Monday 11 December 2017

Disgraced Madoff reveals extent of suffering

Tom Peck in Washington

In his first extensive interview since being jailed in 2008, the disgraced former financier Bernie Madoff has revealed he is receiving weekly therapy sessions.

In a series of telephone interviews from his detention centre in North Carolina, Madoff (72) has spoken of his turmoil over the suicide of his son, the deterioration of his relationship with his wife, of the life that he led and how his scheme snowballed out of his control. He also launched a controversial attack at critics who have branded him a monster.

"Let me tell you, I cried for well over two weeks," he said about hearing of the suicide of his son, Mark, a leading figure in his business and one of the many victims of his deception.

Madoff's suffering will come as scant consolation to his victims, though he refuses to accept the entire blame.

"Everyone was greedy," he said. "I just went along. There was complicity, in my view."

Of his wife, Ruth, he said: "We had a very luxurious life. But that was not what she was interested in. She would have been perfectly happy if I'd been a teacher. My wife. . . doesn't forgive me for what I did. But at least she understood. You know, I guess, they say for better or for worse. She stood by me." (© Independent News Service)

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