Ruth Madoff alone in her Manhattan duplex penthouse on June 26, the day she struck a deal with prosecutors to keep .5 million. “I am breaking my silence now, because my reluctance to speak has been interpreted as indifference or lack of sympathy for the victims of my husband Bernie’s crime, which is exactly the opposite of the truth,” it began.
Bloomberg's Erik Larson reported that a US bankruptcy court in New York ruled against a trustee working to retrieve money for victims of Bernie Madoff's fraudulent activities.Mark’s widow, Stephanie Madoff Mack, also blamed Bernie for her hubby’s suicide.On the second anniversary of his father’s arrest, he hanged himself with a dog leash inside a Soho loft as their 2-year-old son slept in another room.Mack wrote in her 2011 memoir, “The End of Normal,” that Mark was “engulfed” by torment over his dad’s crimes and that Mark wrote him a note during a previous attempt to kill himself.“Bernie: Now you know how you have destroyed the lives of your sons by your life of deceit. At least three other deaths have also been blamed on Madoff’s fraud, including suicides by two burned investors.
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