Ruth and Bernie Madoff Suicide Attempt: ‘We Decided To Kill Ourselves’

This Sunday, 60 Minutes will air an interview with Ruth Madoff in which she reveals that she and her husband, disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, tried to commit suicide with an overdose of Ambien on Christmas Eve in 2008. “I don’t know whose idea it was,” the gravelly voiced Madoff matriarch says, “but we decided to kill ourselves.”

Madoff says the couple was getting a string of phone calls and hate mail. So she packed up some antiques and jewelry, mailed them to her kids and grandchildren, and decided to end it all. “I just can’t go on anymore,” she remembers thinking.

She and Bernie took the pills…but woke up the next day. She can’t remember how many they took (“He took more,” she says), but, in the end, the two were not upset that the attempt didn’t work.

“It was very impulsive and I’m glad we woke up.”

Watch a clip of Madoff’s interview below, courtesy of 60 Minutes:

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