Ruth Madoff Blames Bernie For Son's Death

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Need a little Monday afternoon depression? Here's some, courtesy of the Madoff family, re: this weekend's news.

Ruth Madoff is blaming her jailed-crook husband, Bernie, for the grisly suicide of their eldest son, Mark, biographer Jerry Oppenheimer told The Post yesterday. The distraught mother believes Mark "would not have died if it weren't for what [Bernie] had done," the author of "Madoff With the Money" said, quoting a family friend. Ruth is "totally disgusted with [Bernie] and blames him for her son's death. She thinks this is the end of the family," Oppenheimer said, quoting Madoff relatives and sources close to the family. As for Bernie, "family members don't think [he 's] going to survive this. It has made him realize what this whole thing has all been about. It's a Greek tragedy."

At around 4 a.m. Saturday, [Mark] fired off three desperate e-mails to wife Stephanie -- who was vacationing at Disney World in Orlando with the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Audrey -- and his lawyer, sources said.
One e-mail declared, "No one wants to hear the truth," and pleaded, "Please take care of my family." Others confessed love for Stephanie and urged, "Send someone to take care of Nick."

Ruth Madoff Blames Bernie For Son's Death [NYP]

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