Madoff Suicide Pact

Ruth Madoff says she and Bernie both tried to commit suicide.
5:20 | 10/27/11

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-- suicide pact. Wife of convicted Ponzi scammer Bernie Madoff claims they both tried to commit suicide -- that's raising more questions than answers. Confessions of a gold scam artist thousands of people cheated out of tens of millions of dollars. Now the man behind it all speaks out what to do and some of life hinges on the other read this book. And -- billion dollar bet that -- pair of the Obama administration says that we cars -- the future of the American -- This is seen -- government. Repair to consumers. Billions and billions of dollars and good. The wedding and -- her -- I think that. Brian Ross investigate. In three. -- It was -- Cuba thanks for joining us I'm Brian Ross in New York. It's been nearly three years since Bernie Madoff was arrested in the largest Ponzi scheme. The world has ever seen shattering so many lives and robbing thousands of people of their life savings. In the years since we hardly heard from -- -- his family members around whom suspicion is always remained about what they knew about the scandal. But now Ruth Madoff the wife apparently claims she and her husband tried to commit suicide. Unable to bear the shame of what had happened. While there are some who doubt the story there is no doubt this is -- friendly that was torn apart by Greek. Bernie and Ruth Madoff tried to kill themselves on Christmas C in this New York City penthouse apart. He was just two weeks after Madoff had been arrested. And his thousands of victims realized he had cheated them out of billions of dollars. They both face death threats and hate mail. I don't know who and whose idea was. We decided to kill ourselves because. It was. It was so horrendous. What was happening we had terrible phone calls hate and just. And I can't I just can't -- on -- Route than Bernie high school sweethearts and that married fifty years when he was arrested she chose to side with him over her sons who had turned him in. To the outrage of her friends. And even -- secretary. -- -- -- -- -- Such as paying for it. On that Christmas Eve -- says she went around the apartment gathered some precious jewelry and sent them off to friends and relatives as a final gesture. That's when I packed up some things to send money. Children I have some locally -- Things I thought it. I'm now than it was Christmas Eve. Then handed to the we took pills. I woke up the next. What did you truth. I think -- -- I don't even. I had I I triple -- -- and usually more. -- -- It was very impulsive. I'm Glenn woke up. Her account of the Christmas Eve suicide pact is questioned by -- this now. The head of the private security firm hired to guard Bernie during house arrest. He was inside the apartment that night until about 7 PM sitting there with -- talking. I didn't see anything unusual nothing that was suggests they were about to take a bunch of pills and -- -- -- That's correct. It was last year that the -- -- 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 widow Stephanie told Chris Cuomo of ABC news 20/20 that mark felt Ruth was wrong to stand by burning instead a person. He could understand how she could continuously. Standby. This man who ruined so many lives who -- -- -- -- life. You blame Ruth -- I'm angry at her -- -- 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 Madoff has always denied knowing anything about her husband's massive scam. And federal prosecutors seem to agree that allowed her to keep some two and a half million dollars and no criminal charges have been brought against her. We'll be staying on this story and others and Just click on the investigative. You can also get up to the -- breaking news headlines -- following me and the ABC news investigative team on FaceBook and Twitter up -- A scam artists reveals his fifth of the -- He says he build people up tens of millions of dollars and how he says you can protect yourself.

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