Breaking Silence

Madoff Looking 'Buff'

Who knew that prison would look good on Bernie Madoff? The “buff-looking” Ponzi schemer gave his first interview since being sentenced to 150 years in a North Carolina prison on Tuesday, speaking candidly with a pair of San Francisco lawyers about his life outside the law. “There were several times that I met with the SEC and thought ‘they got me,’” Madoff told Joseph Cotchett in the four-and-a-half-hour interview. Madoff agreed to sit down with the pair after they threatened to sue his wife, Ruth Madoff: “He cares about Ruth,” Cotchett said. “But he doesn’t give a [expletive] about his two sons, Mark and Andrew,” whom Cotchett also threatened to sue. According to the lawyer, Madoff was “very articulate, very direct” and spoke openly without holding back.