I really can’t put it any better than the New York Post already has:
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.
The Post‘s coverage continues:
Madoff, 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.
The stunned attacker went chicken and took off — allowing Madoff to collect some “cred” among his fellow prisoners.
The rest of the story is here, including the factoid that Madoff paid a consultant for a crash course in prison culture and survival tips before he headed to jail. That, at least, was money well-invested.