If I were Bernie Madoff’s child, I might have killed myself, too, just to disassociate myself with the name, no less the man. An awful thing to say, perhaps, but this creep Madoff (who called himself a father, husband, friend, adviser) gets my vote as one of the most despicable people on the face of the earth. Now he’s telling us, from jail, that he wasn’t the only one responsible for his Ponzi scheme. Madoff points his crooked finger at the “willful blindness” of the banks and hedge funds that, he claims, failed to investigate disparities between his regulatory filings and other information available to them, according to an interview with him in The New York Times. “They had to know,” he said. “But the attitude was sort of, ‘If you’re doing something wrong, we don’t want to know,’” he said.
At the same time, malicious Madoff claims his family knew nothing of his scheme. Now, I ask all of you, my smart FOF friends, how is it that his family knew nothing while the banks were “willfully blind?” His sons worked with him, for goodness sake. They had vacations, dinners and meetings with him. Did they not think it odd that their father’s investments were returning far more than investors who were far smarter? Did they not ask him one single question?
I am not suggesting that the banks and hedge funds acted completely responsibly. I just wish Madoff would shut up and that the media would stop paying attention to him. Doesn’t anyone understand that all he’s lived for is getting attention? Being ignored would be his greatest punishment. He should sit in jail and think of the life he took from his son. He is hideous.
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I don’t know if people with Madoff’s kind of personality ever feel responsible.
I’m sad about his son’s suicide. My sister killed herself, Geri, so to read “I might have killed myself too” disturbs me. We continue to live with the shadow that suicide casts on a family and I can guess what his wife and children will have to bear. What you wrote is not necessarily “an awful thing to say”, but perhaps written without considering how suicide affects those left behind.
Kate Line Snider says:
Rather than commit suicide, I think I’d just change my name to “Oscar Wilde”.
Toby Wollin says:
Geri – there are some people in this world who in their delusion, believe that they are the sun and that everything and everyone revolves around THEM. But in reality, they are not the sun – they are black holes who suck the life out of everyone who even comes close to them. Madoff conveniently forgets that he created a reputation, a second persona if you will, as a straight shooter, someone with the highest levels of probity. He served on industry committees on ethics for heaven’s sake. he was seen as the expert. it was a clever ruse and produced its desired effect – ‘nothing to see here..move along.’ Now that he’s sitting there in his cell, now he can whine. He doesn’t realize that he’s really lost everything of value in his life.