Lady MacMadoff is out with a statement of apology, having broken her silence on account of the fact that, weirdly, people have interpreted it as "indifference" or "a lack of sympathy." That could not be further from the truth! She cares, she cares deeply! Also something that could not be further from the truth is the suspicion she's suddenly full of sorry's after it's become apparent there's a chance she might get in some trubs for a possible role in the whole scam. Or the matter of no one wanting to rent her an apartment and the fact that girlfriend needing a place to stay a-sap. And a good dye-job. And some flowers. And some friends. And some accomplices to come with when she eggs sons Andy and Mark's houses. None of these needs are the reason she's opening up. None of them!
Getting down to brass tacks, Ruth's had two thoughts since the guy who ruined her life confessed: first, that a bunch of people would be negatively affected and second, that the life she'd known with her husband for 50 years was "over." Boom. Roasted. Anyway, Bernie? Fuck that guy. Really. Still really can't even believe how badly he screwed me err-- I mean us. We're in this together, people. I think I've made a pretty good start ingratiating myself to you with this letter but I realize you'll probably want more so please use this as a forum to let me know how I can help. Would some dish on Little Bernie, and his shortcomings help?
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.
From the moment I learned from my husband that he had committed an enormous fraud, I have had two thoughts -- first, that so many people who trusted him would be ruined financially and emotionally, and second, that my life with the man I have known for over 50 years was over. Many of my husband's investors were my close friends and family. And in the days since December, I have read, with immense pain, the wrenching stories of people whose life savings have evaporated because of his crime.
My husband was the one we (and I include myself) respected and trusted with our lives and our livelihoods, often for many, many years, and who was respected in the securities industry as well. Then there is the other man who stunned us all with his confession and is responsible for this terrible situation in which so many now find themselves.
Lives have been upended and futures have been taken away. All those touched by this fraud feel betrayed; disbelieving the nightmare they woke to. I am embarrassed and ashamed. Like everyone else, I feel betrayed and confused. The man who committed this horrible fraud is not the man whom I have known for all these years.
In the end, to say that I feel devastated for the many whom my husband has destroyed is truly inadequate. Nothing I can say seems sufficient regarding the daily suffering that all those innocent people are enduring because of my husband. But if it matters to them at all, please know that not a day goes by when I don't ache over the stories that I have heard and read.