Published on: January 9, 2003

In an explosive fit of rage, a drunken Bobby Brown tried to kill Whitney Houston with his bare hands, charges an insider close to the couple.

Bobby turned on his wife after she accused him of flirting with another woman, said the insider -- and Whitney only managed to escape his chokehold by slamming him over the head with an ashtray and sending him to a hospital!

The issue that goes on sale Friday tells why Bobby threw a beer bottle through glass door at Whitney, why he's jealous over her relationship with hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean ... and much more.