Madoff's 'Prison Hell' Not So Hellish

But he is in the doghouse with Ruth
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 10:11 AM CDT
In this April 6, 2009 file photo, Ruth Madoff is escorted by private security as she leaves the Metropolitan Correctional Center after visiting her husband Bernard Madoff in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – 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.”