Few people in history can say they are directly responsible for killing half a million people, and this Ugandan dictator is one of them. In power from 1971 to 1979 his resume included human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement.
Dr. H. H. Holmes
One of the first documented serial killers in American history, he built a hotel specifically for the purpose of killing his guests. Located less than 2 miles from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, he would lure guests to “Murder Castle” where he had rigged all of the bedrooms with gas lines, soundproofing, lime pits, etc.. He would then proceed to torture and kill them, ultimately dissecting their bodies and selling the pieces to medical schools.
Vlad the Impaler
You know you belong on this list when you are the sole inspiration for the most famous vampire novel of all time – Dracula. And to give you an idea of why, here is a list of some of his favorite pastimes: nails in heads, cutting off of limbs, blinding, strangulation, burning, cutting off of noses and ears, mutilation of sexual organs (especially in the case of women), scalping, skinning, exposure to the elements or to animals, and boiling alive.
He stabbed God in the back for 30 pieces of silver…enough said.
The leader of the Khmer Rouge and Prime Minister of Cambodia in the 1970s, he actually managed to relocate the entire population of Cambodia onto farms where they slaved away planting seeds that would grow into food that no one would be allowed to eat. And this is why we study economics…so that unlike our pal Pol Pot, we don’t starve one-third of our population to death. But that’s not all, Pot and the Khmer Rouge were also responsible for mass executions in places known as Killing Fields. And although no one can be certain of the death toll, it has been said that in order to save ammunition, the executions were often carried out using spades, axes, hammers, and sharpened bamboo sticks.
A Hungarian countess from the 1500’s who has been labeled the “most prolific female serial killer in history” and has come to be known as the “Blood Countess” or “Blood Queen”. We at List25 believe those to be appropriate titles for someone alleged to bathe in the blood of virgins in order to maintain their youth. According to court records, Elizabeth and several accomplices would lure young girls to their lair and then proceed to beat them, burn them, bite the flesh of their faces, freeze them, perform surgery on them, starve them, and abuse them sexually.
Ruining the lives of tens of millions of people, being responsible for more deaths than anybody else in history, and destroying an entire continent…all within 6 years? Words cannot describe.
He was the first of the Tsars and with his resume its surprising that the Russians allowed there to be anymore. During one of his escapades to Poland he had 1000 prisoners brought before him everyday to be executed. Assuming that he got a full nights sleep (8 hours) that would mean witnessing 1 execution for every minute he was awake.
To start with, he actually managed to starve an entire country (The Ukraine). But as bad as that is, it falls far short of showcasing the level of badness this man was capable of. In classic dictator fashion, he had many of his closest friends and confidants executed. Total kill count: around 60 million.
As the leader of the SS, Chief of German Police, and head of the Gestapo, he personally coordinated the deaths of nearly 10 million people and when the war was over not even his former colleagues wanted anything to do with him. Cyanide anyone?