The New York Post got a little excited on today's front page, promising a look "Inside Madoff’s Prison Hell." But that turns out to be a bit of wishful thinking: “Some of the guys were talking about smacking him around a little, just to get the notoriety of it,” says a source, but no beatdown actually occurred—and in fact, the Post reports, “he got a lot of respect from other inmates” for not being a snitch.
It seems Madoff has been performing his job—engraving nameplates—eating cafeteria food, and hanging out with other inmates cheerfully. “He’s a really good guy, he’s nice,” the source says. The only thing fraudster-turned-lifer complained about was that his hair, which he hadn't seen for months, since he had no access to a mirror, was looking wild. And he bemoaned the fact, teary-eyed, “that his wife was mad at him because the paparazzi won't leave her alone.”