Katie Couric's Notebook: Madoff Letters


Katie Couric is off today. I'm Jeff Glor.

It's been six months since Bernie Madoff's arrest, but the anger his victims feel is still palpable and raw.

In anticipation of his sentencing on June 29th, they've sent 113 letters and emails to the U.S. District Court judge handling the case.

One of them wrote that Madoff's Ponzi scheme robbed her of "the most intimate of personal properties, the self-esteem and fruits of a life's work."

Another wished him not death, but longevity. A lifetime to see how he has devastated so many families.

As Madoff awaits his fate, a possible life sentence in prison, an investigation continues at the SEC - to determine how the commission could have missed a scam so big for so long.

There is little comfort for the thousands who were robbed of their livelihoods.

There is only hope that institutions they relied on to protect their hard-earned money might be able make them partially whole again - and prevent this from happening again in the future.

I'm Jeff Glor, CBS News.