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Murder of Orsolya Gaal: 5 quick facts you need to know

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Orsolya Gaal was found dead in a duffel bag in Queens, New York, after shocking video showed a person dragging her body down the street near her home. She was stabbed 60 times, police sources told the New York Post. The 51-year-old married mother of two was killed on Saturday April 16, 2022, according to police. No arrests were made.

Gaal was seen working in her garden and then went out for the night in the hours before her murder, reports the New York Post. Police have not said if they have any suspects or persons of interest, and have not commented publicly on a possible motive. Gaal’s body was found about a half-mile from her home, the NYPD said.

Police sources told PIX11: “She appeared to have told her youngest son that she was going to watch a show but ended up meeting up with another man instead. At one point, the man killed Gaal in the basement of her home, stuffed her in a duffel bag and discarded her body, police sources said.” Video obtained by police showed the alleged killer dragging the bag down the street in the Forest Park neighborhood of Queens, reports the news channel.

According to NBC News, “Officers received a call about a suspicious bag of blood at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway in Forest Hills just after 8 a.m. Saturday, the New York City Police Department said.” Gaal was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy by the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that her death was homicide caused by “sharp force wounds to the neck,” NBC News reported. Gaal was stabbed in the neck, torso and left arm, sources told the New York Post. The newspaper reports that puncture wounds were found on her windpipe and carotid artery. She also had “knife wounds in her fingers and palms,” according to the Post.

Here’s what you need to know about Orsolya Gaal and her murder:


1. Orsolya Gaal’s husband and eldest son were out of town the night she was killed; Her youngest son was reportedly at home and being questioned by the police


Disturbing details of Queens murderThe police scene outside a Queens home was still active on Monday, two days after the body of a mother was found in a duffel bag about half a mile away.2022-04-18T12:41:27Z

According to multiple reports, Orsolya Gaal’s husband Howard Klein and their 17-year-old son were out of town at the time of her death. According to the New York Post, the 13-year-old boy was led out of the house in handcuffs by police and was questioned by investigators. The boy, his brother and father are not considered persons of interest, reports CBS News. Gaal was found dead around 8 a.m. Saturday, the NYPD says.

CBS News reported: “Sources told CBS New York the suspected cause of death was blunt force trauma. They said investigators initially believed Gaal’s 13-year-old son and husband might have been of interest in the case. They later said the husband was not a suspect. Police said Gaal’s 13-year-old son was arrested for questioning and released. Investigators are now looking at the victim’s phone records to determine when they were last active.” The 13-year-old is also no longer considered a person of interest, CBS News reported Monday.

According to a now-deleted tweet, Klein was in Portland, Oregon, attending college with his son Twitter page. Klein had tweeted that they were in Oregon and planning to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor next. He told the New York Post he and his son planned to fly home to New York on Sunday. He said they were “in the midst of a horrifying experience,” the newspaper reported. Klein could not be reached by Heavy for comment and it was not immediately clear if he had hired a lawyer or spokesman to represent the family.


2. Orsolya Gaal’s husband says her alleged killer texted him from her cell phone: “Your whole family is next”

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FacebookOrsolya Gaal with her husband Howard Klein and their two sons.

Gaal’s husband told PIX11 he received a text message from his wife’s phone that said: “Your whole family is next,” the news outlet reports. Klein told the New York Post his youngest son was “safe,” adding, “Thank God my son is safe.”

Klein said his family’s life “is at stake,” the newspaper reported. “There are concerns about our safety. Our lives are in danger,” Klein told the Post. Police have not confirmed Klein’s statements about the threatening text message or whether the lives of Gaal’s husband and sons are in danger.

According to PIX11, the text message from his wife’s phone also warned him not to call the police. The alleged killer wrote to Klein that Gaal put him in prison a few years ago, the news channel reports. Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call the police at Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), the NYPD says. Tips can also be provided by visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, using the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then typing TIP577.


3. Orsolya Gaal is originally from Hungary and studied at Budapest Business School according to her Facebook page

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FacebookOrsolya Gaal in a photo from her Facebook page.

