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Inside Look At Bernard Madoff’s Life Behind Bars

“From the day Bernard Lawrence Madoff, prisoner No. 61727-054, arrived at the softer of Butner, North Carolina’s two medium-security facilities in handcuffs and shackles, his over-the-collar hair shorn close, his rich man’s paunch diminished, he was a celebrity, even if his admirers were now murderers and sex offenders.

Yet even in this crowd, Madoff stands out. Every inmate remembers the day he arrived. “It was like the president was visiting,” a visitor to Butner that day told me. News helicopters buzzed overhead, and the administration locked down part of the prison, confining some inmates to their units, while an aging con man with high blood pressure shuffled through processing, where other inmates fitted him for a uniform and offered a brief orientation: “Man, chill out and go with the flow, ” was the advice of one former drug dealer.

Quickly, the flow came to Madoff. From the moment he alighted, he had “groupies,” according to several inmates.”

(“F*** my victims,” Madoff is reported to have said to fellow prisoners.)

Read more the New York Magazine’s profile of Bernard Madoff’s new life behind bars. 

HT: Steve Bartin

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