Confessed swindler Bernard Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme measured in the tens of billion of dollars.
Mark Seal and David Margolick have both written in-depth articles about the disgraced financier for Vanity Fair.
Seal says he believes Madoff not only orchestrated the events of the day of his arrest, but also the appearance of other people's innocence. He says the financier was so good at what he did, even his longtime secretary had no idea of the fraud.
"She didn't know and she worked beside him for 20 years. ... She was completely flabbergasted like everyone else," he says.
Margolick says it is possible Madoff's sons, who worked with their father, did not know what was happening, either.
"It's conceivable to me that they didn't know the details of what was going on," Margolick says. "My explanation is that they really just looked the other way."