It is quite surprising that so many ruthless, cruel people have become rulers. Or maybe it is the power that has demanded them to behave such. Of course, very few of them had mental disorders as answers for their vile behavior. Throughout history, there have been numerous notorious leaders in every country. Unfortunately, they are so many in numbers that they cannot be reckoned. So, this is the list of leaders who cherished murdering masses and were remembered only for their despicability.
- Genghis Khan
Originally named Temujin, Genghis Khan was born along the banks of Onon River. In 1206, he was proclaimed as the leader of Mongols, a Chinese tribe. He conquered most of the Eurasia making the Mongol empire the largest contiguous empire in history. He was a great military commander, tolerant to different religions and a wonderful trader.He killed his brother for stealing a fish. The sacking of Urgench resulted in the death of over one million civilians in a single day. He killed three-quarters of the population in the Iranian plateau. If his army men were thirsty, they would cut a horse’s vein and drink its blood.
- Vlad Tepes
Vlad Tepes was the prince of Wallachia and is notoriously known as Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Dracula. As evident from his name, he loved killing people by impalement. The less sharp stakes (He felt more sharpened stakes would kill the victim sooner diluting his fun!!) were forced gradually into the bodies of victims which also included babies impaled from their mother’s chest. He enjoyed killing people by hanging, blinding, stabbing, boiling, burning, skinning, hacking, etc. He would cut the body parts of people especially (private parts) women and preserve them. He relished eating and drinking with the stacked dead bodies around. He killed around 100,000 people cruelly including his wife.
- Joseph Stalin
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union from 1941 until his death in 1953. He started as a Bolshevik revolutionary who led to Russian revolution in 1917. In his endeavor to transform the Soviet Union into an industrial superpower, people were forced to work and starved to death. He signed death warrants of thousands of people. He eliminated the political opposition through a Great Purge, secretly trailing and executing his rivals. In Ukraine, his policies led to a famine and killed around 5 million people (these were left to die to depopulate the country!). He tortured and killed scholars and independent people. His behavior led to the suicide of his wife. He was responsible for the death of 20 to 50 million of his people through massacres, policies, executions, Gulag camps.
- Adolf Hitler
Hitler was the dictator/chancellor of Germany from 1933 till his death in 1945.He joined the German army and became a soldier in the First World War. Germany’s surrender made him annoyed and assumed Jews to be responsible. He decided to eliminate all Jews from the Europe and gain world power. He set up concentration camps and impelled all Jews to die there without proper food and sanitation. He even planned on eliminating gypsies, homosexuals, and Slavs. He let experiments on people in hospitals which killed 300,000 people. Millions of babies were killed as they did not meet the Nazi-defined perfection. He was known for his infamous mass genocides. He was responsible for the deaths of more than 12 million people, 6 million of whom were Jews. Hitler and his wife committed suicide as Soviet army was closing in on Berlin.
- Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong was a communist leader and founder of the People’s Republic of China. His agenda was to transform China into a powerful and developed nation. However, his policies were too harsh for the people to sustain. During his reign, there were economic disasters, famines, suicides, terrorism. People were forcefully sent to the labor camps. Children’s fingers were chopped off if they stole food. 5 million people were executed upon his orders. Famines killed about 40 million inhabitants. Around a million committed suicide out of fear. Under his rule, as many as 60 million people lost their lives. He died in 1976. Some of his supporters argue that he was responsible for improved education, women empowerment, good healthcare and infrastructure that shaped China into a world power.
- Idi Amin Dada
Idi Amin was one of the cruelest rulers in the history. He was the military dictator of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. He overthrew the elected government in a military coup and declared himself as the president in 1971. He expelled 80,000 Asians (mainly Indians and Pakistanis) from Uganda. He tortured and executed thousands of his people. As this was not sufficient, he aired those executions on television. He enjoyed keeping the pictures of his men killing people brutally by hitting them with sledgehammers. He burned the people alive, offered their heads to crocodiles (He killed 4,000 people in such a way). He ate human flesh and drank human blood. He mutilated his wife and had her limb sewed upside down. He tortured and killed around 500,000 people.
- Czar Ivan IV
He was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547. Then he became the Czar of Russia in 1547 and ruled till 1584. He is also dubbed as ‘Ivan Grozny’ or ‘Ivan the Terrible’. He has burned thousands of people in frying pans and enjoyed impaling people. He built a wall around his city to prevent people from escaping. His men would gather 500 to 1000 peasants every day to torture and kill them in front of Ivan and his son. He had a personal torture chamber where he executed people for hours. Women were brutally used as target practices. He killed one of his wife and his son with rage. He died in 1584 playing chess with his friend.
Evil is evil, and no evil is better than the other. For this reason, ranking them in order of their evilness is quite a problem, and I leave this task to you! Have fun.
Anyways, there are so many eligible leaders to enter the list such as Julius Caesar, Qin Shi Huang, Attila the Hun, Empress Wu Zetian, Tamerlane, Elizabeth Bathory, Adolf Eichmann, Maximilien Robespierre, Leopold ll, Vladimir Lenin, Benito Mussolini, etc.