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Police Arrest Man for Grisly Murder of Forest Hills Woman Stabbed and Stuffed in Duffel Bag

Police arrested a suspect Thursday for the murder of 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal in her Forest Hills home Saturday (Photo: Facebook and Google Maps)

April 21, 2022 By Allie Griffin

The longtime lover of a married Forest Hills woman, whose bloodied body was found stuffed in a duffel bag on the side of the road Saturday, confessed to her slaying and was charged with murder Thursday.

The alleged killer, 44-year-old David Bonola of South Richmond Hill, was arrested for allegedly stabbing Orsolya Gaal to death and dumping her body off the side of the Jackie Robinson Parkway near Metropolitan Avenue.

Bonola, who worked as a handyman for the victim’s family, allegedly stabbed Gaal, a 51-year-old wife and mother of two teenage boys, more than 55 times inside her home on Juno Street sometime after midnight Saturday, police said at a press conference Thursday.

He was charged with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon after police spotted him outside his home Wednesday night.

Bonola and Gaal had an on-and-off romantic affair for about two years and had rekindled their relationship in early April, only to have broken things off once again.

Gaal arrived home from a night out at Lincoln Center and a local bar 20 minutes after midnight Saturday. Bonola entered the home shortly after — either let in by Gaal or by using a key hidden in the family’s outdoor grill, police said.

Bonola and Gaal got into a heated argument over their relationship in the home’s basement, which turned deadly. Bonola is believed to have used a knife from the family’s kitchen to stab Gaal to death as her 13-year-old son slept upstairs, police.

“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 said at the news conference.

Bonola then allegedly jammed Gaal’s body into one of her son’s hockey bags and dragged it several blocks — leaving a blood trail from her home to the sidewalk near the Jackie Robinson Parkway, where he dumped the body bag.

Gaal was killed at her Juno Street home last weekend before being stuffed into a duffle bag and dumped on the side of the road on Metropolitan Avenue near the Jackie Robinson Parkway overpass, pictured (Photo: Google Maps)

Doorbell video caught the suspect lugging the duffel bag down the street, “leaving a bloody trail through the streets of Forest Hills,” Essig said.

A person walking their dog found the hockey bag with Gaal’s remains just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Police believe Bonola fled through Forest Park after disposing of the body. Investigators found the jacket they suspect he wore during the slaying inside the park as well as boots, a t-shirt and bloody bandages.

Bonola also received treatment for wounds to both hands at an area hospital the same day Gaal’s body was found, police said.

Gaal reportedly put up a fight against her killer. Investigators found defensive wounds on her hands.

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Charlton Heston

The 7th Commandment is in the Top Ten for a good reason. Nothing good results from adultery. In this case, the result was disastrous.

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Jill

Glad the suspect turned himself in and basically arrested after questioning. Interesting that that they now release close up video of the suspect around the crime scene now that he is in custody and not while searching for him. Victim they said all over media is from Hungary and killer some media outlets are reporting came to this country from Mexico 21 yrs ago and lives in Qns. Maybe he felt used and wanted revenge. We need more social worker outreach and marriage counselors.

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Laura

The Mayor did not cry for this victim like he did for the rapper. Cops refused to answer if he was here legally.

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Suzie

Killed by the handyman she was having an affair with huh? Its like a lifetime movie.

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Ciara

What’s going on in this city. My heart can only take so much. My daughter was recently looking to buy a home in Forest Hills to get away from the chaos and mayhem in our area. She recently married again and wants kids. Hopefully they will found a home in Nassau County.

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Gullible Republicans believe in myths fairytales and conspiracy theories

Ciara (Hashtagger) – Crimes of passion don’t happen in Nassau County or the Fox World.

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Evelyn

This is so so sad 😭😭😭 my deepest condolences to family and friends sorry for your Loss may her soul rest in peace.

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Twiggy

Cheap thrills, not worth it. Look where it has gotten you. Feel sad for the family.

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Steven

Thoughts and prayers should be with the children. May they find peace and a path forward.

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Emma

Finally someone called her just a woman. Each other source of information says “mother”, “mother of two boys”- like it maters- she was a human being. Have some respect for the family that obviously lost a mother and wife. Making all details about her life public and showing children’s faces is below anything. How are they supposed to live their lives since everyone knows them and people are judging their mother for her “possible relationships” with other man… shame

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Ashley Madison

Agreed. How could the unfaithful wife know the guy she was sleeping with was a total nutcase?

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Ashley is not a real name

She had ended the relationship and he surprised her at the door. Read today’s Post: young women working at Starbucks in Forest Hills had complained about him. Obviously, he is unhinged.

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stop the garbage

He should have been deported – he is here ILLEGALLY and ICE has filed a detainer on him. Got it?

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Georgia

This case is more about immigration than bail reform. News outlets such as abc news ny briefly are reported that he came to this country illegally from mexico and has lived in nyc illegally for 21 yrs.

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Juno

This is why you should never screw the help.
We don’t know if he has a criminal history in his country or any Domestic Violence record there either.
Where did the family meet this day laborer?
For all we know the illegal immigrant is a schizophrenic who was hearing voices when he murdered her. Too bad the death penalty isn’t on the books anymore.

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