Mistress: Madoff Was Pot-Smoking Don Juan

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2009 6:32 AM CDT
Bernard Madoff arrives at Manhattan federal court in New York, March 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, file)
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(Newser) – "When we made love, I was on fire"—that is the frank admission by Bernie Madoff's married mistress in a new tell-all book about their years-long affair. Sheryl Weinstein, who worked for a Jewish women's group and lost her life savings with Ponzi schemer, reveals that she and Madoff smoked marijuana during their hotel-room trysts in New York and Washington. She also coldly notes that "this man was not well-endowed."

Weinstein and her friends nicknamed Madoff "Winky Dink" because of his habit of frantically blinking whenever she was around. They broke off their affair in the mid-'90s, but they remained friends and she often called to thank him for managing her money—until 2008, when she discovered it had disappeared. Whatever affection Weinstein once had is certainly gone; at the trial, she called him "that terror, that monster, that horror, that beast."