Bernie Madoff Son Hangs Himself

Mark Madoff had been left 'unalterably bitter' by sins of the father
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2010 8:25 AM CST

(Newser) – The 46-year-old son of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff has been found hanging in an apparent suicide in his SoHo apartment, reports the New York Post. Mark Madoff, who sources recently told the Wall Street Journal was left "unalterably bitter" by his father's crimes, hadn't faced criminal charges to date, but was sued this week along with brother Andrew by the trustee tasked with recovering assets for the elder Madoff's scheme.

He was found this morning by his father-in-law on the two-year anniversary of his dad's arrest, hanging by a leather dog leash; sources say there was no note. Before his death, he and his wife, who was in Florida, exchanged emails in which he suggested he was going to kill himself and that she should send someone to get their 2-year-old son. Alarmed, she got her father to go over to the apartment, where he found the body. The boy was in a nearby room sleeping.
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