The wife of disgraced Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff has given her first interview since her life imploded and she reveals a huge bombshell -- she and Madoff tried to kill themselves.
Speaking to Morley Safer for a "60 Minutes" segment that will air on Sunday, Ruth Madoff said the couple decided to end it all on Christmas Eve 2008, just a few weeks after the scam was exposed.
"I don't know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening," Ruth Madoff said. "We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said 'I just can't go on anymore.'"
She said they each took a bunch of pills, some of them Ambien and possibly some Klonopin. She said they didn't drink alcohol for fear that they would vomit them up. "I took what we had, he took more."
But it did not work. "We took pills and woke up the next day. It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up," she said.
However just like her husband, Ruth Madoff may be lying about how impulsive it was. That's because before the alleged spur of the moment decision, she sent a package to her son containing family mementos. Andrew Madoff told Safer that he later asked his mother why she sent the package. "And she told me that she and my father had planned to kill themselves. They put that package together beforehand and sent it out," he said.
The couple's other son, Mark, was successful in killing himself last year, distraught over the family scandal.