Bernie Madoff - what a mug!

An image of what many claim is Bernie Madoff's mug shot has surfaced and is circulating through the media. As the disgraced Ponzi schemer shuffles his way out of the news cycle and into a prison cell, it's worthwhile to contemplate this one last picture of the man who did so much to undermine the American financial system.

Schadenfreude is a German word that translates as "the illicit joy that one takes in the misery of others." There are times when it is the perfect word and the Madoff scandal is one of them. From the start, the tale has been a veritable schadenfreude bonanza, complete with rich people going begging and a self-ascribed financial genius going to jail. For those of us who work every day and don't live off capital gains, it's been hard to look away.