12:01 AM EDT 04/14/2013
Originally posted 11/03/2011 12:00PM
This biography about Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff's clan is chock-full of drama.
Among the reveals: Bernie and his wife Ruth's suicide attempt after his 2008 arrest; the rift between the duo and their sons, Andrew and Mark; and Ruth's attempts to reconcile with Andrew in the wake of Mark's suicide last December.
Originally posted 11/02/2011 02:45PM
Ruth Madoff's 60 Minutes interview – in which she revealed that she and husband Bernie Maddoff considered killing themselves during his Ponzi scheme fallout – continues to make waves.
Stephanie Madoff Mack, the widow of their son Mark who committed suicide last December (on the second anniversary of his father's arrest), says she's put off by what her mother-in-law said on the CBS news program.
"I have no idea what went on in that penthouse that night, but for Ruth to talk about trying to kill herself so flippantly like that is so offensive to me, because that's how my husband died," Madoff Mack, 37, tells Anderson Cooper on Wednesday's episode of his syndicated talk show, Anderson.
Originally posted 04/13/2011 12:30PM
Just days after Catherine Hooper moved in with her fiancé, Andrew Madoff, two years ago, his entire world collapsed.
Andrew is the son of Bernie Madoff, who is serving a life sentence for defrauding hundreds of investors in one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Bernie first confessed his crimes to Andrew and his brother Mark (who committed suicide last December). Traders for the company, the brothers turned their father in to the FBI and have not been charged with any crimes.
However, Hooper's own professional future was in jeopardy, too, simply for being in love with a Madoff. "I was a retail consultant for the fashion industry," says Hooper, 38. "So to be in any way connected to scandal was not going to be feasible. I took the bull by the horns and resigned from my main client immediately."
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