These men aren’t just a little evil, they are pure evil. Whether they are insane, psychopaths, sociopaths, or just do not have a heart, they killed for fun and for power. You may have heard of some on this list of rotten human beings, but others will surprise you.
Vlad Dracula was also known as Vlad the Impaler. He lived from 1431 to 1476 or 1477 and was the Prince of Wallachia. He ruled Wallachia from 1456 to 1462 and was a member of the Order of the Dragon, which protected Christianity in Eastern Europe. So how did he get the name Vlad the Impaler?
Vlad the Impaler
He got the name from impaling his enemies and is one of the most infamous men in history because of it. Impalement was a way to execute people by putting a pole through the victim’s torso. Tales of his cruelty spread through Europe and he inspired Bram Stoker’s “Count Dracula.” At one point, he had 20,000 impaled corpses in Wallachia.
Joseph Stalin was arguably more evil than Hitler. Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the 1920s to 1953. One of his more famous quotes was “one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is simply a statistic.” So how many deaths was his communist regime responsible for?
The estimated number of people that were killed under Stalin’s regime ranged from three to 60 million. The breakdown of death includes 1.5 million executions, five million in Gulags, 1.7 million in deportations, and one million of POWs and German civilians. There was also a famine during Stalin’s repression which some historians take into consideration as well. It gets complicated adding up all of the numbers.
Pol Pot rose to power in the 1970s. He was the leader of the Khmer Rouge party in Cambodia. His goal was to bring Cambodia back to its agricultural roots. Unfortunately, this meant him and his party committing genocide, one of the worst in history actually.
His given name was Saloth Sar and the Khmer Rouge killed 33 percent of the population in Cambodia, which was 33 million people. Under his rule, people were forced to dress certain ways and forbidden to wear jewelry. They also took away private transportation. At once point, he ordered the evacuation of Phnom Penh, which was a “death march” where hundreds of thousands of people died.
Idi Amin was the third President of Uganda. He lived was in office from 1971 to 1979. He is considered one of the most horrific dictators of all time. He broadcasted executions of his own people on television. His method of killing and torturing people was using sledge hammers. So how many did he kill and torture?
President of Uganda
The estimated number of people he killed during his presidency is between 100,000 to 500,000. He first started by getting rid of Obote supporters in the army. From there, Acholi and Lango civilians and soldiers started disappearing. Other ethnic groups were affected as well as journalists, religious leaders, artists, judges, foreign nationals, and senior bureaucrats.
Ivan IV Vasilyevich
In 1533, Ivan IV Vasilyevich became the Grand Prince of Moscow. He held this position from 1533 to 1547 and then became Tsar of all Russians from 1547 until he died in 1584. He was mentally unstable, although extremely intelligent and devout. This left him prone to episodic outbreaks and paranoia.
Ivan the Terrible
One of the most brutal attacks of his legacy was The Massacre of Novgorod, which took place in 1570 Russia. He tortured people by burning them and roasting them over a fire. He had women and children thrown from a cliff where they landed in a river and trapped under the ice. Ivan arrested and tortured anyone he thought was a threat. Even his own family wasn’t safe.
Mao Zedong was the dictator of China from 1945 to 1976. He put into place policies that he thought would make China a superpower. While he put these policies in place, the result was genocide and famine throughout the entire country.
During the time he was in power, it is estimated that 40 to 70 million people died from forced labor, starvation, and executions. This puts him at the top of the list of those who have committed democide in human history. Along with this, he also abused human rights.
Tomas de Torquemada
Tomas de Torquemada was a Spanish Dominican friar during the Spanish Inquisition. The inquisition took place from 1483 to 1498 and was meant to restore Christianity. Tomas was the first Grand Inquisitor, which mean he led the inquisition. Under his lead, the inquisition grew from one tribune to 12 Holy Offices.
During his role as the Grand Inquisitor, the estimated number of death was 2,000. Many of these people were burned and tortured. The ones who received a “lighter” sentenced were hung in the parish church. Also during this time, 40,000 Jews were expelled and 50,000 Jews converted to Christianity.
Leopold II of Belgium
Leopold II was the King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. He founded the Congo Free State in Africa and pretended that he was helping the Congolese people. The opposite was really true. He was committing horrible crimes against the Congolese people, which included maiming, slaughtering, and torturing them.
King of the Belgians
The explorer Henry Morton Stanley assisted Leopold II in claiming the Congo. He used his Force Publique for his own cause and millions of people, including children, were mutilated and killed while Leopold II gained money. He collected ivory and used forced labor to harvest rubber from the area.
Genghis Khan was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire from 1206 to 1227. During his conquest, Genghis and his people were responsible for between 20 and 60 million deaths. At this time, this was 10 to 30 percent of the world’s population. In one massacre, more than 700,000 people were killed.
Khan rose to power by uniting nomadic tribes in Northeast Asia. When they went on campaigns, often times they massacred entire civilizations. Because of this, he was well-known as a genocidal ruler. Genghis Khan died after defeating Western Xia. He was supposedly buried in an unmarked grave.
