UPDATE: Queens Handyman Arrested and Charged In Murder Of Orsolya Gaal
Orsolya Gaal was found stabbed nearly 60 times in a duffel bag about a half-mile from her home. David Bonola has been arrested and charged with her murder.
David Bonola, 44, a handyman from Queens, New York has been arrested and charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the murder of Orsolya Gaal. Per PEOPLE, Gaal and Bonola previously had a romantic relationship, and he may have known where the spare key to the Gaal family's home was kept.
Orsolya Gaal, a 51-year-old woman from Queens, New York, was found in a duffel bag about a half-mile from her home on the morning of April 16, 2022. She had been stabbed nearly 60 times. Police traced a trail of blood several blocks back to her Forest Hills home.
Did Orsolya Gaal Know Her Killer? Cops Seek Person Of Interest
On the morning of April 16, 2022, the body of Orsolya Gaal, a 51-year-old woman from Queens, New York, was found in a duffel bag about a half-mile from her home. Around the time of her death, her husband received a threatening text which read: “Your whole family is next,” PIX11 reported.
Gaal had been stabbed nearly 60 times in the neck, torso, and left arm, placed in a black Bauer hockey duffel bag, similar to one belonging to one of her kids, and left near Forest Park. According to CNN, a trail of blood then led police to her nearby home.
Gaal’s husband was out of the state on a trip with their 17-year-old son to tour colleges when she was killed. Although Gaal’s 13-year-old son was initially led away from the home in handcuffs and taken in for questioning, he has since been cleared as a suspect.
The mother of two told her 13-year-old son that she was going to watch television on the night she was killed. According to the New York Post, Gaal instead went to a show at Lincoln Center with friends then sat alone at a neighborhood bar. She sat at the Queens bar for around 40 minutes—as if she was waiting for someone—before leaving for home alone.
Investigators believe Gaal’s killer stabbed her on the first floor and then took her body down to the basement of her home. Surveillance footage captured the unknown man dragging a duffel bag down the street a few hours before Gaal’s body was found.
The New York Medical Examiner's Office has revealed that Gaal’s manner of death was homicide, and she was killed by sharp force injuries to her neck. Law enforcement sources have said they believe Gaal knew her killer as there were no signs of a break-in and the nature of the attack indicated it was likely personal, the New York Post reported. Police are reportedly looking into a man they believe had a past romantic relationship with Gaal, according to the New York Post.
An investigation into Gaal’s death is ongoing and no suspects have been named at this time.