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Do You Feel Sorry For Bernard Madoff's Wife Ruth?

Do You Feel Sorry For Bernard Madoff's Wife Ruth?

The Pierre Michel salon in New York City will no longer give Ruth Madoff her regular foil highlights in Soft Baby Blonde. Her florist has stopped providing her with her favored lismachia, Queen Anne's lace, and thistles flower arrangement. Even her two sons have taken to referring to her as Ruth rather than as Mom. Ouch.

Apparently, it sucks to be the wife of the perpetrator of the largest Ponzi scheme in American history (well, except for the still being incredibly wealthy part). Her husband, Bernard Madoff, is accused of bilking investors (including Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel and his foundation) of up to $65 billion. She claims she knew nothing of his scam; skeptics ask how, as his wife of 49 years and the director of his firm, she could not have been complicit?

"She's perceived as the succubus to Bernie's incubus," says a University of Chicago cultural anthropologist. "She was inside a circle of people whose wealth has been sucked out of the system."

So how do you feel? Do you feel sorry for the wife of this criminal?


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CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
unfortunately when you associate with criminals you tend to get treated like one as well. its hard to imagine that she was unaware of her husbands wrongdoing. i don't recall ignorance as a good defence. highlight and flowers, please!?
sloane220 sloane220 8 years
i don't feel sorry for a woman can't get her highlights when her husband stole people's retirement savings. and she can't get her flowers anymore? what about about people living in a recession wall street jackasses like her husband helped bring about who can't get jobs and have lost their houses. i hope they find hard evidence on her because she had to know something.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
She had to know something. She is an intelligent woman, and director of the firm. Sometimes people don't want to know all the details, so they can claim they didn't know. If she didn't know, I could feel for her, but denial is a powerful thing.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
I loved the NY Times article on this - OMG she can't get her hair done! Noone will send her flowers! ARGH HOW AWFUL!! I have read so much about this than I care to, Vanity Fair, Tatler and the NY Times seem to have written about it for the past three months. Yet I really don't know anything for sure, except that Maddoff has the best name ever for a Ponzi scheme. And he's a douche.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
She knew nothing? she knew to go in and remove 15 million from their account before he got caught
bgorgeouss bgorgeouss 8 years
I don't feel bad for her not being able to get her highlights (ha!), but I don't think we should assume she was in on it. Innocent until proven guilty!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Please, there is no way in heck that she didn't't she withdrew 15 million the day before he got arrested!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
If it turns out she really didn't know, then yes, I do feel sorry for her. I'm still skeptical, but as spacekat said - innocent until proven guilty.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
I read the list of the people/groups, and estates these people pilfered. The majority were Jewish groups and family estates...heartless!!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
No, she knew. Period. The days of pleading ignorance are gone.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I wish there's another option. I don't feel sorry for her at all (, I feel sorry for the victims until she was brought to court and indicted, I have to reserve opinion that she's 'guilty' (yeah, huge believer in innocent until proven guilty over here--naive I know).
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
she withdrew $15 million the day before he got arrested. no way she didn't know.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
* Just wanted to mention that any rudeness to my comment was not directed at anyone. When I typed the post, no one had commented yet.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Please, unless she is a 100% ignorant human being, of course she knew/was a part of the crime being committed. I do not feel sorry for her. Poor thing cannot get her highlights... the one(s) I feel sorry for are the victims of Madoff's crime; those losing their homes, have empty bank accounts and feel despair.
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