David Bonola has been arrested for the murder of Orsolya Gaal, 51, who was murdered in Queens, NY, on Friday night
He is now being charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon
The handyman used a kitchen knife to stab married mother-of-two lover to death with a kitchen knife, in her basement after a ‘domestic dispute’:
Killer and victim had ‘on off’ romance for two years that started when he worked in her house
Brought in Wednesday, under questioning Bonola, 44, on Thursday confessed to murdering Gaal in her home on April 16, shortly before 1.00 AM
They had they recently rekindled their on and off two-year affair that but which had ended again
On Friday night, he showed up at her family home, where he had worked, and she let him in at around 12.40
Her younger son Leo, 13, was upstairs so the couple went to into the basement where they started arguing
Bonola then used a knife from the house to stab Gaal 58 times in the neck, torso and arm
He then retrieved her son’s hockey bag and stuffed her body inside and waited until 4am to wheel her out
Bonola walked through a park to his home three miles away, dumping his jacket on the way, cops later found his blood-soaked boots and t-shirt
On Wednesday night, he was brought in for questioning and he confessed to the murder
The married mother-of-two who was murdered inside her own home in Queens, new York, on in the early hours of Saturday April 16, and her lover had been having an on-off affair for two years before he murdered her with a kitchen knife in her basement last week while her 13-year-old son was upstairs.
The alleged killer, David Bonola, 44, was arrested on Thursday in the early hours of the morning.
He was spotted by police on Wednesday night and brought in for questioning then confessed to murdering Gaal in her home on April 16 shortly before 1am.
As he was put in a police car on Thursday in response to journalists asking why he killed her, the suspecct screamed: ‘F**k you motherf****r!’
The pair started seeing each other in 2020 after he worked in the family home where Gaal lived with her husband Howard and two sons. It was an on-off relationship which they rekindled in April, but which had recently ended again.
According to the NYPD, Bonola had gone over to the home in an attempt to resurrect the affair.
On Friday night, not long after midnight, Gaal let Bonola into her home. It’s unclear if she had invited him over, or if he showed up unannounced. They went inside and down to the basement because her youngest son, Leo, was upstairs at the time. Her husband Howard and oldest son Jamie were out of town looking at colleges.
At some point, the pair started arguing and Bonola stabbed her 58 times using a knife that he found inside the house. It is not clear what the argument was specifically about.
He then retrieved her son’s hockey bag and waited until 4am, then wheeled her body out of the home and dumped it less than half a mile away.
He also sent a text to Howard Klein, Gaal’s husband, claiming to have been someone she once sent to jail in a failed attempt to throw police off his scent.
Bonola then walked to his own home, through Forest Park. The next day, he went to hospital for treatment for wounds on his hands.
On Wednesday night, as police officers were canvassing the area in Queens for video footage, they spotted Bonola and approached him. With knowledge about the affair, investigators marked him for questioning, so brought him in for questioning at the 112th Precinct, where he confessed to the entire murder.
At a press conference on Thursday, NYPD detectives revealed he had worked in Gaal’s family home and was ‘known to the family.’
It’s unclear if Gaal’s husband Howard Klein was aware of her affair.
David Bonola, 44, was arrested on Thursday in the early hours of the morning. He was spotted by police on Wednesday night and brought in for questioning then confessed to murdering Gaal in her home on April 16 shortly before 1am.
‘They had been off and on and they had broken up prior but had reunited early in the month of April and their relationship was considered at an end,’ NYPD Detective Julie Morrill said.
Bonola is originally from Mexico but moved here in his early 20s.
He is from Richmond Hill, a neighborhood in Queens that is a stone’s throw from where Gaal lived with her family.
Gaal had spent Friday night at a show at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan with girlfriends.
She then returned to Queens sometime before 11pm, stopping in for a drink at the Forest Hills Station House, where she had a Moscow Mule. She then walked home to Juno Street.
It’s unclear if her killer was already inside the home or if she let him in afterwards but at 12.40am, she was stabbed 58 times in the neck, torso and arm.
Her 13-year-old son Leo was upstairs in the house at the time but did not hear anything.
At the press briefing Chief of Detectives, James Gessig, said, ‘We believe Mr. Bonola arrives between 12.30am and 12.40am. He is a handyman who is employed by Mrs Gaal. They had been having an intimate affair for 2 years.
‘Bonola is either let in voluntarily or he uses a key that he knows is kept in the barbecue. A heated argument in the basement ensues and then a violent struggle before Bonola ruthlessly and brutally stabs Mrs Gaal in excess of 55 times, causing her demise.
‘Bonola then retrieved a hockey bag belonging to the son… After disposing of the body, Mr. Bonola fled through Forest Park, where investigators discovered the jacket worn by him.
‘On Saturday, he received treatment at a local area hospital for wounds on his hands.’
‘At this time, he has no (prior) arrests that we know of. There are no outstanding suspects,’ Chief of Detectives, James Gessig, said at a press briefing.
Gaal’s body was found the next morning by a dog walker who called police. Cops then followed a trail of blood left by the dragged bag back to Gaal’s home.
They found Leo inside unscathed and took him in for questioning, putting him in handcuffs, before letting him go later that day.
Police found Bonola Wednesday night as they were canvassing for more video footage in the case. He willingly came in for questioning and “made incriminating statements,” Essig said.
The suspect was brought to the stationhouse where he made the “incriminating statements,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said Thursday.
Bonola is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal tampering.