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Madoff: Has Remorse, Doesn't Contemplate Suicide

Disgraced financier Bernie Madoff has told an interviewer he has terrible remorse and horrible nightmares over his epic fraud, but also says he feels happier in prison than he's felt in 20 years.

Barbara Walters tells ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that she interviewed Madoff for two hours at the prison in Butner, where he's serving a 150-year sentence. No cameras were allowed in the prison.

Walters says Madoff told her he thought about suicide before being sent to prison. But since he's been there, he no longer thinks about it.

His comments come ahead of his wife's appearance Sunday's episode of CBS' "60 Minutes." Ruth Madoff says they tried to kill themselves after he admitted stealing billions of dollars in the largest Ponzi scheme in history.


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The wife of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, who's behind bars in North Carolina, says they tried to kill themselves after he admitted stealing billions of dollars in the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

Ruth Madoff will appear on Sunday's episode of CBS' "60 Minutes." It's her first interview since her husband's December 2008 arrest.

She says the time after Bernie Madoff's arrest was "horrendous." She remembers receiving angry phone calls and hate mail.

Ruth Madoff says they took "a bunch of pills" including Ambien on Christmas Eve, but both woke up the next day. She says the decision was "very impulsive" and she's glad they didn't die.

The couple's son Andrew will also talk about his experience. Another son, Mark, killed himself last year.

Bernie Madoff is serving 150 years in prison.


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