Now to an ABC news exclusive Bernie Madoff is breaking his silence the con man behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Decided to speak out from his prison cell and it is no surprise us that one... See More
Now to an ABC news exclusive Bernie Madoff is breaking his silence the con man behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Decided to speak out from his prison cell and it is no surprise us that one more time ABC's Barbara Walters got the big interview. She jurors had to tell us about it and and -- Bernie has so much to say. The first time you see you personally. What time she was teary eyed but for the most part of his comprised He has a little bit of a -- when He gets a -- up. He is and the -- we have correctional complex which is a medium security federal prison in North Carolina is with the general. Population. Not cameras are technically does and I live at pens and and He told listeners you'll hear some depth and surprising thanks. In it to our -- interview then they made -- that He is happy in nominees in India news. He said quote I feel so I think He would have been outside I know I -- die in prison but I live the last twenty years of my life in fear. Now I have no fear because I'm no longer in control of my own life. And I asked him if He missed his own life He responded how long ago. Madoff acknowledges that He should be punished and He realizes that He destroyed his family. He said that before He went to prison during his four months and -- New York -- He did contemplated suicide but didn't have the courage to do it. He says not He never thinks about suicide. Today He is in therapy and has -- to compartmentalize. When He did. He works during the day but really sleeps at night and has horrible -- Maine is He -- I asked him that He was depressed and He said yes but the fact that -- functioning troubles me a great deal you -- do what -- done without guilt. As for his wife Ruth may have says that -- -- -- not committed suicide last December -- acting in let me go. He says they have not -- I talk to reach of the since He added boost doesn't hate me she has no one. She told him that He headed easier imprisoned and she saying you -- -- to do in there no one is judging you. But his victims made -- said quote I understand why clients take me. The gravy train is over I can -- of that but the average person thinks I'm -- widows and orphans I made wealthy people wealthy. He says He does take full responsibility. For his current but He added. Nobody put a gun to my head. I never planned to do anything wrong things just got out of hand I don't believe I'm a bad -- stupid. Today the man who -- the largest Ponzi scheme in history calls himself a glorified -- -- Lurking in the commissary. 170 dollars a month. So you know it seems that right now almost everybody in America family is writing the book. He says that He -- and He also says that he's cheated. With respect especially the younger people. And that they look up to him which He says is wrong that they do it for the wrong reasons interestingly. In the next set out. Is Jonathan -- remember -- convicted. Israeli spot yeah. And may god says that even though He has no visitors He does have friends and -- if anyone else is guilty would then. He says that his wife and sons knew nothing he's been saying that before but when He was arrested. In 2000 that He says the government said that He should code name names. But He refused and He said I decided that I go -- enough lives and it was my fault I deserve to be punished I deserve to go to jail. And He said that He was relieved to know that some of the investors such as stepped up would get that principle. Back but that humans -- -- that is this passenger compartment thanks very much.
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