Why did Bernie plead guilty without any plea bargaining -- that is, cop to everything and earn life in prison?
Possibly because he's guilty, truly guilty, falling-down full-of-remorse guilty. But this Paul on the road to Damascus bit would seem to be a rather sudden conversion after decades of conducting a methodical scam that must have become second nature -- the sweetest sort of hobby.
Or Bernie Madoff has something else up his sleeve. Could it be he's willing to go to jail for the rest of his life because... he's hidden the dough? And he's confident that if he stays mum nobody will find it? How much would you need to be paid to spend your old age in a cell? $1 billion? Naw.
$10 billion? Hmm. Or, something further off the scales -- one of the world's biggest fortunes? Even though you'll never see a penny of it? But just because you want the fortune -- world's greatest hidden fortune. You can't bear to part with all this money you've obsessively secreted away.
We know Ruth Madoff has $70 million. So maybe this is a story more about love than theft.
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