Wing said Peter Madoff was ruined by his brother, who had mistreated him when he was growing up in Queens. Bernard Madoff, eight years older than Peter, was viewed as "the prince" by their mother and "Peter longed for the love and approval of his brother and family," the lawyer said.
"Peter had a large build, and Bernie ridiculed him mercilessly, calling him 'Rollo,' which hurt Peter deeply. One friend recalled that even as an adult, Peter's friends were struck by his view of himself as 'a fat boy who always wanted to do the right thing, a little fat boy who wanted so much to please his father, and his older brother,'" Wing said.
Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges and is serving 150 years in prison in Butner, N.C.