Stephanie Madoff, wife of Bernie Madoff’s son Mark, is having her and the children’s names legally changed from Madoff to Morgan. She wants to spare her family the “embarassment, harassment, and endangerment” of having the notorious name.
This got me thinking about all the other Madoff’s unrelated to Bernie that have also been Bernie’s victims. The phone book in New York lists 12 Madoffs, and most major cities have a couple Madoffs, so one can assume there are dozens across the US that have had their name dragged through the mud. A little like being named Hitler or Mussolini after World War II. You also never meet anyone named Ponzi, Himmler, or Judas.
By the way, if you just can’t get enough Madoff, there is a blog devoted to covering all things Bernie, aptly named “Swindler’s List” – http://www.jewishjournal.com/swindlerslist/. At the blog you can keep up on Bernie’s latest jailhouse fights, but most interesting, they list Bernie’s possessions that are up for auction, so you can perhaps find a little bit of Madoff for your own home.