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Monday, March 17, 2014

Legendary mobster breaking all the rules at assisted living facility in Florida

Mob hitman Harold Konigsberg, 88, was released from prison two years ago and has surfaced at an assisted living home in Florida.

Legendary mob hitman Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg, released from an upstate prison two years ago, has resurfaced at an assisted living facility in Florida, where the octogenarian flouts the rules and bullies his neighbors, sources told the Daily News.

"To say he was pushy is putting it mildly — he didn't get along with anybody," said Sandra Fiebert, 83. "He told me to shut up more than once."

Fiebert, originally from Queens, was removed from the Westchester of Sunrise assisted living community by her son after he learned she was neighboring the convicted hit man — suspected in up to 20 additional hits.

Some of Konigsberg's neighbors at the Westchester assisted living facility in Sunrise, Fla., tell the Daily News that the 88-year-old former hitman breaks the rules and bothers his fellow residents.

Konigsberg ruffled feathers by acting like he ran the place, Fiebert said. When she complained about him blasting the volume on his TV in the middle of the night, Konigsberg's response to the staffer could be heard through the wall: "Is it the lady next door? Tell her to drop dead!" he shouted.

Fiebert accused Konigsberg of greasing staffers' palms so they’d give him the run of the place. Unlike all of the other residents, Fiebert griped that Konigsberg gets to ignore the assigned seating in the dining room, use a spare room to conduct mysterious business, access the kitchen, and cook in his room with a hot plate.

Konigsberg went to jail with a sentence of 20 to life for strangling Teamsters official Anthony (Three Fingers) Castellito with a Venetian blind cord.

"He had the staff jumping at his command. Running back and forth to the kitchen to get his juice or tea," railed Fiebert.

Last month Sunrise cops issued him a warning for trespassing at the local Walmart, but a police spokesman gave no further details about the incident.

Konigsberg was serving 20 to life for strangling Teamsters official Anthony (Three Fingers) Castellito with a Venetian blind cord, when parole officials sprung the ailing killer for humanitarian reasons. Konigsberg had been living with his daughter in a gated community in Weston, Fla, until he showed up at Westchester in the fall.

Konigsberg is suspected in up to 20 additional mob hits.

The facility's newsletter provided residents with only this information about him: "He worked for the family business of industrial wrecking of building sites. He enjoys reading in his spare time."

The newsletter did not mention Konigsberg, 88, was a ruthless enforcer for Abner (Longy) Zwillman, who was known as the "Al Capone of New Jersey."

'I don't want to be bothered,' Konigsberg told a reporter at the facility.

A spokesman for the Sunrise chain refused to say if they knew about Konigsberg's past when he was accepted as a $3,000-a-month resident.

"He's not always so nice, and loud sometimes, but it doesn't bother me,” said resident James Daly, 89.

Last week Konigsberg was sitting calmly in the Westchester lobby listening to a woman play the piano. Asked by a reporter why he was there, Konigsberg waved his hand.

"My daughter," he said shaking his head. "She did it."

Asked if anyone was giving him a hard time, Konigsberg smiled. "Nobody's gonna give me a hard time," he said. "Please, I'm 89 years old and I've had enough trouble now. I don't want to be bothered ... and you're only destroying me."

Doris Tucker, 88, said she had no idea about Konigsberg's bloody past. "He doesn't look like a mobster," she said. "He's just cranky."


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