Oct 13, 2009

Bernie Madoff: feisty Butner Prison inmate

A World Newser blog entry (second link below) titled The Scrapper in the Slammer reports a prison fight involving another inmate.

The New York Post reports (first link below):

Bernie "The Bruiser" Madoff got into a prison-yard tussle with a fellow inmate over -- of all things -- the stock market, eyewitnesses told The Post.

And, by inmates' accounts, the 71-year-old Ponzi schemer came out the winner.

Madoff (pictured), serving 150 years at the Butner, NC, federal prison, was heard last week getting into a heated debate over the state of the market with another senior-citizen jailbird.

The shouting match got so heated that the inmate pushed Madoff, who shoved back harder with both hands, causing his attacker to stumble.

As the attacker tried to stand up straight, Madoff hovered over him red-faced and glaring, eyewitnesses said.

This was the first known physical altercation at the slammer for Madoff who paid a consultant for a crash course in prison culture and survival tips before he was locked up.

The consultant told Madoff “It’s a matter of keeping your space and having respect for other people.”

“Bring some meaning to your life” he told Madoff. Become a teacher to other inmates. Just kinda sit around the prison campfire and sing Kumbaya.

Yelling and shoving another inmate isn’t exactly sitting around the prison campfire singing Kumbaya.

Link here and here.