Madoff Daughter-In-Law: I Will Tell My Young Children Their Grandfather Was Evil

Stephanie Madoff Mack Speaks Of Husband Mark's Suicide In People Magazine

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bernie Madoff’s daughter-in-law is sharing her husband’s heartbreak in the months leading up to his suicide.

Stephanie Mack (formerly Madoff Mack) said that during the final months before her husband, Mark Madoff, killed himself he was in agony over what his father had done, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery reports.

Mack said her husband was distraught over the $64 billion Ponzi scheme, to which Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty.

The daughter-in-law writes:

“Mark obsessively followed every scrap of news about the Madoff scandal. Every single picture of Bernie came down in our home. One day I came across Mark cleaning out a closet… ‘What are you doing?’ I asked, pulling a suede jacket I loved out of the garbage bag he was filling. ‘My father gave it to me,’ he answered grimly, stuffing it back in the bag.”

In the book excerpts, published in this week’s People magazine, Mack said she will tell her two children that their grandfather was evil.

“I will tell them what he did to so many innocent people, and how he drove their father to his death when they are mature enough to understand such horrors.”

Mack’s husband hanged himself in December 2010 inside their SoHo apartment while their 2-year-old son, Nicholas, slept nearby.

At the time, Mark Madoff had left a note that read, “Bernie: Now you know you have destroyed the lives of your sons by your life of deceit. F–k you.”

As for Bernie’s wife Ruth, Mack said: “I do still think of Ruth often…I don’t regret my decision to honor Mark’s wishes and cut her off, but I wonder if I will ever face her again. My heart softens and hardens.”

Bernie Madoff, now 73, is in a federal prison for 150 years.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • wow

    This woman is a joke and she should have stayed in hiding. Does she really think she is going to garner any sympathy from the general public? She and Ruth should just be happy they’re not sitting in a federal prison right now. If there last name had been Perez instead of Madoff, they would be. Even if she had no hand in the actual scheme, she reaped the benefits and that alone is a crime.. Go crawl back under your rock you thief and I hope no one buys that rag your pushing..

    • Meme Meyagi

      you are perez and yet you are not in jail. what gives?

  • Thurston Howell lll

    As if junior wasn’t complicit. Puh-leeze.

  • Meme Meyagi

    what a fkn white trash. it was all good when money was rolling in, but now she thinks madoff is evil? if her dumb suicidal husband didn’t turn in his own father, the money would have been coming in to this day.

  • Zed

    Ya no child should be told about what their grandfather did besides those kids have grandpas chromosomes and genotype, telling them might just bring back another corn-man and suicide is nothing good

  • Dr meh

    The only mad off with a conscience killed himself. R.I.P.
    She’s just mad she has to schleep it now that the gravy train stopped running.

  • SK

    Did Stephanie Madoff/Mack give back the money her husband’s family stole from unwitting investors, or is she still living on it? Until she gives back the ill-gotten gains I have no sympathy for her.

  • Huh

    Why did he want to “cut” is mother off if she was “innocent”?

  • Sophie

    No child should be told their grandparents are evil.

    • Tito

      Why not. Should you lie to children?

      • textbandit

        She profit from the money and I’m sure she knew how she got the money. Is she going to tell her kids she live off that money and didn’t pay a cent of it back? If you going to tell one thing tell it all

  • fcuk bloomberg

    Yea now a bad man but went you where driving around in your range rover and private jets he was a good man @ss hole.

  • Big Nards

    She is lucky she and the kids were not home when her husband decided to check out.

    • Scott

      She was away on a mini vacation with herself and the kids at a time in Marks life he probably really needed her. So yeah, your right, lucky for “HER” she wasn’t home, not so lucky for her husband.

      • NJ ????

        the story says the 2 yr old was sleeping near by???

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