A “distraught” Bernie Madoff “looked like someone had shot him” after he heard the news that his son Mark had committed suicide last Saturday, a very recent inmate at Madoff’s prison has already told the Post. Madoff was sobbing and went into “a self-imposed exile for two days,” the inmate said. The Ponzi schemer has friends in prison — “the guys he walks along an outside track with and plays boccie with” — who offered sympathy. Ruth has reportedly not visited Bernie since hearing the news, which Bernie believes is “because of [her] fears that the media is at the prison.” [NYP]
“I want to say at once that this would be a catastrophe for the region” that may stoke “a surge in violence and perhaps an increase in the number of refugees,” he said during his annual televised call-in show.