Bernie Madoff I Feel Safer In Prison
October 27, 2011 by staff
In a jailhouse interview with Barbara Walters ABC News, the scammer says he can handle the wrath of their victims, but dealing with the pain he has inflicted on his wife and the suicide of his son is intolerable.
“Not seeing my family and know that I hate” the worst thing about being in prison, said in an interview of two hours, in North Carolina.
“I betrayed them.”
Madoff, who was sentenced to 150 years in prison for orchestrating a fraud of 65 billion and investment, had an emotional reunion with his wife after his son, Mark, committed suicide last December.
Ruth Madoff asked her husband of 52 years to “let go”, and the couple has not been in touch ever since.
“Ruth does not communicate is the most difficult,” said Madoff.
“Ruth does not hate me. She has no one. It is not fair to her. She lost her first child. … She is a devoted wife and not worry about money.”
The widow of Mark Madoff, Madoff Stephanie Mack, also said “spit in his face” if he saw his father in law once again, according to ABC News.
The interview took place at the Federal Correction Complex in Butler, North Carolina, on 14 October.
Madoff, 73, said he is relieved not to live in fear and spends much of his time to reading.
He has also worked at least six different jobs behind bars, and earn 170 a month.
“I deserved to be punished. He deserved to go to jail,” he said.
“I feel safer here than outside,” he said.
“The days pass. I have to talk to people and the decisions not to do. … I know I will die in prison. I lived the last 20 years of my life in fear.
“Now I have no fear -. Nothing to think because I’m not in control of my own life”
Madoff has less remorse for the pain he has inflicted on investors, many of whom saw their savings disappear after trust Madoff with their money.
“I understand why customers hate me,” he said. “The gravy train over. I can live with that.
“The average person thinks that robbed widows and orphans,” he said.
“I made the rich richer.”
Madoff has been on suicide watch, but admits having “courage” to kill themselves.
On Christmas Eve 2008, also claims that Ruth Madoff did it and a failed attempt to kill himself by overdosing on pills.
“I took what I had, took over,” he says in an interview on CBS News “60 Minutes”.
Asked what he would say to their grandchildren, Madoff told Barbara Walters: “I regret having caused pain.”
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