Monday, June 7, 2010

[Video] What's Bernie Madoff Up To?

A quite compelling piece in this weekend's New York Magazine on the current lifestyle of one Bernie Madoff.  The title is: Bernie Madoff, Free at Last with the byline "In prison he does not have to hide his lack of conscience.  In fact, he's a hero for it".  I've also attached a video below for those who want the Cliff Notes version of the article (email readers will need to come to site to view)
  • Madoff, told a fellow inmante, "F--- my victims. I carried them for twenty years, and now I'm doing 150 years."
  •  For Bernie Madoff, living a lie had once been a full-time job, which carried with it a constant, nagging anxiety. “It was a nightmare for me,” he told investigators, using the word over and over, as if he were the real victim. “I wish they caught me six years ago, eight years ago,” he said in a little-noticed interview with them.
  • He was past apologizing. In prison, he crafted his own version of events. From MCC, Madoff explained the trap he was in. "People just kept throwing money at me," Madoff related to a prison consultant who advised him on how to endure prison life. "Some guy wanted to invest, and if I said no, the guy said, 'What, I'm not good enough?' " One day, Shannon Hay, a drug dealer who lived in the same unit in Butner as Madoff, asked about his crimes. "He told me his side. He took money off of people who were rich and greedy and wanted more," says Hay, who was released in December. People, in other words, who deserved it. 
  • There is, as it happens, honor among thieves, a fact that worked mostly to Madoff’s benefit. In the context of prison, he isn’t a cancer on society; he’s a success, admired for his vast accomplishments. “A hero,” wrote Robert Rosso, a lifer, on a website he managed to found called convictinc .com. “He’s arguably the greatest con of all time.”

(Weekend at) Bernie video - 5 minutes

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