Madoff's former secretary reveals financier's private side | Business | guardian.co.uk:
"In an interview with NBC television today, Squillari, who used to sit just yards from Madoff's office, said she believed the 71-year-old was withholding information from the authorities in order to protect accomplices: "I believe that yes, he is protecting people
....in the weeks running up to his arrest in December, Madoff began obsessively taking his blood pressure every 15 minutes and would lie on the floor with his arms outstretched, complaining of back problems. Squillari told bemused colleagues, 'He seems to be in a coma.'
On the evening of 10 December, just hours after confessing to his two sons that his business was fraudulent, Madoff turned up to a staff Christmas party with his wife, Ruth, looking calm and exchanging stories about their grandchildren with friends.
'You wouldn't have thought they had a care in the world,' says Squillari"