Chilling handwritten note 'led police' to mum's alleged killer

·News Reporter
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A chilling handwritten note found in the home of mum-of-two Orsolya Gaal is reportedly what led police to her alleged murderer.

On Thursday (local time), New York Police Department confirmed that 44-year-old David Bonola the 51-year-old's handyman, with whom she'd been having an on-and-off affair had been arrested and is faced with murder charges.

Ms Gaal was stabbed 58 times in the neck, torso and arm before her remains were dumped just one kilometre from her Queens home last weekend.

A jogger made the gruesome discovery around 8am on April 16 after noticing blood leaking from the hockey duffle bag that her body was stuffed into.

Orsolya Gaal with puppy (left) surveillance footage showing figure dragging bag with her body.
The remains of Ms Gaal, a 51-year-old mum from New York, were found just hours after a figure was captured dragging a duffle bag with her body inside. Source: Facebook/NBC New York

During their investigation, police reportedly discovered four words written on a note affixed to Ms Gaal's refrigerator, confirming their suspicions about Mr Bonola's involvement in her murder, a senior NYPD supervisor told The Daily Beast.

"Get a new Handyman," it said, the supervisor revealed.

The discovery of the note reportedly prompted a hunt for evidence to link Mr Bonola's to Ms Gaal's death.

This led police to surveillance footage of the alleged killer dragging the duffle bag with Ms Gaal's remains down the road just hours before it was found.

New York Police department investigators tracked down Mr Bonola by reviewing more CCTV from the victim’s neighbourhood, Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a news conference.

Once in custody, the handyman "made incriminating statements", Essig said without going into detail.

Mum's chilling murder

Police revealed the hockey bag used to hide the mum's remains belonged to her 17-year-old son who was away with his dad, Ms Gaal's husband Howard Klein, at the time of the murder.

Detectives believe Ms Gaal went out with friends before returning to her home at around 12.20am on April 16, with Mr Bonola arriving at the residence a short time later. There was no sign of forced entry.

David Bonola escorted by police after murder charge
A chilling note reportedly led to the arrest of David Bonola (second from left) who was charged with the murder of Orsolya Gaal. Source: AP

"A heated argument ensues between the two in the basement," Detective Essig told reporters.

"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."

Police later discovered a jacket, boots, and a T-shirt believed to be worn by Mr Bonola.

Sources told WPIX that Ms Gaal's husband received a text message shortly after her death.

"Your whole family is next," the text reportedly said.

However, police do not believe Ms Gaal's family is in any danger since the arrest.

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