Orsolya Gaal, 51, was seen by neighbor John Blankson Friday evening just walking about the yard with her dog
The killer who murdered married Queens mother Orsolya Gaal sent her husband a text afterwards saying it was revenge for her sending him to jail years ago, according to unnamed police sources.
Gaal, 51, was found dead inside a bloody duffel bag on the side of the road, less than half a mile from her home in Forrest Hills, Queens, at 8.11am on Saturday.
No one has been arrested for her death.
Police questioned her 13-year-old son Leo – who is thought to have been at home when she was killed – but he was released without charge.
Gaal’s equities advisor husband, Howard Klein, and their oldest son Jamie were out of town visiting colleges at the time of her murder.
Police believe Orsolya went out for the night on Saturday, possibly with a man, then returned home. She was killed inside the basement of her home then was dragged out in the bag, they say. Unnamed sources told PIX11 News that she had told her son she was going out with friends but was in fact with another man.
After she was murdered, police believe the killer used her phone to text her husband and say ‘your whole family is next’.
PIX11 cites sources who say the killer also told Howard: ‘Your wife sent me to jail some years ago. I’m back’.
On Saturday, Gaal’s husband Klein told The New York Post: ‘[My son] Leo is safe. Thank God [my son] is safe. There are concerns about our safety. Our lives are at risk.’
Surveillance footage has also emerged showing someone in a hoodie wheeling the bag near her home at around 4.30am. The bag is similar to one used by her 13-year-old son and could have been taken from the home by the killer.
A shocking surveillance photo captured the moment an unidentified person dragged a bloody hockey bag, filled with what cops are saying were the remains of a Queens mother, down a sidewalk Friday night
Gaal’s body was discovered in a blood-filled duffel bag in Queens early Saturday morning, near a popular walking path on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, on a section of street that cuts through a local park. Pictured is the sidewalk where the body was found
Gaal is pictured with her husband, Howard Klein, and two sons, aged 13 and 17, shown in December
A police officer covers up the hockey bag that Gaal was discovered stuffed into on Saturday morning
The family some in Forrest Hills, Queens, on Saturday morning after her body was found nearby
‘Something is not adding up. But there are cameras along the way. They’ll tell if it’s an adult or a child,’ one unnamed police source told The New York Post.
‘She knew the people she was out with. We’re talking to them. We also have to figure out, did she meet some mysterious stranger along the way?’ they added.
After the 13-year-old was questioned, cops determined he had no knowledge of the crime. The child was subsequently released, police said, after determining the body in the bag was Gaal’s.
Detectives are now investigating the gruesome discovery, which was made by two different local residents on a section of street which cuts through a local park.
Gaal was seen by neighbor John Blankson Friday evening just walking about the yard with her dog, according to the New York Daily News.
‘The sun came out, Friday was quite nice,’ said Blankson. ‘We were outside. We didn’t actually speak to her – we were just chilling outside – but she was outside with the dog.’
That was the last time Blankson or his family saw Gaal. He also said that everyone in his house was up particularly late Friday night.
Police told the Daily News that Klein and his son had been made aware of Gaal’s death and were on their way back to New York.
The Daily News had previously reported that police had been investigating the possibility that a male relative killed Gaal, citing law enforcement sources at the time.
Gaal with her husband, Howard, who runs an equities advisory firm, and their two sons
Gaal’s husband Howard and oldest son were out of town, visiting colleges, when she was murdered
The bag remains covered up on the streets as detectives attempt to figure out who was responsible for Gaal’s death
‘She knew the people she was out with,’ a source said of Gaal. ‘We’re talking to them. We also have to figure out, did she meet some mysterious stranger along the way?’
Gaal had no ID on her when she was found, police told the New York Daily News evening, adding that officers who followed the trail made an ’emergency entry’ into the woman’s home in an attempt to get to the bottom of the grisly discovery
Cops said a blood trail from the blood-soaked bag led them to Gaal’s house, located in a gated community on Juno Street a half mile from where her body was found
Gaal’s husband, identified by neighbors as Howard Klein, was reportedly traveling out of state with the couple’s eldest son, aged 17, Twitter posts from the man published earlier this week indicated
Detectives are now investigating the gruesome find, which was made by two different local residents near the busy street (pictured)
Pictured is home in Forest Hills Gardens, a gated community a half mile from where the body was found. A blood trail from the bag led them to a house in the private cul de sac complex, belonging to the family of four
Gaal attended Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business
Gaal is Hungarian. She and her husband Howard are thought to have met when he was living in Budapest for work. They are shown on their wedding day, left
When reached by the Post via phone, Klein said he was ‘in the middle of a terrible experience’ and was readying to fly back to New York.
