Transcript for Bernie Madoff and Wife Attempted Suicide
Was the crime that shattered so many lives robbed people of their life savings and turned Bernie Madoff. Into one of the most reviled names in America and late today we learned Bernie Madoff wife Ruth says she and her husband. We're so crushed by the scandal they tried to take their own lives. It's a statement that has provoked a turbulent reaction from those who know a lot about the biggest Ponzi scheme in American history. And ABC's chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross has been on the story from the very beginning He wrote the book on the -- DOS. And He begins our newscast tonight. According to her interview Ruth and Bernie Madoff tried to kill themselves on Christmas C in this New York City penthouse apartment. It was just two weeks after Madoff had been arrested and his thousands of victims realized He had cheated them out of billions of dollars. Ruth Madoff admitted the suicide plan to CBS news sixty minutes. I don't know who and whose idea was. What we decided to kill ourselves -- -- it was. It was so horrendous. What was happening we had terrible phone calls -- and. -- and Bernie have been married fifty years and she tells CBS they decided together to swallow pills including Ambien and Clinton. I took what we head He took more she told CBS. But it was not enough. We took pills and woke up the next day He was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up Ruth told CBS. But her account of the Christmas -- suicide is questioned by the head of the private security firm hired to guard that. Who was inside the apartment that night until about 7 PM. Sitting there with them talking. I didn't see anything unusual nothing that would suggest they were about to take a bunch of pills and try to kill them -- That's correct it was last year that made us eldest son mark did take his life. Hanging himself in his New York apartment on the second anniversary of his father's arrest. Mark's wife Stephanie told Chris Cuomo of ABC news 20/20 that mark -- Ruth was wrong to stand by Bernie after the -- He could not understand. How she could stand it. By this man how she can stand by a monster. 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. Ruth has been allowed by federal authorities to keep more than two million dollars and now lives in Boca Raton Florida. She -- -- -- knowing anything about her husband's massive scheme. Saying her own friends and even her own sister were among the victims. -- Brian thank you so much for reporting him tonight.
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