Attila the Hun
Attila the Hun was one of the most feared rulers during 434 to 453 AD. He was the ruler of the Huns and the leader of the Hunnic Empire. He was feared by both the east and west Roman Empires. He plundered the Balkans and invaded Eastern Rome. But Attila didn’t stop there.
Attila the Hun tried to conquer Roman Gaul but was defeated at the Battle of the Catalauian Plains. He then invaded Italy, but still could not overtake Rome. Before he could try and take Rome again, he died. The Hunnic Empire quickly collapsed after his death.
Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus
Also known as Caligula, he was one of the rulers of the house Julio-Claudian dynasty. He was truly a madman. Caligula believed himself to be a god. He murdered and tortured people just for the fun of it. Family members and allies were not immune to his delusions.
Caligula would go into public dressed like different gods, such as Apollo or Hercules. Other accounts say Caligula was self-absorbed and obsessed with “love making” and spending money. His spending money caused starvation, and he also slept with other men’s wives. During one event, he ordered an entire section of a crowd thrown into an arena to be eaten by animals.
Nero was a leader of the Roman Empire from 57 to 68 AD. He was known for his anti-Christian feelings. He boiled, burned, stabbed, and poisoned Christians. The Roman people saw him as corrupt and compulsive. He also blamed The Great Fire of Rome on the Christians, which he actually caused himself.
The Great Fire of Rome
The Great Fire of Rome started in during the night between July 18 and 19 in 64 AD. It was not brought under control until six days later and it caused widespread devastation. The fire supposedly started in a shop where flammable goods were stored, and spread from there.
Emperor Hirohito was a Japanese Emperor from 1926 to 1989. He was known for genocide and crimes against humanity against the Indonesian, Filipino, Chinese, and Indochinese people. At one point, he ordered Chinese war prisoners killed.
Emperor of Japan
During WWII, Emperor Hirohito ordered husbands to abuse their wives and daughters. As if that wasn’t enough, he allowed his soldiers to assault over 200,000 women during the course of the war. There was talk of trying him for war crimes, but he was never brought up on charges.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was in office from 1979 to 1989. He was the Supreme Leader of Iran. During his time in office, he led a religious coupe. This led to the murder of his political and religious rivals. He became even worse once he was in power.
Supreme Leader of Iran
He created a constitution that gave him the highest religious and political authority. He has called the United States the “Great Satan” and violated basic human rights of Iranians. He ordered the execution of thousands of political prisoners and even tortured dissenting citizens.
Kim II Sung
Kim II Sung was the Supreme Leader of North Korea from 1972 to 1994. He is credited for creating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. During his reign, he invaded South Korea, which ultimately led to the Korean War. About 2.5 million civilians were killed or wounded during the war, with most of them being from North Korea.
Kim II Sung was accused of war crimes and atrocities against civilians. North Korean officers executed every educated person from South Korea. This included religious people, government officers, and those in academia. It is estimated that the army executed 500,00 civilians during the war.
Maximilien Robespierre was one of the leaders of the French Revolution. He was a lawyer, politician, and was in office from 1793 to 1794. He carried out executions over a ten month period during his Reign of Terror. This Reign of Terror took place from the 6th of September 1793 to the 28th of July 1794.
Reign of Terror
The Reign of Terror was a period of violence that started after the beginning of the French Revolution. It was a conflict between the Jacobins and the Girondins, two political factions. During this time, there were mass executions by the guillotine.
Adolf Eichmann was a German Nazi Lieutenant Colonel and was one of the major organizers during the Holocaust. He was in charge of facilitating and managing the deportation of Jews to extermination camps and ghettos. One major event he oversaw was deporting Jew from Hungary, who were then sent to Auschwitz.
Adolf Eichmann was brought up on war crimes. Towards the end of the war, he was quoted saying he would “leap laughing into the grave because the feeling that he had five million people on his conscience would be for him a source of extraordinary satisfaction.” He was executed for his war crimes.
Heinrich Himmler was another member of the Nazi Party and he was in office from 1929 to 1945. He was part of the Protection Squadron in the Nazi Party and had a brief stint as a military commander. He was also directly responsible for the Holocaust, along with other higher ups in the Nazi Party.
Himmler set up and controlled the concentration camps and built extermination camps as well. As the overseer of these camps, he directed the killing of six million Jews and a total of 11 to 14 million people. There are reports that he made books and furniture from the skin and bones of his victims.
Saddam Hussein was the President of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. While he was in office, he committed genocide by killing about two million Iraqi citizens. When the threat of a revolution arose, this is when he started to take repressive measures.
President of Iraq
Saddam Hussein created a police and paramilitary organization for internal security. These people were most known for their torture and assassination tactics. Hussein also committed widespread imprisonment and infringed on human rights.
Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden founded the extremist group Al-Qaeda and was in office from 1988 to 2011. He was responsible for the worst attack on U.S. soil (9/11) since WWII, when Pearl Harbor was bombed. 3,000 people died and 6,000 were injured during this horrific attack.
Before his death, bin Laden had numerous charges against him. The first arrest warrant was by Interpol in 1998 for the murder or a German intelligence agent. He was also indicted by the U.S. in 1998 for conspiracy to attack defense utilities of the United States. The list of offenses kept growing until he was caught and killed on May 2, 2011.