CBS “60 Minutes” reported that the Madoffs attempted suicide as Ruth and Bernie tried to deal with disgrace. Ruth Madoff appeared on the newsmagazine and program and said, “I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” she said. “We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said ‘…I just can’t go on anymore.'”
According to the article on CBSNews.com, Ruth said the two took some pills on Christmas Eve, some Ambien and possibly Klonopin. She said he swallowed more than she did.
“We took pills and woke up the next day … It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up,” she said, according to the report.
Madoffs Attempted Suicide After Swindling Billions Of Dollars
Bernie Madoff, 72, swindled a long list of investors out of billions of dollars. He admitted that he ran his scheme for at least two decades, cheating thousands of individuals, charities, celebrities and institutional investors. Losses are estimated at around $20 billion making it the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history.
Ruth Madoff’s public comments come shortly after her daughter-in-law, Stephanie Madoff Mack, released a memoir detailing her heartbreak since her husband, Mark Madoff, committed suicide at age 46 in the aftermath of the scandal. Mark Madoff and his brother Andrew, 45, were responsible for alerting authorities to their father’s deceptive financial scheme in 2008.
On December 10, 2008, Madoff’s sons told authorities that their father had confessed to them that the asset management unit of his firm was a massive Ponzi scheme, and quoted him as describing it as “one big lie.” The following day, FBI agents arrested Madoff and charged him with one count of securities fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously conducted investigations into Madoff’s business practices, but did not uncover the massive fraud.
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