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December 7th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Madonna Badger on the aftermath of her tragic loss: "There has not been any conclusive anything"

On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan sat down with Madonna Badger who spoke about the tragic house fire that took the life of Badger's three young children and parents on Christmas Day in 2011.

Badger shared with Morgan her anger and frustration with the handling of the incident by city authorities in Samford, Connecticut where the house was located, saying "There has not been any conclusive anything" in terms of analysis or investigation into the source of the fire."

"And you know, for me, finding out the truth of what happened is very important," said Badger in a primetime exclusive. "I don't want anyone else to ever wake up on Christmas morning choking in their own bed and not being able to save their children and have, you know, the people, the city come in and tear my house down, and haul it away, and not save one piece of physical evidence, not save a smoke detector."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Badger shares with Morgan why, as a child growing up, safety was her father's priority.
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  1. Janece Katona

    Madonna I just want you to know that I will be praying for you, especially Christmas morning. I am sending peace, sound of mind, and love your way. My heart feels broken for your great loss and know that God has such a beautiful purpose for your life and may the rest of your days pursue that purpose! Wake up Christmas morning and enjoy giving away all those gifts to the children and I hope you ride a huge elephant! Janece from california

    December 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • aspiesmom

      Beautiful post, Janece

      December 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • wENDY

      Janece, how warm & wonderful. My heart breaks too. Beautiful words.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Adel

    This is so touching. Madonna, what I can say is what Piers Morgan said: "you got everybody with you" even from Libya.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wendy

      Amen. What a total heart wrencher. So sorry about what some of us have to live through. Words not enough. God Bless, good luck & find peace for the rest of your life, Madonna.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Deb

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are amazing to be able to speak and share your feelings to everyone. I hope and pray that you continue to have strength and happiness in your life and get through the tough days ahead. You inspire me, I lost my Son seven years ago and it helps to hear other people talk about how they are also coping day to day. You are so correct it never gets better but we must live our lives and keep on trying. Hugs to you....

    December 8, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wendy

      So many hugs back to you too, Deb! So sorry also for your loss. Keep being your good you!
      Yours,
      With love.
      A friend whom we may meet somtime

      December 9, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Kevin Doherty

    Madonna , May the Light of all the Angels Bless you this Christmas season. Your interviwe with Piers touched our hearts. Know that Love is Eternal and Life is Eternal . With God all things are possibe .You'll one day be reunited with your children and parents. Much Love , Royal Blessings , Kevin

    December 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. vicky

    Madonna. I can imagine the pain you must feel. Be strong, your children are with God and are been well loved and taken care of. We are all his children. I am sure that God has other plans for you.

    December 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. spider saloff

    Ok i never watch you show. this was an amazing interview. i have to share this with Madonna. my husband died 3 years ago while i was writing my one woman musical called The Roar of the Butterfly. This song was written about loss. It came to me like nothing i have ever written. i hope this will guide you too. Please email me so i can send it as an mp3.
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    December 10, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. marcus johnson

    You cant be kidding me ! I am no rocket scientist, or lawyer, but I will gladly be called whatever and will post my thoughts but I personally believe this lady should be in jail she killed those kids and her parents what a monster. The devil has taken human form nothing makes sense in her story but whats really sad is mo one of authority has done nothing . ANOTHER Casey Anthony repeat.

    December 10, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Barbara

    Madonna,

    I am so sorry for your loss but your denial is immense. One day you will accept the unfortunate cause of the fire, the embers and will have to acknowledge you made an error in judgement by not listening to yourself, to your questioning yourself and putting the embers outside. I am so sorry your home was taken down without a proper investigation. You were a wonderful mom to your children and I wish you peace and happiness again one day.

    December 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mary j. Strubhar

    I am so sorry for your loss. You mentioned a book about a dr.who had a near death and his journey was of the wings of a butterfly. I have lost 4 siblings and would really like to read that book. If you would please send me the name of it and the author.
    My prayers go with you

    December 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mickey

      Did you ever get name and author of the book? Please share.

      December 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Armando

        The name of the book is "Proof of Heaven" by Dr. Eben Alexander". You can find it on Amazon books. My daughter who suicided loved butterfly's, she always worn them. Survivors of suicide do not use the word "commit", to us that's a legal term. They do not want to commit suicide, its happens for other reasons, such as lack of saritonin in their brain among others. I have found peace with this people, good luck.

        December 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Armando

      The name of the book is "Proof of Heaven" by Dr. Eben Alexander". You can find it on Amazon books. My daughter who suicided loved butterfly's, she always worn them. Survivors of suicide do not use the word "commit", to us that's a legal term. They do not want to commit suicide, its happens for other reasons, such as lack of saritonin in their brain among others. I have found peace with this people, good luck.

      December 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Patricia Hunt

    It is shocking that a house that was a possible crime scene was demolished the very next day after a fatal fire. This smells of a serious cover up. The mayor of Stamford has some explaining to do. He owns a business involved in demolition. This whole tragic story is stranger than fiction. I would think an investigation is long overdue. Where on earth is it ok to demolish a house the day after a fire on the day after Christmas no less!???? The poor family!

    December 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. aspiesmom

    Tragedy shows the stuff people are made of, Madonna giving to orphans and Matt giving to underprivileged children. Proof once again that bad things happen to good people, I am so very sorry for their losses.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. herland1

    I think about this lady almost daily. Peace to her.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Patricia

    Madonna I want you to know we understand in Nov 2010 my daughter woke up to smoke choking her and her her children she died and 3 of her children died 12,8, and 5 and were stuck upstairs she was brought back to life and was so mad she was because she lost her children and wanted to die.. I wish my daughter could meet you..She needs to really meet you..Does anyone know where I can see this whole interview with madonna? Please

    December 18, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Armando

    The name of the book is "Proof of Heaven" by Dr. Eben Alexander". You can find it on Amazon books.

    December 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. shortloinsirloin

    Madonna Badger – I would like you to drop your lawsuits against the City of Stamford and against anyone you believe was involved in the cause of this fire, I would like you to return with interest and counterparty's legal fees any settlements you may have already received from this tragedy from previous claims you may have made. I would like you to take responsibility for what happened that night, I would like you to stop making interviews and seeking the public's sympathy. In short, I would like you to quietly go on with your life and be glad you weren't arrested for a crime. There are enough tragedies out there for us to digest, but as it seems quite clear that you and or your boyfriend caused this tragedy by placing a bag of embers indoors adjacent to 43 duraflame logs in a home where the fire alarms had been disabled by the same boyfriend, it is offensive to me to see you persistantly publicize yourself as the victim in this affair.

    December 29, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
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