Friday, October 21, 2011

Madoff in Prison

There's nothing like a riff by Bess Levin to liven up a dreary Friday afternoon.

Today Levin, the editor of Dealbreaker, sinks her incisors into Bernard Madoff, in particular, into his experience of prison life. It surely a meaty topic.

In Levin’s words: “Maybe, you thought, Bernie Madoff wouldn’t like prison. Maybe, you thought, after a life of luxury, living in an 8X10 would cramp his style. Maybe, you thought, that he’d have trouble earning between 14 cents an hour sweeping the floors, after spending several decades ‘earning’ millions making fake trades. Maybe, you thought, he wouldn’t take to an environment wherein taking your pants off means open season on your ass, after coming from a work environment where nobody blinked an eye when he regularly ‘dropped his trou in the office to ensure that the line of his shirt buttons was precisely vertical,’ without the slightest threat of attack. Maybe, you thought, he’d be home sick. Maybe, you thought, he wouldn’t make any friends. Maybe, you thought, he wouldn’t get picked by any fraternities during rush. Well, you couldn’t be any more wrong. Not only is Berns quickly adjusting and joining all sorts of groups, but he’s having the time of his life.”

Levin goes on to quote the relevant documentary evidence:  “’They call me either Uncle Bernie or Mr. Madoff,’ Bernie wrote his daughter-in-law — who had written him, expecting to hear about his suffering. Instead, Madoff told her: ‘I can’t walk anywhere without someone shouting their greetings and encouragement, to keep my spirit up. It’s really quite sweet, how concerned everyone is about my well-being, including the staff…Madoff told her he was ‘pumping iron, and had plenty of recreational classes to choose from.’ He compared prison to a college campus, with 'lovely lawns and trees' and said other inmates treat him with respect and admiration.”

For the record, the daughter-in-law in question was married to Madoff’s son, Mark. You remember, Mark Madoff. Overwhelmed by the horror of what his father had done, he hung himself from the rafters of his Soho loft.

1 comment:

Dennis said...

Why would anyone who thinks about this for a second be surprised? Here you have an individual who pulled the ultimate con that was accomplished so exquisitely that he almost got away with it.
Madoff is a font of information and can impart all kinds of knowledge to those who might want to up their game.
Look to see that Madoff develops a whole cadre of friends that can be of mutual advantage to both parties both in and outside of prison. Bernie may have the last laugh especially if he wants to do real damage to the system that prosecuted him. it would make a rather interesting book.