Ruth Madoff Dumping Bernie

She finally cuts it off after 52 years to reconcile with surviving son

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2011 1:42 AM CDT | Updated Aug 15, 2011 4:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – After 52 years of marriage, Bernard Madoff's wife is finally calling it quits. Ruth Madoff, 70, hasn't seen her 73-year-old hubby for more than 8 months, reports the Daily Mail. She's cutting ties with Madoff in an effort to reconcile with her remaining son, Andrew, and her late son's family, say sources. Son Mark committed suicide late last year on the second anniversary of his dad's arrest for massive fraud, and Ruth was turned away from his memorial by his distraught widow.

"Ruth has not seen Bernie since Mark's suicide, and I think the remnants of the family will now pull together," says Madoff biographer Diana Henriques. "Ruth visiting him in prison was a major impediment to her being reconciled with them." The two married in 1959.

Mark Madoff, 46, was found hanged last December in his Manhattan apartment on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.
Mark Madoff, 46, was found hanged last December in his Manhattan apartment on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.   (AP Photo/Security Traders Association of New York, Kimberly Unger)
Bernard Madoff, 73, is not longer getting visits from his wife as she attempts to reconcile with her son, according to sources.
Bernard Madoff, 73, is not longer getting visits from his wife as she attempts to reconcile with her son, according to sources.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, file)
Ruth Madoff has stopped visiting her husband in order to reconcile with her remaining son.
Ruth Madoff has stopped visiting her husband in order to reconcile with her remaining son.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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