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Ruth Madoff Shunned at Son’s Memorial


When Mark Madoff, son of disgraced Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff, killed himself in December, his mother Ruth traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut for the memorial service, but was not allowed in by Mark’s widow Stephanie, according to a report by People appearing in today’s New York Post. Instead, Ruth sat shiva alone, telling a friend, “At night, it gets to me — the shame, the disgrace, all the stuff that killed Mark.”

More from the Post:

When Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme collapsed, Mark and his brother, Andrew, warned their mother: It’s him or us.

Ruth, 69, chose her cherished sons, the source said — until Bernie Madoff was beaten in prison in 2009. She returned to the 72-year-old swindler’s side, infuriating the two sons, who cut her out of their lives.

Ruth is now living in Florida, coloring her hair red and using her maiden name, “venturing out to rent dollar DVDs or visit the public library.” In many ways, another victim.

Mark Madoff’s widow turned away Ruth at memorial service [NYP via Daily Intel]

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