Bernie Madoff’s sister, 87-year-old Sondra Wiener and her 90-year-old husband Marvin, were both found dead from gun shots in their home in Boynton Beach on Thursday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported. The preliminary view of their deaths is that it was a murder-suicide.
The Wieners lived in the Valencia Lakes area outside Boynton Beach proper, at 11259 Barca Blvd., in a 2,938-sq. ft. home that Palm Beach County, reported the Miami Herald. Online property records say they bought for $315,000 in December 2009. The two had reportedly lost millions themselves in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. The sociopath had no shame over who he conned and even defrauded charities. Their daughter-in-law told A.P., “We are not making any comment at this time.”
“The Medical Examiner’s Office personnel arrived on scene and took possession of both Marvin and Sondra. The cause of death will be determined by the ME,” the local Sheriff’s office tweeted about Bernie Madoff’s sister and brother-in-law. “BSO Detectives Investigate Murder/Suicide in unincorporated Boynton Beach. Deputies responded to a 911 call advising a male and female were unresponsive inside their residence. Upon arrival deputies located an elderly female and male deceased from a gunshot wound,” it added.
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There is no word yet as to which of the two was the murder victim. The news comes about ten months after Bernie Madoff himself died at the age of 82 in Federal Medical Center, Butner, and a federal prison for inmates with special health needs. He died after serving 12 years of a 150 year sentence for his financial crimes. Madoff, of course, is the man who defrauded people out of billions in what was possibly the largest Ponzi scheme in history.
Previously, Bernie Madoff’s son Mark committed suicide two years after the truth about his father’s Ponzi scheme was revealed. It was said at the time that he was unaware of the fraud and could not live with the guilt and public condemnations.