Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in June 2009 after being convicted of devising the largest Ponzi scheme in American History and stealing more than $65 billion.
Daughter-in-law Stephanie Madoff Mack, widow of Madoff's son Mark, did not think the punishment severe enough.
Mark Madoff committed suicide in Dec. 2010. He was found dead, having hanged himself in his New York City apartment.
Stephanie Madoff Mack decided to write Bernie a letter describing the life he would be missing with his grandchildren, Audrey and Nicholas, because of his crimes.
She thought Madoff would feel sorry and express remorse; but instead she got back a letter filled with pomp and arrogance.
When she first received the response she was smokin' pissed and sick to [her] stomach, she told ABC News.
At the time Madoff Mack got the letter, her husband Mark was still alive.
Unfortunately, the harrowing ordeal proved to be too much for him. She holds Bernie fully responsible for Mark's death.
My husband was in terrible, terrible pain, Madoff Mack said. He was so deeply hurt by it all, that he just, he, he just couldn't move past it.
She detailed her anger towards Bernie Madoff and how he destroyed her life, Mark's life, and so many others. [He] stood there in the corner at our wedding watching everyone dance, and he knew that everyone in that room was going to get screwed, she said in the ABC interview.
Madoff Mack has written a book about her struggles, entitled, The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life.
In the book, Madoff Mack reveals details about Madoff and his wife Ruth, including his lack of boundaries with family and employees as well as her strange eating habits and sordid past.
Excerpts from Letter:
In time, I will be able to tell my story as how and why this problem occurred and hopefully it will put a different light on things.
All of the conjecture and government theories are just that, theories and not fact.
I am lucky to have been sent to Butner which is considered to be the best and most layback [sic] prison in the U.S. It has the look and feel of a college campus with lovely lawns and trees.
I have loads of friends to talk to even if most are covered with tatoos [sic] (you would fit right in).
As you can imagine I am quite the celebrity and treated like a Mafia Don.
They call me either Uncle Bernie or Mr. Madoff. I can't walk anywhere without someone shouting their greetings and encouragement to keep my spirits up.
It's really quite sweet how concerned everyone is about my well-being, including the staff.
It's much safer here than walking in the streets of NY.
I have been asked to teach a business class once I get settled in. I have been so busy that I have not even been watching TV.
Well that's enough about me, Stephanie.