I need to preface this. I think Bernie Madoff is scum-of-the-Earth. He deserves what he’s getting and them some. His family, who profited wildly from his crimes, should be left destitute.
OK–no sympathy from me.
Still, when I watched his lawyers walk him into the courthouse all I could think of was what it must be like to know you’re never going to be free again–ever. That has to be a paralysing fear. It’s probably why some cons say death is better than life. I suspect Madoff will grow used to his new surroundings and not wish for death.
I actually believe the first part of that.
But why did he start this in the first place? Who knows. There are some people who have dodged enough bullets to think they are bulletproof.
A lot of you know I am Jewish. I am embarrassed as a Jew for what Madoff did. I know it’s not my responsibility, but I am proud of the achievements of Jews. It’s only fair I feel some emotional pain for this, especially since it seems he played on his Jewishness in his business dealings. Bastard.
Though the tired old phrase says “Time heals all wounds,” “Time wounds all heels,” says it better.