Has Ruth Madoff finally decided that loyalty to her imprisoned, multi-billion dollar Ponzi-scheming husband is less important than a relationship with her son? The Daily Mail says that she hasn't been to the federal prison in North Carolina to visit Bernard Madoff for six months because "she allegedly seeks reconciliation with her son," Andrew. The Madoffs' other son Mark killed himself last year, apparently distraught over the fallout from his father's scheme and its effect on his own life.

NY Times reporter Diana Henriques, who wrote a book about Madoff's scheme, The Wizard of Lies (she interviewed Bernie in prison), says, "Ruth has not seen Bernie since Mark's suicide and I think the remnants of the family will now pull together. Ruth visiting him in prison was a major impediment to her being reconciled with them." In fact, Ruth Madoff was reportedly turned away from Mark Madoff's memorial service.

Ruth Madoff has had to downgrade from her fancy, Ponzi-ful lifestyle that included a Park Avenue duplex and vacation homes in Palm Beach and Montauk. Now, she's living in Florida, with dyed red hair, and buying her own groceries. She's even taken the F train.