Orsolya Gaal is originally from Hungary, where part of her family still lives, including her mother and sister, and she studied at the Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business, according to her Facebook profile. It wasn’t immediately clear when Gaal had moved to the United States and how long she had been married to her husband.

According to CBS News, neighbors said Gaal was a “housewife who loved her children.” Nicola Blankson told the news channel: “Just so tragic. I just get sick when I hear that. She enjoyed life. She was on the road, you know, socializing, seeing the theatre, traveling. … She was in the garden with the dog and the son, so I heard her talking, just normal family stuff.”

Gaal’s husband, Howard Klein, is a co-founder of RK Equity, according to his LinkedIn profile. According to LinkedIn, “Howard founded New York-based boutique capital markets advisory firm RK Equity in 2002 and has over 25 years’ experience raising capital and investing in a variety of natural resource investment themes, with a particular focus on lithium and other relevant ones Commodities Batteries used in electric vehicles and utility storage.

Adds her husband’s LinkedIn: “Howard is the author and distributor of the Lithium-ion Bull newsletter and co-host of the Rock Stock Channel on YouTube and Lithium-ion Rocks!”. Podcast that has a wide audience of institutional investors and accredited investors in North America, Australia and Europe. Howard also regularly speaks at investment conferences on the disruptive topic of battery metals.” The University of Michigan and Columbia Business School graduate and native of New York has experience working in Central Europe, including in his wife’s home country of Hungary, according to his LinkedIn page.


4. Police followed a trail of blood from where Gaal’s body was found back to her home and then viewed surveillance footage showing her body being dragged down the street in a duffel bag


Disturbing details of Queens murderThe police scene outside a Queens home was still active on Monday, two days after the body of a mother was found in a duffel bag about half a mile away.2022-04-18T12:41:27Z

According to police, investigators followed a trail of blood on Saturday morning where the duffel bag and Gaal’s body were found, reports PIX11. The blood led them to Gaal’s house on Juno Street. According to PIX11, detectives then found surveillance video of nearby homes that showed a person dragging the large holdall down the street.

NBC New York reported: “Law enforcement sources said a trail of blood led detectives to a nearby house on Juno Street. Investigators spent much of the day searching the crime scene where the body was found, the home, and the trail of evidence linking the two.”

The New York Daily News reports that the duffel bag used to transport Gaal’s body is believed to have come from her home. The bag was also described as a hockey bag and witnesses said it had wheels.

Glenn Van Nostrand, who found Gaal’s body while walking his dogs, told the New York Post he looked inside and saw a foot and then a hip. He told the newspaper: “But to me it looked like a mannequin. It didn’t look very meaty. It was more like a crash test dummy. I thought maybe it was equipment used for something. I didn’t think anything of it.” He told the Post he then saw black ankle-length jeans, a belt and a woman’s waist and blood. He realized it was the body of a woman in the fetal position, the newspaper reports. He said he thought, “Oh my goodness,” and called the police.


5. Orsolya Gaal was reported missing by her husband in 2020, police say


Disturbing details of Queens murderThe police scene outside a Queens home was still active on Monday, two days after the body of a mother was found in a duffel bag about half a mile away.2022-04-18T12:41:27Z

According to the New York Daily News, police had only been called to Gaal’s Queens home in May 2020, when her husband reported her missing. The newspaper reports that he called the police back a few hours to report that she had returned home. Further details about this incident were not released.

Gaal’s neighbor, John Blankson, told PIX11 the neighborhood was quiet. “Nothing is happening here,” Blankson told the news channel. Another neighbor, who has not been identified, told PIX11: “We are very saddened and cannot believe that something like this could happen [our] Block.”

Blankson told NBC News: “What a tragedy, just for everyone involved. You can’t write that off. I think everyone is trying to figure out what happened. How did it happen? Why did that happen?” Another neighbor, Theodora Grafas, told the Daily News Gaal, “Just an amazing person and all of us who knew her will miss her. She was really just wonderful… Her kindness to people. She was super friendly. And how she looked after her kids and husband. We would do our nails together. When I walked by Friday morning she waved at me and I waved at her. I was going to run some errands and that was the last time that I saw her.”

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