Murder’ suspect ‘returned to Orsolya’s home to discuss affair,’ cops say


THE suspect arrested in the Orsolya Gaal murder case returned to her home to discuss their affair, according to the NYPD.

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.

On Thursday Bonola was arrested and charged with murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD told The Sun.

Exactly what happened to the mom-of-two remains a mystery, though investigators suspect Gaal knew her killer.

Gaal sat alone at a bar near her Forest Hills home for 40 minutes on Friday before she headed to her house, where investigators now believe she was killed on the first floor, The New York Post reported.

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.

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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  • Items found

    After the duffel bag with Gaal’s body was found, police also discovered a jacket, believed to be worn by Bonola, as well as boots, a T-Shirt, and bloody bandages as well.

  • Bonola stuffed Gaal’s body into her son’s bag

    David Bonola allegedly stuffed Orsolya Gaal’s body into her own son’s hockey bag, then went to the hospital to treat his injuries before he was arrested.

    Bonola, a handyman, showed up at Orsolya’s home, and the two argued before he allegedly murdered her in her home.

    Following her murder, the killer was seen wheeling her body through the neighborhood in a black Bauer hockey bag at 4.30am on Saturday before they left it in the middle of a sidewalk about nine blocks away.

    Police later revealed that the hockey bag belonged to Orsolya’s son.

  • 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.

  • Why was David Bonola arrested?

    David Bonola was arrested for allegedly murdering Gaal in her $2million home in QueensNew York.

    He was taken into custody at NYPD’s 112th precinct on April 20.

    Gaal’s killer was videoed wheeling her body through the neighborhood in a black hockey bag at 4.30am.

  • Who is David Bonola?

    David Bonola, 44, was charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon on April 21, 2022, the NYPD told The Sun.

    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.

  • ‘I hear you are looking for me’

    Detectives decided to pick David Bonola up and were in his neighborhood at around 11.30pm on Wednesday when he walked up to police officers and said, “I hear you are looking for me,” according to ABC-7.

  • 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.

  • Who was arrested for Gaal’s murder?

    On Thursday, David Bonola, 44, was arrested and charged with murder, criminal tampering, and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD told The Sun.

  • 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

    Orsolya Gaal sat alone at a local bar for 40 minutes before she went home the night she was killed, police sources cited by the New York Post said.

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Friends are unable to comment

    Gaal’s husband has not yet returned a request for comment from The US Sun.

    When reached by phone, friends of Gaal’s said they were unable to speak with the press under instructions from the NYPD.

  • Orsolya Gaal may have fought back

    Orsolya Gaal’s injuries suggest she fought back after being stabbed more than 50 times, according to law enforcement.

    Coroners revealed she had been stabbed more than 50 times, and police found possible defensive cuts on Gaal’s hands and inside her fingers.

    Plus, Gaal suffered injuries to her neck, torso, and left arm.

  • Where is Orsolya Gaal from?

    Orsolya Gaal lived in Forest Hills in Queens, New York at the time of her death.

    The married mother-of-two originally hailed from Hungary.

  • Killer may have been ‘spooked’

    The place where Orsolya Gaal’s remains were ultimately disposed of — in the middle of a sidewalk in a residential stretch of Forest Hills, Queens — suggests the killer may have been “spooked” by someone or something, Robert Boyce, a thirty-five-year veteran of the NYPD, told The US Sun.

    It could have been something like an early morning dog walker or the sound of an approaching car, he added.

  • Where did Gaal go to college?

    Orsolya Gaal attended the Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business, according to her Facebook profile.

  • Inside Orsolya Gaal’s Facebook page

    Orsolya Gaal’s Facebook profile shows numerous photos of her with a dog, and some with New York City in the background.

    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!”

  • Orsolya Gaal’s final social media post

    Just days before her tragic death, Orsolya Gaal had posted a picture of herself with a dog on Facebook.

    On the evening of January 13, the mother changed her Facebook profile picture to one of her holding a dog in front of a New York skyline.

  • Orsolya’s last known movements

    Orsolya Gaal’s last known movements are being pieced together as investigators are figuring out what happened to the Queens woman.

  • Gaal’s last movements, part three

    “[Gaal] was very active on social media,” Boyce said.

    “Investigators will be taking those numbers, connecting them to Facebook profiles, and triangulating them to the home to see if they were there when she was killed.”

    Boyce added that if the killer had “half-a-brain cell” they’d likely have left their phone behind before carrying out the murder.


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