How Should Madoff Pay?
One victim wants him to live long and suffer
Letters from 113 of Bernard Madoff’s victims were submitted to the court yesterday, in preparation for his scheduled sentencing, on June 29. Federal sentencing guidelines say he faces up to 150 years in prison for his crimes, and most asked for just that. But a few were more creative. In March, the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel (who was not among yesterday’s letter-writers) told an audience in New York how he would punish the swindler: “I would like him to be in a solitary cell with a screen, and on that screen, for at least five years of his life, every day and every night there should be pictures of his victims, one after the other after the other, always saying, ‘Look, look what you have done to this poor lady, look what you have done to this child, look what you have done.” At least one victim in yesterday’s batch showed similar ingenuity. “Bernie deserves a longevity pill—not death—so he can watch each generation suffer and watch what he did,” wrote Jackie Stone, who said her parents, in their late 60s, had been bankrupted. “Please don’t give this man anything.”