The handyman lover of a married Queens mom claimed he killed her because he thought she had given him HIV during their two year affair and tossed her laptop into the Hudson river because it had explicit videos.
David Bonola, 44, of Queens, was arraigned on Tuesday on a 13-count indictment for the April 16 murder of Orsolya Gaal, 51, who was stabbed 58 times in her basement and stuffing the body in a duffle bag while her son was upstairs.
According to the court documents, when detectives questions him on April 20, Bonoal allegedly claimed Gaal was cheating on him and that, ‘She gave me HIV,’ the New York Post reported.
‘She lied to me, she used me. She told me that she loved me. She couldn’t be with one person.
‘I took her laptop because she had sex videos on the laptop,’ he added. ‘I threw her laptop in the Hudson River where I used to visit her.’
Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise charged Bonola with two counts of murder in the second degree, two counts of burglary in the first degree, concealment of a human corpse, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
If convicted, the handyman faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison.
David Bonola (center), 44, of Queens, was arraigned on Tuesday on a 13-count indictment for the April 16 murder of Orsolya Gaal, 51. He allegedly told police that he went to her home on the night of the murder because he believed she had given him HIV during their two-year affair
Gaal, a mother of two, was found in a duffle bag in the middle of the street in Queens. Police said she had been brutally stabbed nearly 60 times
If convicted, the handyman faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison
Prosecutors said Gaal had returned to her home in Forest Hills on April 16, at around 12:30 a.m., when Bonola went into the house just a few minutes later.
Bonola, who had worked as Gaal’s handyman for the last two years and had an affair with the mother of two, got into an argument with her and went on to slash her throat while they were in the basement, according to the charges.
NYPD officials said Bonola had gone over to the home in an attempt to resurrect the affair as the relationship had come to ‘the end’.
According the statements from the April 20 interrogation, Bonola also confronted Gaal about the HIV claim.
‘I told her that I just wanted her to tell me the truth about why she gave me HIV,’ Bonola told police. ‘She said she didn’t have HIV.’
When Gaal told him the affair was over, he said she grabbed a knife and ordered him to leave, but Bonola told police he refused.
‘I grabbed the knife and cut her from the neck,’ Bonola allegedly told police. ‘She kept fighting and we fall. She was moving and trying to grab me so I stabbed her in the neck to get her to stop attacking me.’
Prosecutors said he went on to stab her 58 times before grabbing one of her son’s hockey duffle bags and stuffing her body inside. Gaal’s 13-year-old son, Leo, was asleep upstairs when the murder allegedly took place.
Her husband, Howard Klein, and oldest son, Jamie, were out of town looking at colleges.
Video outside the home shows Bonola rolling the bag through the quiet neighborhood before police discovered it near Forest Park at around 8 a.m.
Prosecutors said police were able to trail the blood from the duffle bag to Gaal’s home, where the found the knife hidden in the house as well as Bonola’s jacket.
After he was arrested and questioned, Bonola allegedly admitted to police that he stabbed Gaal and moved her body, according to court records.
He also admitted to going to the hospital for a deep cuts he suffered on his hands.
In a statement following the indictment, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said: ‘This heinous murder left two teenagers without a mother and terrified an entire community.
‘As alleged, this defendant brutally stabbed the victim over 50 times before stuffing her body into a duffel bag – which he then dragged for several blocks in an attempt to dispose of the victim’s remains.
‘The defendant has now been indicted and arraigned on very serious charges and faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.’
Bonola had allegedly gone to the home on April 16, just after midnight, to try and rekindle a two-year affair he was having with Gaal
This is believed to be Orsolya Gaal’s killer, dragging her body along the sidewalk after slashing her throat and stabbing her nearly 60 times in her basement
Police found the murder weapon (above) hidden inside Gaal’s house along with Bonola’s jacket
The criminal complaint charging Bonola cites both surveillance video footage and his own ‘statements and admissions’ as evidence in the case against him.
Bonola, who hails from Mexico and had moved to the U.S. more than 20 years ago, was arrested on Thursday.
Police sources who spoke with the New York Post say he spilled his guts in an entirely ‘matter of fact’ manner – and then proceeded to eat a bagel with cream cheese as if nothing had happened.
‘It was very matter of fact, very thorough, he answered every question they had,’ a police source told the newspaper. At no point did he request a lawyer.
Then, as he was put in a police car on Thursday in front of journalists asking why he killed her, he screamed: ‘F**k you motherf****r!’
Bonola and the victim first started seeing each other in 2020 after he worked in the family home where Gaal lived with her 53-year-old husband and two sons. It was an on-off relationship which they rekindled in April, but which had recently ended again.
According to NYPD sources, Bonola had gone over to the home in an attempt to resurrect the affair after it had come to ‘the end’.
‘A heated argument ensues between the two in the basement. A knife is brandished. A violent struggle ensues, resulting in our victim being stabbed ruthlessly and brutally in excess of 55 times, causing her demise,’ NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig explained.
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 Klein, Gaal’s husband, claiming to have been someone she once sent to jail in a failed attempt to throw police off his scent.
The 51-year-old mother of two allegedly let Bonola inside the home on April 16
Gaal with her sons, 17-yearold Jamie and 13-year-old Leo, and husband Howard Klein on Christmas Eve in 2021. Let was in the home at the time of the murder
Bonola had worked as a handyman in Gaal’s home for two years. He was often seen in her neighborhood riding his bike and playing music
Those living and working near Bonola’s 114th Street home described him as being something of a ‘night owl’.
He was often seen riding his bike and playing music, sometimes carrying a guitar. the man as being a ‘night owl.’
Bonola had been married once before and had two sons of his own with a woman who had later died. A local said that Bonola had also served in the Mexican army.
‘What’s the sense of this? I don’t know the reason why he did it. She’s gone,’ Richie, a worker at 7-11 told Fox News. ‘What did he accomplish?’
A local florist, Martin Calixto, said that Bonola would often stop by and buy a single red rose each and every time. He even recognized Gaal from photos that Bonola had showed him in the past.
‘He was very in love with her. He was talking about her as a very nice girl, very respectful. It’s hard to believe. He was a nice guy, dammit. For me it’s hard to believe,’ he went on.