In a story on this Sunday's 60 MINUTES on CBS, Morley Safer sits down with Ruth Madoff, wife of Wall Street Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, and admits that the couple had attempted to commit suicide together after they could no longer stand the intense pain which followed the exposure of her disgraced husband's financial crimes.
In the interview, Madoff tells Safer, "I don't know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening. We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said '...I just can't go on anymore.'"
According to CBSNews.com, Ruth confessed that her and her husband attempted to take their lives on Christmas Eve with the sleeping drug Ambien and other pills. "We took pills and woke up the next day....It was very impulsive and I am glad we woke up," she said, according to the report.
Bernie Madoff, 72, had run a Ponzi scheme for more than two decades, stealing billions of dollars from his investors. It is considered to be the biggest case of investment fraud in U.S. History.
Ruth Madoff's comments on 60 MINUTES come shortly after her daughter-in-law, Stephanie Madoff Mack, released a memoir which details her life since her husband, Mark Madoff, son of Bernie and Ruth, committed suicide last year at the age of 46 in the aftermath of his father's scandal.
To view a clip from the upcoming 60 MINUTES interview with Ruth Madoff, click below