Bernie Madoff and wife Ruth attempted suicide: Madoff family opens up
His assets were frozen and he was under house arrest in the couple's $7 million home that holiday. "I don't know whose idea it was," Ruth says in a '60 Minutes' segment. "But we decided to kill ourselves, because it was so horrendous. I said, 'I just can't go on anymore.'"
"It was Christmas Eve, and that added to the whole depression," she continues. She notes that before they made their attempts, she set aside several pieces of antique jewelry and sent them to their son, Andy.
"I tore open the envelope, and dumped it out, and it was absolutely heartbreaking," Andy recalls. "These were pieces of jewelry that I recognized, things that I had seen my mother wearing."
"We took pills and woke up the next day," Ruth says.
It was not the fate of their son Mark, who took his own life by hanging in December 2010 after being accused of conspiring with his father.
Ruth and Andy have both collaborated with author Laurie Sandell on a book about their experiences.