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The Sciences

Markopolos wants to be left alone?

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJanuary 12, 2009 11:47 PM

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Turns out that the man who waged a one-man crusade against Bernard Madoff, Harry Markopolos, wants to be left alone. But here's the interesting point:

"Why would people think I feel good about this?" the past president of the Boston Security Analysts Society was quoted as telling the Boston Globe. "People think I'm a hero, but I didn't stop him. He stopped himself."

Markopolos obviously believed he was right, and that Madoff was a fraud, and that the nature of his Ponzi scheme meant that it would all collapse at some point. For most people the Madoff affair has a freak show quality, but not for Harry Markopolos, for whom it has been a background assumption for nearly a decade. For Harry Markopolos a film which chronicles his attempts to Madoff over the past 10 years will of course end in a finale where his failure to convince others triggers a wave of economic destruction.

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