After Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme collapsed and the suicide of her husband, Mark, Stephanie Mack proves she's stronger than she looks.
He waited until the fourth date to kiss her (the fourth date? "He was a gentleman," she says); by then, Stephanie was head over heels. Stephanie prefers to remember the Mark she met on a blind date in 2001: the chivalrous, handsome trader and divorced father of two who a friend from Equinox set her up with when she was 27. "I would swoon when he called me Kitten," she says. He took her to a restaurant in the East Village, to "test" her (he later admitted), to make sure she wasn't some snobby princess type.
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When I read about the December 2010 suicide of your husband, I remember being disturbed by the image of him hanging himself with the family dog's leash. Does this still haunt you? It haunts me every time I have to walk the dog and every night when I try and go to bed. What haunts me most is that he tried it with a vacuum-cleaner cord first, and it didn't work, and he tried again.
Family: Stephanie Mack's (left picture, right) husband Mark Madoff (left picture, centre) committed suicide after his father Bernie Madoff (right).
Couple: More than a year after her husband Mark (right) died, Stephanie Mack said that she was only now entertaining the idea of forgiving her father-in-law Bernie.
She said: ‘I thought, you know, I need to bring, like, normalcy back to their life? But when I got home and walked in the door, I threw up.’
Magazine: Stephanie Mack gave an interview in the 'Spring Fashion Issue' of Harper's Bazaar.
Miss Mack had hired a builder to ‘cover up’ the steel beam from which Mark hanged himself but unfortunay she could still see the ‘scuff marks on the ceiling’
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She told People magazine last October she felt ‘betrayed’ by Bernie and has not forgiven Ruth, or her husband’s brother Andrew, for allegedly abandoning Mark.
He and his brother Andrew were the ones who turned in their father in late 2008 over his £41 billion Ponzi scheme.
New home: Stephanie Mack revealed that she was so overcome with emotion that she threw up the first time she went back into the home where her husband Mark killed himself.
New life: The widow of Mark Madoff said that she was also horrified to still see the marks left by the dog leash on one of the beams which Mark used in the hanging at their old home.
In an interview she also revealed that for the first time she is thinking about forgiving Bernie Madoff having previously said she would ‘spit in his face’ if she saw him again.
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'I thought, you know, I need to bring, like, normalcy back to their life? But when I got home and walked in the door, I threw up' Stephanie Mack.
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She said that in her gym class her instructor was talking about how ‘if you don't have forgiveness, you're stuck’
Last year Miss Mack gave an interview to ABC News in which she said that if she saw Bernie she’d l him ‘that I hold him fully responsible for killing my husband, and I’d spit in his face’
Miss Mack said that she never intended to go back to the apartment in Manhattan, New York, but did so along with their two children to give them some ‘normalcy’
The widow of Mark Madoff said that she was also horrified to still see the marks left by the dog leash on one of the beams which he used in the hanging.
Stephanie Mack has revealed that she was so overcome with emotion that she threw up the first time she went back into the home where her husband killed himself.
And then the floor, from a certain area, was really scratched up.
In an excerpt from her new memoir—The End of Normal: a Wife's Anguish, a Widow's New Life—Stephanie Madoff Mack ls the story of.
Highlights from the book, out today from Blue Rider Press. In an excerpt from her new memoir— The End of Normal: a Wife’s Anguish, a Widow’s New Life —Stephanie Madoff Mack ls the story of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi-scheme confession, her relationship with mother-in-law Ruth Madoff, and the suicide of her husband, Mark.
A week before she was forced out of the penthouse she and Bernie had called home for nearly twenty-five years, Ruth still wasn’t sure what possessions were considered hers and what was going to be confiscated.
What I didn't expect to discover about myself after reading The End of Normal by Stephanie Madoff (yes, that “Madoff”) Mack is that I also.
I had downloaded The End of Normal with the same voyeuristic mindset that would lead me to pick up a People magazine or a mindless novel. I wanted to be entertained and validated ( translation: make myself feel superior for not having been involved with Bernie ).
Mack’s was a love story that ended in a tragedy as painful as any Italian opera. Nonetheless, her tone and perspective in the book are not of resentment or anger, but rather of hope and appreciation. She expresses gratitude for those who continued their support and love of her during what I sincerely hope will turn out to be the most difficult period of her life.
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At the time of Mark’s death (two years after the Ponzi news broke), Stephanie had a toddler and was weeks away from expecting their second child.