“Why would he?” she said.
After she arrived in Granada, Alliegro briefly opened a hair salon on La Libertad street with her maid. She appeared to open a new one, Euro Salon and Spa — which also advertises itself as a hostel — at her new house on Saturday.
From the outside, the house appears far more comfortable than her previous digs.
For months, Alliegro lived behind blue double doors in a dreary room with jalousie windows that opened to a cramped courtyard shared with The Pulsera Project, a non-profit that promotes crafts made by young Nicaraguans who sometimes spend the night in the workshop. They recently painted the façade neon green.
Two members of the non-profit, José Antonio Calero Dixon and Marcos Antonio Cajina González, said Alliegro was a combative neighbor who stayed up all night, rarely went outside and had most of her meals — and Coca-Colas by the dozen — delivered or picked up by Ruiz. The scent of marijuana wafted from Alliegro’s room on occasion, they said.
“She seemed crazy, that woman,” Calero said in Spanish.
Her windows were always closed, he added, though the neighbors could frequently hear her loud and often vulgar conversations.
“Just f---, f---, f---,” Calero said, repeating the curse word in English.
Alliegro and Ruiz, her maid, said it was the members of the non-profit who smoked pot and kept them up.
“They made noise all day and night,” Alliegro said. “It was affecting my nerves.”
Alliegro dismissed the accounts of two people who said she terrorized an ex-lover she accused of sexually assaulting her by shattering two windows on one of his cars and trying to set fire to the windshield of the second one. A watchman at Granada’s main square told The Herald he witnessed the incidents, both in the middle of the night. The incident has become a subject of discussion in the small town, where several other people told The Herald they had heard about it.
“Those are gossip mongers,” Alliegro said, calling the owner of the cars an “associate” but later saying, “He was never anything of mine.”
No charges were filed over the car incidents, and the sexual assault charges appear to have been dropped, the locals said.
Alliegro has had past brushes with the law. She spent a weekend in jail last year after Miami police arrested her on an old warrant for driving with a suspended license. In 2009, she was arrested for shoplifting a pair of sandals.
And in 2007, she was arrested in a dispute with ex-husband Moshe Cosicher in which she allegedly sat naked at a desk with her leg up, compared a gun she was holding to a penis and fired at him, though she missed.
Alliegro, a single mother, said she came to Granada to keep reporters from staking out her family in Miami.
“It was cheap,” she said, adding that she intends to return home at some unspecified point.
The people who tell stories about her life in Granada, Alliegro insisted, are lying.
Why would they do that?
Because they know her past, she said: “People can Google me.”
Miami Herald political writer Marc Caputo contributed to this report from Miami, and special correspondent Tim Rogers contributed from Nicaragua.