THE suspect arrested in the Orsolya Gaal murder case returned to her home to discuss their affair, according to the NYPD, before he slashed her throat and killed her.
Sources said that David Bonola, 44, did not have a premeditated plan to murder the mother of two, and killed her after their conversation didn’t go over well.
The alleged killer reportedly texted her husband, Howard Klein, threatening him: “Your whole family is next”, according to police. Klein was out of town when Gaal was killed.
Bonola is accused of slashing Gaal’s throat and then stabbing her nearly 60 times during a brutal attack in the basement of her Queens, New York, home last Saturday, before he dumped her body on the side of a nearby road.
On Thursday, Bonola was arrested and charged with murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD told The Sun.
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Did Gaal know her killer?
Detectives haven’t found signs of a break-in at Orsolya Gaal’s house, the New York Post reported.
They think the suspect knew his victim and stabbed her out of anger, a source told the outlet.
Inside Orsolya Gaal’s Facebook page
On New Year’s Eve, Gaal posted a photo of her family with the caption: “Happy new year to all of you dear friends and family!
Hoping 2022 will be a great one!”
Family history of missing reports
Gaal had been reported missing once before in May 2020 but was later found.
The couple’s older son went missing in 2004, however, he was also found.
Husband Howard Klein’s background
The Twitter account of Howard Klein, Orsolya Gaal’s husband, suggests he is a lithium trader and founder of RK Equity.
His LinkedIn shows he attended the University of Michigan, which is allegedly where he was with the 17-year-old son at the time of the incident that left his wife dead.
He did not immediately return a request for comment.
How many kids do Orsolya and Howard have?
It is unclear how long Gaal and Klein were married, but they share two sons.
The couple’s youngest son, Leo, who is 13, was reportedly home the night his mother was killed and was taken away in handcuffs shortly after the body was found, according to the New York Post.
Who is Orsolya Gaal’s husband Howard Klein?
Howard Klein is known as the husband of 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal, whose body was found on April 16, 2022.
Despite being in the public eye, not much information is available on Klein as he tends to keep his personal life out of the media.
At the time of his wife’s murder, he was reportedly in Portland with their 17-year-old son on a college visit.
Killer sent husband a terrifying message
Police believe a man killed Gaal in the basement of her home, put her in a duffel bag, and dumped her body half a mile away.
The alleged killer then reportedly texted her husband, Howard Klein, threatening him: “Your whole family is next,” according to police.
Klein was out of town when Gaal was killed.
Where was Gaal killed?
Police believe the man Orsolya Gaal met up with killed Gaal in the basement of her home, put her in a duffel bag, and dumped her body half a mile away.
Chilling surveillance footage has surfaced showing the mysterious assailant dragging a bag along a street.
What happened to Gaal?
Coroners revealed that Orsolya Gaal had been stabbed more than 60 times — days after her body was found stuffed in a duffel bag and dumped near her home in Queens, New York.
Bonola living in the country illegally
According to the New York Post, the handyman suspected of murdering Queens mom Orsolya Gaal was in the country illegally.
The NYPD says that David Bonola and law-enforcement authorities confirmed Friday that he was residing in New York in violation of immigration law when he was arrested for Gaal’s heinous murder on Wednesday.
It’s unclear whether Bonola entered the nation lawfully or ever had any form of legal status in the US.
However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that a detainer had been made with Queens Central Booking, where Bonola is presently being held, the Post confirms.
Free representation for Bonola
The Queens Defenders is reportedly providing free representation to Bonola in court, according to the New York Post.
Federal authorities now involved in case
The case of a Queens mother whose bones were discovered tucked inside a hockey bag last weekend has now been taken over by federal officials, according to CBS News.
David Bonola, a handyman, is suspected of having an affair with the victim, a wife and mother of two children.
Police had their eyes on Bonola even before he reportedly confessed on Thursday, due to a digital trail tying him to the victim.
