michael Schievella’s body lying in the garden at the back of the house and ran to a nearby road where they marked a neighbor.
Detective Inspector Day said the killings left the children traumatized.
“No one deserves to die the way Heather and Michael did — it was described by investigators at the time as a ‘brutal, affectionate and cowardly attack,’ and our current investigators would completely agree with that,” he said.
“I have no doubt that it is an incident that has had a significant impact on them and that they over 30 years later still feel this loss.”
Anyone with information about the murders is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.