Bernie Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi scheme is growing fatally baroque. A French banker was found dead, in a grotesque office tableau, after losing $1.4 billion in the scheme.

Thierry de la Villehuchet, CEO of Access International Advisors, a money-management operation who placed investors' funds in Madoff vehicles, stabbed himself to death with a box cutter after taking sleeping pills, according to New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who spoke to Bloomberg.

De La Villehuchet was found "with his feet propped up on his desk, a trash pail nearby to collect blood," and no sign of a second person, Kelly said in the interview.

The money manager had "multiple stab wounds" to his arms and wrists, and a box-cutter and pills were found nearby, Kelly said at a news conference. No suicide note was found.

The Huffington Post has found what it believes is a photo of Villehuchet at a 2007 Hermès store opening. He is neatly put together. How fitting then, that the scene of his death suggests he wanted to keep things clean at his death. Left with a mess he couldn't clean up, Villehuchet didn't want to leave someone scrubbing blood stains out of the carpet.

(Photo by Patrick McMullan via Huffington Post)