ORSOLYA Gaal sat at a local bar for an extended period of time before she went home and was killed, law enforcement officials now believe.
Coroners also revealed that Gaal had been stabbed 58 times days after her body was found stuffed in a duffel bag and dumped near her home in Queens, New York.
Cops told PIX11 that Gaal told her son she was going to watch a show but met up with a man.
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.
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Ex-NYPD chief says video will give clues, continued
Boyce said he was involved in a case a few years ago where a hooded gunman who shot someone dead during a botched robbery at a pizza shop was identified by his walk in a surveillance clip.
“There was footage of the shooter walking away … You couldn’t see his face but he had a distinctive limp,” Boyce recounted.
“We put the clip out and received a call from a woman who said, ‘that’s my husband’ … turned out it was her husband. He’d severed a toe in a construction accident a few years earlier.”
Ex-NYPD chief says video will give clues
While the killer’s face isn’t visible in the footage, Robert Boyce, a thirty-five-year veteran of the NYPD, told The US Sun the chilling clip may include several key details that could help cops unmask the culprit.
“One thing investigators will be able to do from the video is identify whether the killer has an abnormal or unique gait,” Boyce said, referring to the way somebody walks and moves.
“If they have a limp or anything like that, then they may be easily identifiable to police … these distinctive features become more clear each time you watch it.”
Killer allegedly accused Gaal of sending them to jail
The sender allegedly accused her of sending him to jail years ago and said “I’m back.”
He also allegedly threatened to kill the entire family if the police were called.
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.
How many kids do Orsolya and Howard have?
It is unclear how long the couple has been 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.
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 has not immediately returned a request for comment.
Do authorities suspect her younger son?
Gaal’s 13-year-old son was found on the top floor of the home, police said.
“He stated he lives at the location but does not know where she is,” police said in a statement.
The boy was interviewed by authorities while in custody and was eventually released.
Officials do not believe he had left the house overnight.
NYPD: ‘It’s a mystery’
Authorities are now trying to piece together exactly what happened to Orsolya Gaal, and figure out who is responsible for her murder.
“It’s a mystery,” said an NYPD official.
“Now it’s a question of piecing together everything she did that night.
Cops reportedly searching for ex-handyman
Sources have said cops want to question an ex-handyman lover who knew of a spare key to the home, according to the New York Post.
The man has not been formally identified yet, nor named as a person of interest.
But he is believed to have had a romantic relationship before the affair fell apart, the Post reports.
Piecing together what happened, continued
“[Cops] actually traced it backward from the scene to the house,” the NYPD source said, describing the blood trail from the bag where Gaal was found.
According to authorities, the woman knew the people she was hanging out with and they are currently being interviewed.
“We also have to figure out, did she meet some mysterious stranger along the way?”
Piecing together what happened
During Gaal’s final hours Friday night, she had gone out with friends.
Authorities are combing through surveillance and pulling receipts from the places she went to.
“[Then] around 4:30am [Saturday], you see somebody rolling this [duffle bag] down the sidewalk from multiple cameras,” said the NYPD official.
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.
Former colleague mourns
Orsolya Gaal’s former colleague Ross Rubin shared a tweet about the death of his friend.
“Our kids played together when they were young,” he wrote.
Reward for tips
The NYPD is now offering up a $3500 reward for information leading to Orsolya Gaal’s murderer, The Independent reported.
The outlet noted that posters were put up in her neighborhood asking for anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-8477.
‘I don’t feel safe’
“It’s absolutely horrifying,” neighbor and event planner Mara Newman told The New York Post after Gaal was found dead.
“Nothing like this would happen in this neighborhood. People pay a lot of money to live in Forest Hills.”
“I’m sick to my stomach. I don’t feel safe. I’m not going to be walking here at night. I can’t believe there is a . . . body thrown on the side of the road.”
Are there any suspects?
On the morning of Saturday, April 16, her youngest son, 13-year-old Leo, was brought in for questioning after her body was found.
However, following the questioning, Leo was released by cops later that same day.
Has anyone been arrested?
No arrests have been made as the investigation into Orsolya Gaal’s death continues.
Cops have not issued any charges in the case.
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!”
Who found Orsolya Gaal’s body?
Dog owner Glenn Van Nostrand told the New York Post that he found Orsolya’s lifeless corpse on April 16 while walking his two dogs that smelled the scent coming from the body in the discarded duffle bag.
Glenn told the Post of his grisly discovery: “It didn’t look very fleshy.”
“It was more like a crash test dummy.”
Orsolya Gaal timeline
A timeline of events surrounding Gaal’s death leaves many mysteries still unsolved.
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.