He was trained as a psychiatrist, fancied himself a poet and was known for his flamboyant head of hair. Today he was convicted of genocide and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The conflict in the former Yugoslavia offers some lessons for policymakers considering how to intervene in Syria. Reuters columnist David Rohde has covered both struggles and sees some parallels.
Former Bosnian Serb leader evaded war crimes prosecutors for years ? in part ? by openly practicing alternative medicine. Anchor Katy Clark speaks with Jack Hitt, who's written a story on Karadzic for this weekend's New York Times Magazine.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Nick Thorpe in Budapest, Hungary, where some people are still shivering from a lack of heat. The natural gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine is to blame. The dispute apparently ended today, only to start again. We also hear how people are coping with the cold in Bulgaria and Bosnia.
The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic had been leading a secret life before his arrest earlier this week, and The BBC's Christian Fraser followed in Karadzic's footsteps to find out more about that secret life.