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He referred to it in the recent police interview.

“I know that I really wanted to die at that point in time,” he said.

But he nevertheless indicated he wanted to remain in the Sandusky home.

“I would like to be placed back with the Sandusky’s, I feel that they have supported me even when I have messed up,” Matt Sandusky wrote shortly after the suicide attempt. “They are a loving caring group of people.”

Ms. Long said she once called the Sandusky house when Matt’s biological brother, Ronald, was in an accident. She said Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, answered the phone and said: “What are you calling him for? It’s no longer his brother.”

“I said, ‘I’m sorry, but the same blood courses through his veins (that) courses through his brother’s veins. They’re not separated by a name change,’” Ms. Long recalled. “She was downright rude.”

The AP was unable to contact Mrs. Sandusky.

Jerry and Mrs. Sandusky couldn’t conceive children, according to his autobiography, and adopted six children. None of the other five has commented on their father’s legal case or Matt Sandusky’s allegations. Messages left for them were not returned.

Matt Sandusky said, according to the NBC recording, that he decided to come forward after publicly standing by his dad, for his family, “so that they can really have closure and see what the truth actually is. And just to right the wrong, honestly, of going to the grand jury and lying.”