Bernie and Ruth Madoff made a suicide pact in Dec. 2008, which she now calls ‘impulsive.’ She’s also ‘glad’ they both survived.
When Bernie Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme was first revealed, his wife Ruth Madoff tells 60 Minutes in a new interview, she and her husband were so inundated with hate that they decided to kill themselves on Christmas Eve 2008. “It was so horrendous what was happening,” Ruth says in a segment that will air Oct. 30 on CBS. “We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said ‘…I just can’t go on anymore.'”
Ruth and Bernie cooked up a potentially lethal combination of pills — Ruth says Ambien and possibly Klonopin were in the mix — but their plan obviously didn’t work.
“We took pills and woke up the next day,” she recalls. “It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up.”
Despite the “impulsive” nature of the couple’s suicide pact, Ruth’s son Andrew Madoff reveals his mother sent him a box of sentimental items, which included jewelry.
“She told me that she and my father had planned to kill themselves,” Andrew tells 60 Minutes Morley Safer. “They put that package together beforehand and sent it out.”
Watch part of Ruth and Andrew’s interviews below: