"Burkett's emotions varied widely in the interviews. One session ended when Burkett suffered a violent seizure and collapsed in his chair. Earlier, he said he was coming forward now to explain what he had done and why to try to salvage his reputation. In the past week, Burkett was named by many news reports as the probable source of the documents.
"'It's time,' Burkett said. 'I'm tired of me being the bad guy. I'm tired of losing everything we've got,' a reference to his financial and health struggles since he left the Guard. Turning to his wife, Nicki, he said: 'We've lost it all, baby. We've lost everything.'"
September 21, 2004
USATODAY's account of a collapsing Bill Burkett is a sad depiction of nemesis: