It's incontestable that Osama bin Laden did awful things. But reports after his death have shown that he was surprisingly normal than one would have assumed. He holed himself up in a compound, sending couriers out periodically to fetch Coca-Cola. He listened to BBC constantly, said his son Omar. In October 2010, he issued two audio statements urging people to help victims of the flood in Pakistan. A senior intelligence official reported that he cared about his appearance enough to dye his white beard black before recording videos. As a NYTimes blog post reports, interviews with Pakistani military, intelligence officials and his neighbors in Abbottabad relate that he was a lonely man holed up in a small house writing up plans in his small notebook to kill more Americans, "perhaps a little bored, and desperate to be heard."