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Uday Hussein

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uday.jpgUday Hussein, Saddam Hussein’s firstborn son, died on July 22 during a firefight with U.S. military forces in Iraq. He was 39.
Uday joined the Ba’ath Party when he was 12. He studied at Al Kharkh Al Namouthajiya School in Baghdad and graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Engineering.
Uday developed a reputation for violence in 1988 when he murdered his father’s personal valet and food taster during a drunken brawl. He was jailed for the crime and sentenced to death, but his father eventually exiled him for a year instead.
After the first Gulf War ended, Uday became the de facto prime minister in Baghdad and head of its paramilitary. He controlled Iraq’s print and broadcast media outlets, ran the country’s sporting events and founded his own paramilitary group, the Saddam Fedayeen. As head of the Iraqi Olympic Committee, Uday imprisoned and tortured three Iraqi soccer stars for losing in the 2000 Asian Cup.
In 1996, unknown gunmen made an attempt on Uday’s life. He was shot eight times, and partially paralyzed from the waist down. In the month after he was discharged from the hospital, Uday killed one of his bodyguards and a woman who spurned his advances.
Although he was elected to the Iraqi Parliament in 2001, Uday lost favor with his father after the assassination attempt. Saddam opted instead to groom Uday’s younger brother, Qusay, to succeed him.

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Qusay Hussein

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qusay.jpgQusay Hussein, the heir apparent of Saddam Hussein, died on July 22 during a firefight with U.S. military forces in Iraq. He was 36.
The second son of Saddam, Qusay was largely ignored as a child. He came into political prominence, however, when his older brother Uday offended Saddam with his violent and erratic behavior.
Qusay was educated at the Al Khararkh Al Namouthajiya School in Baghdad and studied law at Baghdad University before he was named commander of Iraq’s intelligence and security services. He lead Iraq’s two elite military groups — the 80,000-member Republican Guard and the praetorian Special Republican Guard, a regiment of 15,000 soldiers charged with protecting the Iraqi president and his family.
After the end of the first Gulf War, Qusay lead the suppression of the Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq. He personally authorized the interrogation, imprisonment and execution of political prisoners and their families, and periodically ordered mass executions. At 25, Saddam ordered Qusay to run the Special Security Organization, the group charged with hiding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
Like his brother, Qusay was the subject of assassination attempts. In 2001, he was wounded in the arm during a drive-by shooting. His security forces then used a rocket-propelled grenade to destroy the assassins’ vehicle.
When American and British forces invaded Iraq in 2003, Saddam chose Qusay to defend Baghdad and Tikrit, the family’s home and power base.

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Mark Wells

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Mark Wells, who was convicted of four murders in Ontario, Canada, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 42.

Wells was in the process of killing Annette Norman when her sons Richard, 8, and Christopher, 7, walked in and witnessed the crime. Wells stabbed the boys and then slit their throats (one of the boys was still holding a bag of candy when his body was found).

Wells was also found guilty of strangling Christine Tansley, whose body was found in her blood-spattered apartment the day before the Norman murders.

Wells started serving his life sentence in Ontario in 1991 but was moved to the Matsqui Institution in British Columbia to receive treatment for a lengthy terminal illness, and to be closer to his relatives.

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