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Letters and e-mails expressing the anger, sadness and disbelief felt by the victims of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff were made public Friday in a Manhattan court.

The letters were sent to the prosecution and the presiding judge before Madoff pleaded guilty last week to 11 counts stemming from a Ponzi scheme estimated to have bilked thousands of investors out of billions of dollars.

"I falsely believed that Madoff Securities was a conservative and safe place to invest my money, our life savings, based on the charade he perpetrated ... along with the belief that the SEC was protecting me against any possible fraud," one e-mail read. Read full article »

CNN's Ekin Middleton contributed to this report.

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