The renewed media attention and incessant litigation had weighed on Mr. Madoff, say his friends. But a close friend who spoke with him on Friday said his concern over the anniversary coverage didn’t seem out of the ordinary.
...his behavior the last week of his life did not ring any alarms with those in regular contact with him. They never expected how the week would end.
Point being: if his kids couldn't understand the prospectus, and took major paychecks from Dad without asking where the money came from, they're eventually / probably legally, and definitely morally, culpable. Maybe they're not on the same level of callousness as Bernie, but regardless, they will eventually have to pay all their earnings back to the suckers (or just the lawyers) Madoff ripped off.
If Mark didn't fell like living like a schmuck in the middle of nowhere where he could just work some job and no one knew his name, then his choices were looking pretty bad. Suicide clearly wasn’t the only option, but to him, it was.