Ruth Madoff The wife of the CEO Bernie Madoff who was head of the biggest Ponzi scheme the country has ever seen says that the couple attempted commit suicide on the Christmas Eve after their multi=billion-dollar investment fraud collasped.
She tells CBS News:
“I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening, We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said ‘…I just can’t go on anymore.’”
Ruth Madoff says that she and her husband downed pills, Ambien and perhaps Klonopin, on Christmas Eve, 2008, just after their sons Mark and Andrew had turned Bernie into federal authorities. She says she didn’t mix with the pills with alcohol because she was afraid they would vomit the pills back up.
“I took what we had, he took more,” said Ruth. “We took pills and woke up the next day….It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up.”
Ruth’s son Mark committed suicide two years later, on December 11, 2010, the second anniversary of his father’s arrest. Mark’s wife Stephanie told Chris Cuomo of ABC News’ “20/20″ that Mark felt Ruth was wrong to stand by Bernie.
Ruth went into hiding in Florida after Madoff went to prison, even dying her hair red in an effort to avoid being recognized when she returned to New York.
Bernie Madoff, now 73, is currently serving a 150-year sentence for fraud in a federal prison in North Carolina.
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They story is questioning rather she tried to commit suicide or not. I believe her. Do You?