Bin Laden as Patriarch

WASHINGTON — When a man stalks the world as a mass killer, it distracts from the ordinary interest we might otherwise take in the mundane details of his life. And so it was with Osama bin Laden.



But after he was cornered and killed on May 2 in an upstairs bedroom of his house in Pakistan, Bin Laden the terrorist and Bin Laden the family man came together. At home with him were three of his wives, the youngest of whom was shot in the leg; a son, who was killed; a daughter, who witnessed her father’s death; and other children, some of whom may be Bin Laden’s.


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