Saturday, December 11, 2010

Is he Sorry Now? - Madoff's Son Commits Suicide

Bernie Madoff's eldest son, Mark hanged himself today. The suicide came two years to the day that his father was arrested.  Both of Madoff's sons have been investigated and many think that they had to have known what was going on with their father's ponzi scheme that bilked billions from people.  Even though it is the the two sons that turned him into authorities. 

Authorities said today that no charges were due to filed against the younger Madoff.  So, it is impossible to say what has caused him to go this far.  There was apparently a great deal of pressure on him:

Nikolay Reva, a 28-year-old salesman in the Prada boutique on same block, said that Mark and his wife would come in with their children to shop, both before and after the scandal broke two years ago.

Mark "was very sweet, respectful, friendly," said Reva. "But after his father's arrest, you could see the person diminishing slowly, you could see something started to happen physically, and he wasn't as talkative."
The younger Madoff apparently had sent some strange emails to his wife, who happened to be in Florida with their eldest child.  His wife was worried enough to contact a family member to check on him and he was found hanging from a dog leash.  His two year old son slept in the next room and was unharmed.  It is terrible that he would do something like that with his child in the house. 

The only thing that keeps going through my head is this when Bernie will have his "Come to Jesus" moment?  He has destroyed people's lives and his son is just the latest victim.  But, the biggest victims will be his two young grandchildren who will now grow up without their father. 
"Madoff has never shown any remorse Somehow, I don't see even this doing anything to affect this sociopath. 
This is a terrible and unnecessary tragedy," Madoff's lawyer, Martin Flumenbaum said in a written statement. "Mark was an innocent victim of his father's monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo."


Linda said...

I don't think the sons were innocent of their father's crime. Even the people who invested with Madoff should have known that the average investor isn't going to get the high return Madoff promised them. We all need to use our common sense, but as we all know, common sense is dead in America.

Just a conservative girl said...

Well, if they are guilty, they are not able to prove it in court. Otherwise, they would have been charged by now.

Opus #6 said...

I was saddened to hear this. How empty this young man's life must have been. It is not just the father's crime. What did the father FORGET to teach the young man growing up. Did he give long talks man-to-man about honor and courage? I doubt it. Did he see any wisdom in pushing through hard times especially if there are children to raise?

Sorry. Any parent of young children who commits suicide earns my ire. I'm sure this man was in unbelievable pain. That is the only reason to do it. But to throw that pain at his kids is selfish and heartless.

Poor babies. :-(

Just a conservative girl said...

I have some experience with mental health problems and I will tell you, that in many cases the person who does this honestly believes that the people around them will be better off without them. But, you are correct it is going to be very difficult for his two children. They are young enough that they won't remember any of this, so that is a blessing in some ways.

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