His Daughter Killed Herself. Why Mladic Didn't Do the Same
'I didn't want them to say we are family of suicides'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2017 12:03 PM CST
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Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic enters the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

(Newser) – Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic will spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. That he's alive to head to prison contrasts with the imagined end he spoke of to his officers during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war. He vowed to commit suicide rather than be arrested and tried, and the Guardian reports that during his 14 years as a fugitive, he had a "duffel bag of guns" with him so that he could make good on his promise. After his May 26, 2011, arrest, he reportedly said "I was not psychologically able to [kill myself], and I didn't want them to say we are family of suicides." More on the "butcher of Bosnia":

  • Ana: The latter is a reference to his daughter Ana, who used Mladic's own gun to shoot herself in February 2014, in the Guardian's telling, after being forced to choose between loyalty to her father and the doctor she loved (this is debated). In 2011, Foreign Policy visited her grave, as Mladic did in secret while a fugitive. A friend says he "worshiped his daughter," and after he was caught he was allowed to go to her grave once before being extradited to the Hague.

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