So far this piece by Richard Cohen of the Washington Post is the most gripping piece I’ve read on the Madoff fallout. Cohen and the Madoffs went to high school together. Here’s the final graf:

The 50th reunion of the Class of ’58 was held about a month before Bernie’s scheme collapsed. He and Ruth came, and although I was oblivious to them — distracted by others, I guess — I am told they were hugged and warmly welcomed. But after that, not a big deal was made of them. Then the news broke and e-mails whizzed back and forth. Prodded by a newspaper reporter, I exhumed the yearbook and was stunned to discover the inscription. It turned out I knew Ruth. It turned out she never knew Bernie.

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