April 14, 1999
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Peel psychic targeted by killer, police believe Peel Police WebSite about this crime

Investigators probe victim's final days before shooting Write Richard for more information or leads. Richard.DeFacendis@peelpolice.on.ca



By Bob Mitchell
Toronto Star Peel/Halton Bureau Chief

A Mississauga psychic, hit by several gunshots in his home Sunday,
was likely targeted by his killer, police say.

Peel homicide investigators are trying to reconstruct the days
leading up to the slaying of Alfred Schmielewski, 71, and are expected to interview everyone who had their fortune told by the well-known psychic over the past few weeks.

``We're assuming he was the intended target, but I don't know why he was killed,'' said homicide Inspector Tom Slinger. ``He had no known enemies and we aren't aware if he had received any threats.''

Schmielewski, who was known professionally as Yogi Alfred S. Narayana in Toronto newspaper advertisements, was selling his south Mississauga home and was conducting an open house when he was gunned down shortly before 4 p.m.

Investigators say Schmielewski's killer may have been someone who sought advice from him.

``He was a self-employed psychic and spiritualist who worked out of his house for about a dozen years and one of the possibilities we're looking at is whether his line of work had anything to do with his death,'' Slinger said yesterday.

Schmielewski's body was found near the front door of his Alexandra Ave. home, police said, but investigators aren't certain whether he opened the door to his killer or if he even knew the shooter.

Schmielewski was shot several times, Slinger said, although he wouldn't reveal the type of gun used, adding it hasn't been found.

Schmielewski wasn't married, but had a long-term relationship with a 41-year-old woman and they had a 4-month old child, Slinger said.

``They didn't live in the same home,'' he said. ``I haven't ruled out this being a domestic killing, but there's nothing to suggest that it is.''

The woman, whom police won't identify, has been questioned, as have several other people, including a real estate agent and two prospective home buyers who were in the basement when Schmielewski was killed.

A tenant who rented a basement in the home has also been

April 12, 1999

Psychic shot dead showing his home

By Henry Stancu Toronto Star Staff Reporter

Peel Region police are investigating the bizarre death of a well-known psychic shot at the front door of his Mississauga home as prospective buyers looked over the bungalow during an open house.

``We were right below, in the basement. There were three shots,'' said the woman who, with her husband, found the body sprawled in the front door of the Alexandra Ave. house at 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

``When we got to the house, he was sitting in a chair in the living room with his dog beside him and after it happened he was lying on top of our shoes at the front door,'' said the woman, who didn't want to be named.

Neighbours identified the victim as Alfred Narayana, in his 70s and married to a woman in her 30s; he lived in the home for 12 years. Born Alfred Schmielewski and also known as Maha Yogi A.S. Narayana, he apparently died from head wounds.

``He was just telling me about he and his wife having a baby about two weeks ago,'' said neighbour Barbara MacDonald. ``He was a nice, very gentle man, and he told us he had done psychic readings for movie stars and prime ministers.'' To Yogi Page

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