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Handyman lover David Bonola is charged with murder of Queens mom Orsolya Gaal

Murdered Queens mother Orsolya Gaal and the lover accused of killing her had been having an on-off affair for two years, police revealed on Thursday. 

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. 

At 12.40am on Saturday, Gaal – whose husband was out of town with her oldest son – let Bonola into her home. 

Her 13-year-old son was on the top floor of the house but was not aware of what was going on downstairs, police say. 

They went into the basement where an argument ensued and where he stabbed her 58 times in a frenzy. 

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. 

Bonola then walked to his own home, through Forest Park. The next day, he went to hospital for treatment to wounds on his hands. 

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. 

The knife he used in the attack is similar to the knives in the home. 

The kitchen knife used by handyman David Bonola to stab Orsolya Gaal 58 times in the basement of her home. Police think he took it from the house 

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.

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.

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.

David Bonola, 44, was charged on Thursday with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon. He made a full confession to killing Orsolya Gaal after being arrested

One of the images from a Facebook account linked to Bonola

David Bonola, 44, was charged on Thursday with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon. He made a full confession to killing Orsolya Gaal after being arrested

Bonola commented on these photos of Orsolya Gaal telling her she had the look of love, left, and was 'the most beautiful woman

Bonola commented on these photos of Orsolya Gaal telling her she had the look of love, left, and was 'the most beautiful woman

Bonola commented on these photos of Orsolya Gaal telling her she had the look of love, left, and was ‘the most beautiful woman

In May 2020, Bonola left these comments on Gaal's Facebook page, telling her among other things that she was the most beautiful woman in the world and that she had 'the look of love'. She 'liked' all of the comments

In May 2020, Bonola left these comments on Gaal’s Facebook page, telling her among other things that she was the most beautiful woman in the world and that she had ‘the look of love’. She ‘liked’ all of the comments 

Gaal and Bonola interacted with each other on social media. In 2020, he liked a photograph of her as a child, writing 'Hola' with a love heart underneath the image. She 'liked' his comment

Gaal and Bonola interacted with each other on social media. In 2020, he liked a photograph of her as a child, writing 'Hola' with a love heart underneath the image. She 'liked' his comment

Gaal and Bonola interacted with each other on social media. In 2020, he liked a photograph of her as a child, writing ‘Hola’ with a love heart underneath the image. She ‘liked’ his comment 

This is believed to be Orsolya Gaal's killer, dragging her body along the sidewalk after stabbing her nearly 60 times in her basement in Queens on Saturday

This is believed to be Orsolya Gaal’s killer, dragging her body along the sidewalk after stabbing her nearly 60 times in her basement in Queens on Saturday 

These are the last known movements of Orsolya Gaal, 51, who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning. David Bonola, 44, has now been charged with her murder

These are the last known movements of Orsolya Gaal, 51, who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning. David Bonola, 44, has now been charged with her murder  

He is from Richmond Hill, a neighborhood in Queens that is a stone’s throw from where Gaal lived with her family. Detectives believe the pair argued inside before Bonola allegedly killed her. 

There have been confused reports over where exactly inside the home she was attacked – some sources say evidence points to a struggle on the first floor, but others say she was killed in the basement of the home. 

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. At 4.11am, the suspect wheeled Gaal’s body out of the house in a duffel bag.

He was filmed rushing past houses, dragging it behind him, before dumping it 0.5 miles from the property on the side of a busy road. 

At a press conference on Thursday, NYPD detectives revealed the pair had a two-year, on-off romance

At a press conference on Thursday, NYPD detectives revealed the pair had a two-year, on-off romance 

Gaal with her sons, 17-yearold Jamie and 13-year-old Leo, and husband Howard Klein on Christmas Eve in 2021

Gaal with her sons, 17-yearold Jamie and 13-year-old Leo, and husband Howard Klein on Christmas Eve in 2021 

The Klein family home remained sealed off on Wednesday morning with multiple NYPD vehicles parked outside

The Klein family home remained sealed off on Wednesday morning with multiple NYPD vehicles parked outside 

It 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. 

Gaal’s husband Howard and her older son Jamie, who had been on the West Coast, rushed back. 

They have not been seen or heard from since. 

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