In the Madoff family's first live interview in three years, Matt Lauer spoke with Ruth Madoff, her son Andrew and his fiance Catherine Hooper on the Today Show Monday.
It is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. The family of Bernie Madoff is speaking out, saying they knew nothing of the scheme as it was going on.
Ruth Madoff, convicted ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff's wife, says every day has been difficult since she learned of her husband's crimes.
"Just always full of shame, walking down the street, anything I do is difficult," she said.
Son Andrew said he is not ready to forgive his father.
"I try to find it in my heart to forgive him, but I'm not there yet," he said.
Lauer told the family that Bernie had reached out to him, calling him repeatedly before the live interview. Madoff told Lauer that he wants to describe to the family how it happened.
Ruth said, "I would like to speak to him and tell him a few things, but it's not because I miss him anymore."
Andrew said he is not ready to speak to his father.
"He affected the lives of so many people and stole peoples' dreams and futures and us among them, and I will never forgive him for that," Andrew said.
Ruth Madoff now resides in Boca Raton. At one point, Ruth and Bernie have said they tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide.
"I was in agony over the losses of all my friends. Everyone I know and loved was a victim," she said.
Her son Mark did take his own life.
"The last time I ever saw Mark was when he left that room when Bernie told us. I never saw him after that, and just, I'll never get over that no matter what happens."
The family's book, "Truth and Consequences," is on bookshelves starting Monday.
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