While the killing of Muammar al-Qaddafi today in Sirte begins a new chapter for the free Libyan people, it's also a particularly opportune time to look back at the tyrant's cruel and bizarre 42-year rule. presents an exclusive collection of never-before-seen pictures and documents from Qaddafi's private homes and state intelligence ministries -- collected by Human Rights Watch emergencies director Peter Bouckaert and photographed by freelance photojournalist Michael Brown. The pictures below represent just a fraction of the 1,000-plus photographs and documents -- from meetings with heads of state to private snapshots with the family -- that we'll be adding to our online archive.
Above, Muammar plays with his daughter.
©2011 Michael Christopher Brown