One of the truly amazing aspects of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme is that throughout it all, Bernie maintained a smirk on his face. The almost perfect psychopath, Bernie felt no sympathy for his victims, even those who committed suicide upon discovering that a life’s savings were gone.
In an article dated today, but written yesterday, The Wall Street Journal profiled how Bernie’s scheme has affected his family and business associates. As to eldest son Mark, the Journal wrote:
Mark Madoff, 46 years old, lives in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood with his wife, Stephanie, who changed her last name from Madoff to Morgan after Bernard Madoff’s arrest. The couple bought a $6.5 million home in Nantucket, Mass in mid-2008. It’s currently for sale, according to a person familiar with the sons’ finances.
“Mark remains unalterably bitter about his father’s deception and the injury his father has caused,” said a spokeswoman for the two men.
Sometime overnight Mark committed suicide, hanging himself in the bathroom of his apartment.
I take no joy in Bernie’s destruction of his own family, even though Bernie seemed to take a quiet pleasure in the destruction of other families.
But I do wonder if Bernie will finally stop smirking, and if so, if it will be only because Bernie feels sorry for himself.