However many opponents Slobodan Milosevic faced in and out of power, he could always count on the fierce loyalty of his close family - his wife and two children, and his elder brother Borislav.
Slobodan Milosevic's wife, known as Mira, 63, was such a strong political force that the 13-year rule of her husband might more properly be seen as a presidential double act.
Slobodan Milosevic with (L-R) Marija, Mirjana and Marko in 1997
Her mother was a member of Tito's partisans during the World War II. But she was suspected of passing information to the Germans when captured and was later executed, allegedly on the orders of her husband.
Mira met Slobodan Milosevic at high school and married him in 1965.
She was a professor of sociology, a media commentator and the leader of a small but influential party, the Yugoslav United Left. It was in coalition with her husband's governing Socialists.
Slobodan used to consult his wife on virtually all matters of any importance.
To many she was known as the "Red Witch" because of her neo-communist rhetoric.
Others referred to her as "Serbia's Lady Macbeth" on account of her encouraging her husband to deal decisively with opponents.
She fled to Russia in 2003 to avoid trial on charges of misusing state property.
She was alleged to have obtained a state-owned apartment for her grandson's nanny - an offence punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment.
She is also wanted for questioning on allegations of incitement to murder. Several political assassinations are under scrutiny, but the key one is that of Serbia's communist-era president, Ivan Stambolic.
He vanished in 2000 while jogging and his remains were found in 2003.
Prosecutors say he was killed on the orders of Slobodan Milosevic, but that his wife may also have been involved.
Son Marko, 33, has been a political lightweight compared to his parents, but was still one of the most feared and disliked figures of the regime.
There are no warrants out now for Marko Milosevic's arrest
A businessman and playboy, he ran his parents' home town of Pozarevac as a personal fiefdom.
He brought the town two major attractions - an amusement park called Bambiland and the glittering Madonna disco.
In November 2001 he was charged with threatening a pro-democracy demonstrator in Pozarevac with a chainsaw. But he had long since fled to Moscow.
In 2005, in a purported deal to keep the former ruling Socialists on-side, the Serbian government dropped that charge.
Other alleged offences, never prosecuted, include cigarette smuggling, and ties to the murderers of the indicted war criminal, Arkan. There are no warrants for his arrest.
In an interview in 1995, he said: "I have to have a girl and music and a car and gun. I would like guns to remain my passion."
He described himself as "gentle and "sensitive" but "prone to depression".
Slobodan Milosevic's daughter now lives in Serbia's partner republic Montenegro and has insisted her father should be laid to rest in the family's ancestral home, in the small settlement of Lijeva Reka.
She placed a full-page death notice in a Montenegro daily with the words "Dad, I love you - your Marija".
The only close member of the family still living in Serbia and Montenegro, Marija, 39, was accused of firing shots at officials who were trying to negotiate Mr Milosevic's surrender in 2001.
She received a two-year suspended sentence in September 2002 but a higher court ordered a retrial, which is ongoing. She missed the last court date in February, citing bronchitis.
Marija's links with Serbia may also be severed if her new home, Montenegro, where she moved in 2001, votes to end its union with Serbia in an independence referendum set for May.
Borislav, a staunch defender of his younger brother Slobodan, was the Yugoslav ambassador to Russia during the late 1990s. He maintained strong links with Russian politicians and was often feted in the Duma, the lower house of parliament.
He still lives in Moscow and was a key player in the arrival of Marko there.
He has argued consistently that Slobodan Milosevic only acted to prevent the break-up of Yugoslavia in the face of separatism and that his brother knew nothing of any atrocities.
Like Slobodan he has also suffered from heart problems.
In 2002, he said presciently of The Hague trial: "I am afraid this could kill him, he isn't young anymore, his heart is not in good condition anymore."