I am a broken piece of machinery. I am ready.
− Last words of Woodrow Wilson, Jan. 31,1924
George Zygmaniak, 26, lacked the former President's rhetorical skills, but as he lay in a hospital bed last month in Neptune, N.J., paralyzed from the neck down because of a motorcycle accident, he felt that he was a broken piece of machinery.
He was ready to go. He begged his brother Lester, 23, to kill him. According to police, Lester complied−using a sawed-off shotgun at close range. Lester, who had enjoyed an unusually close relationship with his brother,...