Here's an in-depth look at the life of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia and convicted war criminal.
Personal: Birth date: January 28, 1948
Birth place: Arthington, Liberia
Birth name: Charles Taylor
Father: Nelson Taylor
Mother: Zoe Taylor
Marriages: Victoria Addison-Taylor (unknown-present); Jewel (Howard) Taylor (1997-2006, divorce)
Children: with Victoria Addison-Taylor: three girls; with Jewel (Howard) Taylor: McArthur Taylor. It is reported that Taylor has several other children.
Education: Bentley College, Massachusetts, BA Economics,1977
Other Facts: Taylor stole or diverted nearly $100 million of Liberia's funds while in power according to government records investigated by the U.N. Taylor used the money to buy houses, cars, and illegal weapons while fighting the civil war.
Timeline: 1972 - Emigrates to the U.S. to study. Reportedly has a child, possibly two.
1980 - Returns to Liberia and joins the administration of Samuel Doe, who comes into power after a coup.
May 1983 - Flees to the United States after Doe accuses Taylor of corruption and stealing over $900,000 from the Liberian government.
May 1984 -- Is arrested in Boston, Massachusetts. The court holds him to wait for extradition orders from the Liberian government.
1985 - Escapes from jail. Authorities believe he crosses into Mexico and then heads Libya where Colonel Moammar Gadhafi gives him asylum.
1989 - While in Libya, Taylor forms the militia group National Patriotic Front of Liberia
1990-1996 - A civil war is fought in Liberia. More than 150,000 people are killed and more than half of the population become refugees.
1996 - A peace pact brokered by the international community calls for elections.
July 19, 1997 - Taylor is elected president of Liberia in a special election.
2000 - Rebels in Liberia begin a struggle against Taylor's government.
June 4, 2003 - Taylor is indicted for crimes against humanity by a U.N. court sitting in Sierra Leone. The indictment includes 17 counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, enslavement and the recruitment of child soldiers.
June 6, 2003 - Rebels advance into Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.
June 2003 - President George W. Bush makes a statement asking Taylor to step down for the good of the Liberian people.
August 7, 2003 - Taylor submits his letter of resignation.
August 11, 2003 - Steps down as president, hands over power to Vice President Moses Blah and leaves for Nigeria where he is granted asylum.