The world might be a place with tragedies festering it ranging from famines to wars. Yet the greatest power of destruction and fostering these tragedies lies in the minds of humans who lose humanity, and unleash the evilness in them. The world is full of this sort of evilness advocating negativity, obliterating peace, and holding animosity towards whole of the mankind. Here we present a list of the most evil men that the world has ever seen. If you love history, you can read about the civilizations which have disappeared mysteriously.
Gaius Caesar nicknamed as Caligula was the third emperor of Rome, ruling from 37 AD to 41 AD who unleashed his malevolent nature in the very beginning of his reign. He sacrificed more than 160,000 animals in the first 3 months; after which he was taken by brain fever that is said to amplify his rage and narcissism, as he started believing himself to be god. Whosoever offended him, he imprisoned him/her subjecting to gruesome death, like feeding to lions, or being run over by elephants, or sowing. He didn’t even spare children, decapitated or strangled them if found guilty (offending him), or cut their tongues. He raped women including 3 of his own sisters and was also suspected to be a cannibal who chewed testicles of his victims. In 41 AD he was murdered by Cassius Chaerea.
Nero was the Emperor of Rome from 54 AD to 68 AD, who brought his own empire to ruin. He had some personal grudges towards Christians, for which he starved them to death, burned them, or fed them to dogs or lions. He murdered more than thousand of people, whoever he found against him, that included his own aunt, stepsister, wife, mother, and adoptive brother. To kill his family members, he led them to searing hot baths. He was responsible for raping countless women, cutting off their veins and private parts. He even killed the apostle Paul, given to his hate for him and Christianity. Nero committed suicide when he saw himself losing in the rebellion.
Genghis Khan was the Khan of Mongolian Empire from 1206 to 1227 who captured most parts of the China extending his violent reign. To capture the states his army not only destroyed cities, and soldiers, but also tortured civilians by pouring molten metal and silver in their eyes and ears. In a single massacre he killed over 7,00,000 people, decapitated poor, tortured rich to capture their property, and raped women in front of their families. It was said that to protect himself he used humans as shield. He promoted slavery in his reign and killed around 30% of the known world population. His ruthlessness was visible in his childhood only when he killed his brother merely for stealing his fish. Genghis khan died naturally in 1227.
Tomas de Torquemada:
Torquemada was the Grand Inquisitor of Spain from 1483 to 1498. The Spanish inquisition was an ecclesiastical tribunal run by the Spanish monarchy that aimed to root out heretics, threatening Roman Catholic Church in Spain. Given to his hate, without much evidence he tortured Jews, whipped them, and subjected them to physical abuse such as foot roasting, suffocating, burning alive, and grilling. Some of the brutalist ways he resorted to were garrucha ( pulling arms and legs from socket), Porto ( stopping blood flow), and skinning from head to waist. He burned around 2,000 to 10,000 Jews on stake. He was the mind behind influencing king Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to expel every Jew or Muslim who refused to embrace Christianity. He died naturally in his old age.
Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian noble countess and a known serial killer, infamously known as ‘Blood Countess’. In the Guinness World Record she has been labelled as the most prolific female murderer killing hundreds of young women. Her stories of sadistic serial murders were verified by testimony of more than 300 survivors who also revealed her vampire like tendency, in which she liked bathing in the blood of virgins to retain her youth. She at times drank their blood, stabbed them with needles, burned them, and ate their flesh, especially private parts. She was one of the inspirations of Vlad Dracula, receiving her name ‘Countess Dracula’. In 1614, she died at the age of 54.
Vlad Dracula was the prince of Wallachia known for living unto his last name which means ‘little devil’. He was completely overtaken by inhumane madness ventilated in the form of cruelty subjected to general people. He not only tortured or killed people but also enjoyed it. His favourite method of killing people was impalement, thus, receiving his other name ‘Vlad the Impaler’. He used to attach horse to victim’s leg and forced sharp stake into the body, to increase pain the stake wasn’t kept too sharp. This brutality wasn’t just imposed on men, but also small children and innocent animals. Other methods that he used to torture included poisoning, blinding, skinning, or exposing to extreme elements. He often cut people’s private parts to adorn his house, or roasted children forcing parents to eat them. He was responsible for killing 20% of Wallachia’s population. Vlad Dracula died in 1476, killed by Turkish soldiers.
Ivan the Terrible:
Ivan was the Tsar of Russia from 1533 to 1584, who gained the infamous title of being ‘The Terrible’, owing to the evil deeds he did. As a kid he used to throw little animals from top towers just for fun. After rising to power he was overtaken by his paranoia and started brutally killing and torturing people using different methods. Some of them included beheading, strangling, burning, boiling, disembowelling, impaling, and frying. He was obsessed with killing and watched them being executed. He even led Novgorod, in which around 60,000 people were tortured and killed, and ordered to be fed to hungry wolves and bears. In his regime raping peasant girls became a common scene. He once killed one of his wife just the day after marriage. His evilness ended in 1584 when he was killed by poisoning.
Leopold II was the king of Belgium, ruling over free state between 1885 to 1908. He initiated his power by making people believe that he was going to help Congo but soon showed his real colour, proving himself to be the biggest liar in history. He killed over 50% of Congolese population, ran his regime through mercenary Force Publique (a type of military force); forced labour, and human rights violation. The labours were made to work for extraction of rubber with no or very less money. He would order to amputate arms of the workers if the quality of rubbers did not meet the standards, be it men, women, or children. To end his violent reign in 1908, the govt. of Belgium finally overthrew him restoring the power in safer hands.
Talat Pasha was the grand Vizier of Sultan in Ottoman empire from 1917 to 1918. His intentions were dark and violent, as he wanted to completely annihilate American race. He forced them into concentration camps killing around 1.5 millions of them. Because of him the whole male population of Angora was eradicated. To kill people he used the most inhumane ways possible like bayonets, clubs, hammer, and saw. There was no trace of mercy in him, only rage and madness. Given to his own brutality he was assonated in 1921.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini:
Ayatollah Khomeini was a religious leader from 1979 to 1989, and the main head behind 1979 Iranian Revolution that was brought at the cost of torturing and killing every person who was seen a threat to the religion. He led the Islamic holy war killing around 2 million people. He wanted to establish Shia’s law and punished all those who violated it. According to New York Times Khomeini equated democracy with prostitution. He even called for the murder of British Indian writer ‘Salman Rushdie’ in his Fatwa, seeing him as a threat to religion. This leader known for human rights violation died because of heart attack in 1989.