Stephanie Madoff Mack, the widow of Mark Madoff, defends her husband’s innocence and blames his 2010 suicide on her former father-in-law, convicted confidence man Bernard Madoff, in a memoir published yesterday.
“I never doubted Mark’s innocence for a single second,” Mack says in “The End of Normal: A Wife’s Anguish, a Widow’s New Life,” written with Tamara Jones. “He was a hero. But Mark was too engulfed in his own pain to feel any of that pride himself.”
Bernard Madoff, 73, was arrested and his firm forced into bankruptcy in December 2008. He pleaded guilty to running the biggest Ponzi scheme in history and is serving a 150-year sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina.
Mark Madoff hanged himself in the Manhattan apartment he shared with his wife and their children on Dec. 11, 2010, two years to the day after his father’s arrest. He was 46.
Mark Madoff Suicide Blamed For “My father has done something very bad”
Mack tells of her husband’s shock and anger after his father told him and Andrew on Dec. 10, 2008, “It’s all one big lie.” She tells of meeting a friend in the apartment that day to discuss plans for a nursery for the son she and Mark would soon have. Mark interrupted the meeting with a phone call.
“It’s my father. My father has done something very bad, and is probably going to jail for the rest of his life,” he told her, according to Mack.
Mark and Andrew Madoff immediately turned their father in to U.S. authorities and he was arrested the next day, Mack writes.
Mack was in Florida, at Disney World with their daughter, when Mark Madoff died. He had hung himself from a steel beam in their apartment, using their dog’s leash as a noose. Their 2- year-old son was asleep in the nursery.
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