Queens mother Orsolya Gaal 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.
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.
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.
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. They knew about the affair and wanted to question him 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.
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Source: Daily Mail