Published June 06, 2010
Bernie Madoff has become a folk hero to most of his fellow inmates -- but when one inmate lashed out at the disgraced Ponzi schemer for his $65 billion theft, Madoff barked: "F--- my victims. I carried them for 20 years, and now I'm doing 150 years," New York magazine reports in its issue on sale Monday.
When another convict told Madoff, 71, that stealing from old ladies was "kind of f---ed up," Madoff coolly replied, "Well, that's what I did."
Another former convict told the magazine that Madoff once said he could spin a globe, put his finger anywhere on it, "and chances are he had a house there or he'd been there."
Yet another prisoner recalled watching a "60 Minutes" segment about Madoff with Madoff, and remarking, admiringly, that he'd bilked his clients for millions.
Madoff corrected him: "No, billions."
His massive scheme has some inmates virtually worshipping him as a criminal legend who ultimately wound up a success, according to their twisted worldview.
"If I'd lived that well for 70 years, I wouldn't care that I ended up in prison," one said.
He has since made 14 cents an hour sweeping the commissary floor of the federal pen in Butner, NC.