From everything I've read on the subject, his client base incorporated all strata of society. The mega rich. The super rich. The very rich. And the good old-fashioned just plain rich.
So I can't really empathise with Madoff's client list of distraught millionaires, multi-millionaires and billionaires. Anyone in that league should be smart enough to know that you don't put all your financial eggs in one basket. Hell, I'm no Wall Street wizard - but even I've heard of the old saying 'if it looks to good to be true, it probably is.'
Well, quite. And the thing that absolutely gripped my shit was the judge—who, judging by the way that he played to the gallery on this, obviously fancies being a Hollywood star—described Madoff's crimes as "extraordinarily evil".
What. The. Fuck?
I think that I shall let Juliette explain why that is such a fucking stupid thing to say...
Furthermore, anyone who says Madoff''s pure evil and deserves his absurd 150-year sentence frankly needs to get a grip.
Because there's no shortage of real pure evil in this world of ours.
Here's an obscure story to think about. This is pure evil. Not a single person involved got more than eight years.
Here's a rather less obscure story to think about. This is also pure evil. And everyone involved could be out in ten years.
If you genuinely believe that ripping off some spoilt, rich, greedy fuckers who should have known a hell of a lot better is more evil than torturing a five-year-old child to death, you seriously need to sort out your fucking priorities.
But it's awfully reassuring that Madoff's down for the full 150 years, and he'll never be free in his lifetime. Because, let's face it, this man is one hell of a scary figure. And now, when you're next in bed on your own and hear shattering glass downstairs, you can rest assured that - whoever just broke your kitchen window—it's not a frail 71-year-old con merchant with too many houses.
If you're lucky, maybe it'll just be these guys.
I couldn't have put it better myself.
Don't get me wrong: what Madoff did was bad, but "extraordinarily evil"? Fuck off, Judge Denny Chin: fuck off to Hollywood and get yourself a part in a fucking shit melodrama, you twat.
Or, at the very least, why don't you go out and buy yourself a Fucking Sense of Proportion? Apparently they are giving them away absolutely free when you buy yourself a Fucking Cluebat...