Gaal’s son ‘dragged’ through police station
Detailing that he had found a blood-soaked hockey bag while walking his dogs to The US Sun, Glenn Van Nostrand said that Orsolya Gaal’s son was “dragged” through the NYPD’s 110th precinct.
“His head was kind of down, like pitched a little forward, and I mean he was brought right past me,” he said.
“It was, like, 1-2-3 and he was gone, brought around the corner of the station and taken into a room that I couldn’t see into.”
Bonola’s messages to Gaal, conclusion
In another Facebook post, Bonola wrote, “[music note emoji] Tu mirada enamorada”, which translates roughly to “your look in love.”
The comment appears to be a reference to the 1999 song Tu Mirada by Luis Miguel.
In the song, Miguel croons: “Your gaze in love / In my dreams entangled / It is passion wrapped in fire / Like wind through the flames.”
Later in the song, Miguel repeats: “It is passion wrapped in fire / Because without you I am nothing.”
Inside Bonola’s chilling messages to Gaal, continued
In a comment posted on a different photo months later in July 2019, Bonola wrote: “She is the most beautiful woman.”
Similar fawning messages are seen on Facebook posts from May 2020.
Under a childhood photo of Gaal, Bonola wrote “Hola” with a heart emoji.
Inside Bonola’s chilling messages to Gaal
David Bonola, who is charged in the brutal stabbing death of an NYC mom, gushed over her in posts on social media.
Bonola, 44, was charged on Thursday with murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon in relation to the death of Orsolya Gaal, 51, who was found dead in Queens on Saturday.
Bonola told cops he had been having an affair with Gaal on and off for the last two years.
Posts on Gaal’s Facebook page show Bonola publicly admiring the married mother, commenting on a photo of her in Guatemala in April 2019 and writing: “Love these streets and architecture! [sic] That landscape and the Giant Volcano. , and you [heart emoji].”
Why was David Bonola arrested, continued
He discarded the bag in the middle of a sidewalk less than a mile away from her home.
The nature of Gaal’s injuries, and the fact there was no sign of forced entry inside her home, had led police to believe Gaal was murdered by someone she knew.
NYPD sources told The US Sun, the handyman confessed to the murder during an interrogation on Wednesday night.
He allegedly told officers he’d been having an affair with Gaal and that the pair had an argument before he brutally stabbed her nearly 60 times.
Who is David Bonola?
Law enforcement officials told The Sun he worked as a handyman for Gaal and lived near her in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens.
Bonola has no prior criminal history.
Has Gaal’s family spoken out?
Her family has not yet spoken publicly to address the arrest of Bonola.
Gaal’s husband Howard Klein was out of town touring prospective colleges with their eldest son at the time of her death.
Their youngest son, 13, was believed to be upstairs in bed when his mother was killed.
He was temporarily detained by police after Gaal’s body was found but released a short while later.
Gaal in contact with several men
Sources told ABC New York affiliate WABC that Orsolya Gaal was in contact with at least three men the night she was killed.
One of them was David Bonola, who has been charged in her murder.
Suspect allegedly confessed to murder
The handyman charged in the stabbing death of Orsolya Gaal, whose body was found inside a duffel bag over the weekend, reportedly confessed to the murder during an interrogation last night, NYPD sources told The US Sun.
David Bonola, 44, was charged on Thursday with murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon in relation to the death of Gaal, 51, who was found dead in Queens on Saturday.
She came alone, she left alone’
A manager at the Forest Hills Station House told The New York Post on Wednesday that Orsolya Gaal walked in at 11.24pm on Friday, had her “usual Moscow mule,” then left alone around 12.30am on Saturday.
“She came alone, she left alone,” bar manager Gabriel Veras said.
“Every time I’ve seen her in my tenure here she has always had a Moscow mule or two, maybe a bite to eat.”
“I’ve never really seen her coming here with someone else or leaving with anyone else,” Veras added.
Gaal sat alone at bar before death
Investigators believe Gaal’s killer entered the home and killed her on the first floor, and then took her body to the basement, the sources revealed.