‘[My son] Leo is safe. Thank God [my son] is safe,’ he said of the 13-year-old.
‘There are concerns about our safety. Our lives are at risk.’
According to Gaal’s Facebook page, she attended Budapest Business School College of International Management and Business, and likely has family in Hungary.
Several photos posted by Gaal show the woman with the family’s dog and chronicle trips to Hungary, Croatia, China and Guatemala. Posts also show the mother speaking in Hungarian.
In February, she contributed to a fundraiser put in place by her younger son for breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen, the Daily News reported.
In a YouTube video posted last month, the 13-year-old explained that he started the fundraiser as a bar mitzvah project to honor his paternal grandmother, who died of cancer in 2010.
‘My grandmother Deborah Klein died after a five-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 76,’ the child says in the clip, the newspaper reported. ‘I was only 18 months old at the time, so I never really had the chance to know my grandma Debbie.’
Her husband’s social media accounts, meanwhile, reportedly suggest he is from Long Island and that he’s a trader of lithium, a metal used to power electronics.
Husband Howard Klein is the founder of RK Equity, his LinkedIn profile identifies, where he currently works as a partner. His profile describes the business as a ‘New York-based boutique capital markets advisory firm.’
He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in 1990, where he was on a trip with his 17-year-old son, while his wife was killed and dismembered.
No arrests have been made in the investigation, which is still ongoing.
A local resident was the first to stumble across the grisly scene, cops said. Noticing the blood, the Good Samaritan dialed dispatchers at roughly 8:11 a.m.
Police arrived to the scene after a second call was made, according to another local, Glenn Van Nostrand, reportedly the second to come across the body.
Van Nostrand, 51, who had been walking through the park with his two hunting dogs, told the New York Post he noticed what he said was a black Bauer hockey duffel bag while headed down the busy street to his nearby home.
The disturbing discovery comes as New York continues to grapple with a violent crime wave that has seen major crimes rise nearly 50 percent in the past year
Mr Nostrand did not think much of the discovery at first, he told the paper, but bizarre behavior from his two hound dogs spurred him to look inside. ‘They are scent hounds,’ he said. ‘They see the world through their noses.’
When he opened the bag, he found the mangled body, which he said had been packed in the bag in the fetal position.
He said: ‘To me it looked a mannequin. It didn’t look very fleshy. It was more like a crash test dummy. I thought it was maybe some equipment being used for something. I didn’t think anything of it.’
Then, the Queens resident said he noticed black, ankle-length jeans, a belt and a woman’s waist, and came to the realization it was real body, eventually noticing blood on the other side of the bag after having opened it.
‘I thought, “Oh my goodness”, and called police,’ he said, adding that he told dispatchers who answered his call: ‘There’s a body in this bag.’
He told of how ‘another gentleman’ who was not identified by cops had called earlier about the body bag, but officers had not arrived on the scene at that point.
Cops who arrived on the scene transferred the remains Saturday morning to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The incident is the latest in a startling surge of crimes that have plagued the city since the start of the pandemic – a crime wave NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell says stems from ‘a perception among criminals that there are no consequences, even for serious crime.’
Last week, top cop Sewell slammed the recent trend toward policies such as bail reform, and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s stance reducing or dropping charges for many crimes.
‘[The justice system] must be fair, but it must first and foremost favor the people it was designed to safeguard and protect. When the focus on those people is lost – New Yorkers, who deserve to be free from fear – the policies fail to deliver on their most basic purpose, which is public safety,’ Sewell said during an April 6 presser.
‘Everyday New Yorkers need more help. Our police need more help. We need help from every corner of the criminal justice system, and from everyone who lives in, works in, or visits our great city,’ said Sewell.
The commissioner then called for something to be done about the ‘continuing and completely unacceptable violence in our streets.’
The surging crime wave, which according to the latest NYPD statistics shows no signs of abating, has seen an uptick in almost all major crimes this year.
For the year through April 10, major crimes are up 44 percent from the same period in 2021, with felony assault up 19 percent and robberies rising 48 percent, the latest NYPD data show.
Murders have ticked down 11 percent, but other crimes are well up, with shooting incidents rising 8 percent, burglary up 31 percent, and grand larceny auto soaring 77 percent.
Major crimes, meanwhile, are up overall, by nearly 50 percent.