Schadenfreude-starved followers of the Palm Beach pirate may be delighted to hear this, from an inmate at Madoff's prison in Butner, North Carolina, courtesy the New York Post:
"Some of the guys were talking about smacking him around a little, just to get the notoriety of it."
But don't get your hopes up, haters. Remember that a prison is full of villains, a demographic that forms its opinion of newcomers based on how they treated other villains. By this perverse standard, Madoff deserves the Nobel Prize:
"He got a lot of respect from other inmates because he didn't tell on anybody, he didn't take everybody down with him," the source said.
"Some of the inmates admired that."
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Not that you have to be in prison to admire this trait. A few other locals who give Madoff an approving wink of the eye: Michael Bienes and Frank Avellino, who hunted for Madoff investors from a Broward and Palm Beach County base. Same for Carl Shapiro and Robert Jaffe, the old tycoon and his son-in-law who are having their lives' most stressful summer in Massachusetts, hoping to hell they can make it to their Palm Beach digs this winter, indictment-free.