2013-07-03 / Front Page

Shocking Slay Tape Reveals Astoria Murder


A 27-year-old Astoria woman murdered by her Ivy League educated boyfriend in June 2012 left behind shocking proof of the brutality she suffered in her last moments.

Danielle Thomas’ pleas for mercy were miraculously recorded on a friend’s cell phone after she reached out to her friend on speed dial during the beating she took in the moments before Jason Bohn, 38, choked the life out of the young woman, prosecutors said.

“You have five seconds and then...and then I’m going to kill you,” Bohn raged during the fatal encounter at their apartment on 33rd Street in Astoria on June 24, 2012.

Thomas can also be heard pleading with Bohn to stop choking her. “Jason, I can’t breathe,” she pleaded. “I love you.”

Bohn can be heard repeatedly demanding that Thomas tell him why she called an out-of-town phone number. “Danielle, why did you call that number?” Bohn rages.

“You have five seconds,” Bohn says. “I’m going to let you up and then you need to answer quickly or else you die. Why did you call the number? Why did you call…Danielle, you know by this time…Danielle, you are so stupid. You think I’m going to stop. I won’t stop,” Bohn rages.

Thomas is heard on the tape choking, screaming at Bohn that she didn’t make the call and begging him to stop. “I didn’t,” Thomas says. “I can’t breathe. Help me, Jason. Jason, I love you, Owww!” she moans.

“Why did you call 508?” Bohn rages. “I didn’t. I swear to you,” Thomas says between choking noises.

“I’ll get you one quickie,” Bohn says. “Danielle, you don’t have a lot of time.”

Law enforcement sources said it is unclear if Thomas dialed the number on purpose seeking help, or if the phone dialed the number automatically during the horrific attack.

Bohn told detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad he “panicked” after killing Thomas and put her body in a bathtub full of ice at the apartment before fleeing the scene.

Bohn used Thomas’ cell to text messages to her friends in the hours after the murder, law enforcement sources said. “He said she was “fine” and said she was spending the next Sunday at the Gay Pride parade,” the sources said. “He didn’t want them to call or visit when they didn’t hear from her,” the sources said.

Cops responding to a 911 call on June 26, 2012, found Thomas’ body in the bathtub, police said.

Bohn was arrested on the night of June 29, 2012 at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in White Plains while dining with Greenberg and his mother, Maureen O’Connell.

Detectives at the 114th Precinct expected Bohn to turn himself in at the Astoria Boulevard stationhouse on Friday, but when he failed to show up they went looking for him, police sources said. Greenberg later said Bohn was “just having a last meal” before heading to Queens to surrender to the detectives.

Bohn was originally charged with second-degree murder, criminal contempt, first-degree criminal contempt and tampering with physical evidence. Prosecutors upgraded the murder charge to first-degree after the voice mail revealed Bohn torturing Thomas, law enforcement sources said.

Bohn, who neighbors said beat Danielle Thomas “every day,” admitted in a series of notes he left behind at the murder scene that he killed Thomas during a heated argument at the apartment on 20th Avenue in Astoria.

“It was an accident,” Bohn wrote, over and over in a series of notes he left at the murder scene, prosecutors said. “I had been drinking and I was drunk when I got home, She was already asleep, I woke her up and there was fighting between us,” Bohn said. “When I woke up again she was unconscious. I’m sorry,” he said.

Thomas was killed about three weeks after she filed an Order of Protection with the 114th Precinct, law enforcement sources said.

Thomas, a senior financial analyst at Weight Watchers, went to the 114th Precinct on June 7, 2012, to report that Bohn had viciously beaten her, punching her in the face and torso and had walked away leaving her bruised and bloody.

Bohn was arrested and charged with assault and harassment in that incident, police said. Prosecutors asked for $1,000 bail in the case, but the judge released him without bail and issued the Order of Protection.

Law enforcement sources said the judge handled the case appropriately, because there was no record of domestic abuse or assault by Bohn. “Thomas never filed a complaint before the June 7 incident, so there was no history of violence tied to Bohn,” the sources said.

“He was charged with a misdemeanor count in the June 7 incident, which does not legally call for bail,” the sources said.

Police sources told the Gazette that the abuse began before the couple started living together last year. “According to family members and friends, this guy was beating Thomas while they lived in Florida,” the sources said.

Bohn, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Central Florida, met Thomas at a football game in Winter Haven, Florida. The couple moved to the Astoria apartment a few months before the murder.

Cops said Bohn was so brazen in his rage that he called Thomas on her cell phone while she was reporting the 2012 beating at the 114th Precinct, threatening her while detectives listened in.

“It’s war!” Bohn raged on the phone. “I’ll dedicate my life to hunting you down like a dog in the streets. I am going to make your life impossible.”

Prosecutors said they plan to use the recording as smoking-gun evidence in Bohn’s upcoming murder trial. He is due back in court on July 29 for a pre-trial hearing.

Bohn’s attorney and the Queens District Attorney’s office declined comment on the voice mail recording.

If convicted, Bohn faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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