'The essence of my scheme'
As I was reading Bernie Madoff’s prepared court statement
, I couldn’t resist looking up the definition of psychopath
. … The key obviously isn’t his expression of sorrow and shame. The key is he admits starting the scam in the early ‘90s and kept taking money from victims – without sorrow and shame kicking in when it counted. He'd still be scamming away if it wasn't for an historic market collapse. He was trying to put off his day of reckoning -- and maximize his opulent days as a free man -- until the last possible moment. He may say he expected to be caught, but his every action suggests he was angling to string out the scam until his last dying breath.