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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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
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!”
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.
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.
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.
Orsolya’s last known movements
Orsolya Gaal’s last known movements are being pieced together as investigators try to figure 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.
Gaal’s last movements, continued
Robert Boyce, a thirty-five-year veteran of the NYPD, told The US Sun that investigators will be using Gaal’s cellphone data to create a map of her final movements.
They will combine the data with credit card activity and any surveillance footage captured of her in the hours before her death, he explained.
Additionally, cellphone pings for the three people of interest in the case will also be analyzed by investigators to determine whether they were in or nearby the home at the time of her murder.
Gaal’s last movements
The final movements Orsolya Gaal, who was found dead inside a blood-soaked duffel bag after being stabbed 60 times in Queens, New York, are being pieced together by cops as her killer remains at large.
Gaal started her Friday morning in the backyard of her Forest Hills home.
She later headed out with friends to see a show at the Lincoln Center, in Manhattan, before she was spotted sitting alone at a bar in Queens sometime around midnight.
Neighbors shaken by heinous crime
Orsolya Gaal’s death has shaken the Queens neighborhood where she’s from, with many residents stating that it is typically a quiet area.
“Nothing happens here,” neighbor John Blankson told PIX11.
“We’re very sad, and we can’t believe … something like this could happen on [our] block,” another added.
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, has 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?
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?
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.
When was Bonola taken into custody?
Bonola was taken into custody at NYPD’s 112th precinct last night, a police source told The US Sun.
How did the killer enter the house?
Police said on Thursday that they believe David Bonola was led into the house voluntarily or used a key.
Orsolya and Bonola were said to have had an intimate affair, on and off for two years, which was considered to be at an end when the incident occurred, police said.
The pair had broken up previously, cops added, but had reunited early in the month of April.
Handwritten note, continued
On Thursday, Bonola voluntarily went to the 112th precinct to be questioned where he made “incriminating statements” according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.
That came as another unnamed chief alleged that the 40-year-old had sought to divert the detectives’ attention to other men — including other handymen — after the supposed note was discovered.
Handwritten note in Gaal’s home ‘solved’ murder
A handwritten note found in Orsolya Gaal’s home is believed to have helped cops solve the mystery of her murder.
A senior NYPD supervisor has revealed they found a chilling household memo on her refrigerator that confirmed their suspicions of David Bonola’s alleged actions.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, it allegedly read “Get a new handyman.”
That prompted a hunt for evidence as cops scoured for clues in the residential Queens area.
When reached by phone, friends of Orsolya Gaal’s said they were unable to speak with the press under instructions from the NYPD.
Her husband has not yet returned a request for comment from The US Sun.
Gaal spotted waiting for someone
Gaal was reportedly spotted sitting alone in a local bar for 40 minutes on the night she was killed, waiting for someone.
It’s currently unclear if the mom had ever met up with the person she appeared to have been waiting for.
Bonola got treatment for wounds
Bonola received treatment for wounds to both hands following the attack, police said.
The suspect was pictured walking down the street with bandages on his hand.
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.