Who'd a thunk? Disgraced Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is fitting in
quite nicely at his medium-security prison in Maryland. New York
Magazine's Steve Fishman
interviewed dozens of current
and former inmates to paint a fascinating picture of the 71-year-old:
was a celebrity, even if his admirers were now murderers and sex
offenders... Prisoners crowded Madoff seeking investment advice—missing
the fact that Madoff, being a con man, hadn’t invested for years. Other
convicts saw in him a fellow entrepreneur, ignoring the obvious fact
that his scheme wasn’t a business at all, just smoke and mirrors. But
Madoff had amassed the symbols of success, and for criminals, that
counts. They are an ambitious, if not always perceptive, lot.
lengthy profile, which is well worth reading, also reveals a criminal
mind with no remorse for his many victims. Here's how the blogs are
reacting to Madoff's second life:
- Get Comfortable, Bernie, writes Dan Fletcher at Time: "Above all
else, Madoff — who fleeced victims to the tune of at least $65 billion —
largely comes across as unrepentant for his crimes. 'F*** my victims,'
an inmate quotes Madoff as saying. 'I carried them for twenty years, and
now I’m doing 150 years.' For Madoff’s sake, it’s a good thing he’s
adapted so well — the 72-year-old stands virtually no chance of ever
- This Will Keep the Madoff Rage Alive, writes Joe Coscarelli at The Village Voice: "For anyone who
thought New Yorkers' ire for Bernie would fade, this profile, despite
its humanizing moments, will fail to elicit sympathy. Public opinion
will be the same as it's been for most, only now, in addition to crimes
that are unforgivable, there are words that are unforgettable."
- He's Living Large, writes Jeff Neumann at Gawker: "Madoff is a
rock star in prison, and as one former prisoner said, 'Everybody was
trying to kiss his ass.' Life on the inside clearly hasn't softened old
- This Is What Happens When You Throw an Old Criminal
in Jail, writes Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft: "What did anyone
expect? That he'd be understanding about his life sentence? If
repentance was the goal, he should have been sentenced to a decade. At
his age, a ten year sentence is practically a life sentence, it would be
long enough to for him to have plenty of time to reflect on why he was
there and miss the things he cares about, yet it would have also
provided him a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. If he had been
shown the slightest compassion, perhaps he'd be able to feel remorse.
Instead, all he can feel is bitterness."
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