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Orsolya Gaal murder: Suspected handyman lover in custody in Queens mom’s death

Orsolya Gaal murder: Suspected handyman lover in custody in Queens mom’s death

A suspect was charged early Thursday with the brutal slaying of Queens mom Orsolya Gaal — with multiple sources telling The Post he was her handyman ex-lover.

David Bonola, 44, was taken into custody and charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon over the brutal weekend stabbing, the NYPD confirmed early Thursday.

Multiple sources told The Post that Bonola was the handyman thought to have also been Gaal’s lover — and that he gave a full confession after his arrest.

He was picked up thanks to a pair of blood-soaked boots left at Gaal’s stately Forest Hills home after she was stabbed nearly 60 times in the early hours Saturday, sources said.

Bonola, from Richmond Hill, has no prior arrests, according to cops.

Gaal, 51, went out to a show at Lincoln Center with friends on Friday evening — and then hung out at a bar in her neighborhood, seemingly as if expecting to meet someone who never showed, sources said.

A person is in custody in connection with the death of Orsolya Gaal.
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Police remove Orsolya Gaal's body from the scene of the stabbing.




Police remove Orsolya Gaal’s body from the scene of the stabbing.
Kevin C. Downs for The New York
Orsolya Gaal is seen in an undated Facebook photo.
Orsolya Gaal is seen in an undated Facebook photo.
Facebook/Orsolya Gaal

Once home, she was repeatedly stabbed and then stashed in a black Bauer hockey bag similar to one belonging to her kids.

Grainy video from a neighborhood doorbell camera caught a mysterious figure lugging the bloody duffel bag away from the Gaal home around 4:30 a.m.

A local resident walking his dog found the remains about four hours later.

The body of Orsolya Gaal being dragged in a duffel bag.
The body of Orsolya Gaal being dragged in a duffel bag.
Orsolya Gaal pictured in a family photo.
Orsolya Gaal in a family photo.
orsolya.gaal.9/Facebook

Police quickly suspected that the killer knew Gaal since there were no signs of a break-in, and because the violence suggested it was personal and fueled by anger specifically toward her, sources said.

They focused on her handyman, understanding that he had a romantic relationship that went south, sources said.

Bonola confessed that he struck after an argument, police sources said.

The bar where Gaal was spotted before being fatally stabbed.
The bar where Gaal was spotted before being fatally stabbed.
Georgett Roberts

Gaal’s 13-year-old son was upstairs in the house at the time his mom was brutally murdered downstairs, and was briefly taken to a precinct for questioning, saying he did not know where his mom was.

Her 53-year-old husband, Howard Klein, was in Oregon with their 17-year-old son visiting colleges at the time.

Klein told police he’d received a text from his wife’s phone after her death that warned, “Your whole family is next,” according to law enforcement sources and WPIX.

Police cover up Gaal's body in Forest Hills, Queens.
Police cover up Gaal’s body in Forest Hills, Queens.
(Kevin C. Downs for The New York
The house of Orsolya Gaal whose body was found stabbed in a suitcase near Metropolitan Avenue and Forest Park near the Jackie Robinson Parkway in Forest Hills, Queens.
The home of Orsolya Gaal, whose body was found stabbed in a suitcase near Metropolitan Avenue and Forest Park near the Jackie Robinson Parkway in Forest Hills, Queens.
(Kevin C. Downs for The New York

As he flew home to New York Saturday, he told The Post that he feared his whole family could be in danger.

“There are concerns about our safety,” Klein claimed. “Our lives are at risk.”

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