Bernie, Bernie, Bernie. What a sad, tragic, disgusting, bizarre, twisted, greedy, weird, vomitus immeditus (my own words) story. We Americans love a drama and the Bernie Madoff saga (which reminds me, what is it about Bernie’s? Remember Bernie Ebbers of WorldCom, oy vey) provides exactly that, even including his son’s tragic suicide. It’s worst that a car/train wreck from which we cannot tear our eyes. It’s a devastating tale that makes one wonder: How in the HELL do you get from point A to point Z? What in the world happened to him?
I remember reading the February 2011 New York magazine article/interview, almost slobbering with saliva, canceling attending an event so I could sit down and focus on every single word. It was just Bernie and me. Well, and the journalist too obviously, but that night, nothing could come between this creature and me (and creature he was made out to be on the magazine’s cover, as the Joker, nonetheless). And then … well, as so goes with America’s fascination with the media and crime, criminals and justice, once the trial is over, the verdict made, the judge’s gavel is soundly down, we are done with you.
And so … you rot in prison. Or you become an artist or a martyr or whatever else you do in prison but if your evil deed is impactful enough, you end up being remembered in the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, which is officially one of my new favorite places to spend time. Remember, this is Crime AND PUNISHMENT. You have to check it out for yourself, but they don’t hold back…which I love.
Last week, the museum installed its latest permanent exhibition which features artifacts from the nation’s most notorious Ponzi scheme criminal and includes pieces from both Madoff’s business life and personal life. It’s so personal, it includes handwritten letters on notebook paper to his son (insert chills down the spine felt).
Check it out for yourself and spend some QT wandering throughout the multi-level museum on 7th Street, NW.
575 7th Street NW (between E and F Streets)
Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro (Arena exit)
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.