Ruth Madoff, speaking on CBS programme 60 Minutes
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Bernard Madoff 'attempted suicide' after fraud exposed

The wife of jailed US financial swindler Bernard Madoff has said the couple attempted suicide after his $65bn (£41bn) fraud scheme was exposed.

Ruth Madoff told the CBS programme 60 Minutes the couple took a "bunch of pills" on Christmas Eve in 2008.

In 2009 Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, for masterminding a scheme that robbed investors of an estimated 65 billion dollars.

Steve Kingstone reports from Washington.