Bernie Madoff says he’s happier in prison than on the outside.
The financial criminal landed himself behind bars a few years ago and is currently serving a 150-year sentence after conducting one of the largest Ponzi schemes—he bilked over $60 billion from investors.
In an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters October 14, Madoff said he no longer lives in fear of being arrested, although he says he knows he will die in prison.
Walters said Madoff told her, “I have people to talk to, no decisions to make,” and “Now I have no fear because I’m no longer in control.”
He said he tries not to think about what he’s done but at night has horrible nightmares.
During the interview, in which cameras were not permitted, he admitted that he did think about suicide while in jail awaiting his prison sentence but “didn’t have the courage.”
In another interview, Bernie’s wife, Ruth, admitted that the couple previously attempted suicide. Ruth revealed shocking details in an exclusive interview admitting that the couple downed pills in an attempt to take their lives in 2008.
According to Digital Journal, Ruth said the couple set out on Christmas Eve 2008 to commit suicide with a mixture of Ambien and Klonopin.
“I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” Ruth reportedly said during her interview with 60 Minutes‘ Morley Saferin. The segment will air on Sunday, October 30. “We had terrible phone calls. Hate mail, just beyond anything and I said ‘…I just can’t go on anymore.'”
The two failed and both woke up the next day.
Last December, Mark Madoff, the couple’s oldest son, committed suicide, two years after his father went to jail.
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