25 Childhood Photos of Hated World Figures

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2024

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a renowned philosopher from Geneva during the 18th century, believed that all people are born inherently good. He proposed that external malevolent forces and the impact of a corrupt society and malevolent upbringing are the reasons why some individuals turn evil and potentially commit heinous acts. From this perspective, regardless of their family or environment, all babies should exhibit goodness during their early years of life.

Whether you agree with this theory or not, one thing is for sure – almost all children look innocent and lovable. Even those who later turn out to be evil villains who would later inflict fear and horror in hundreds, thousands or even millions of people all over the world.

Keep this in mind as you stare at the innocent faces of these 25 Childhood Photos Of Some Of The World’s Most Hated People. You might just be surprised as to how innocent and peaceful some of the evilest people that have ever been born looked like when they were kids.

This includes some of the world’s deadliest dictators, who were responsible for the death of millions to cold-blooded serial murderers, rapists, and cannibals. So if you’re ready for a complete mind trip, take a look at these 25 Childhood Photos Of Some Of The World’s Most Hated People. They all looked so innocent…if only they’d stayed that way.



Adolf Hitler

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Arguably the world´s most notoriously evil leader and dictator, Adolf Hitler was responsible for the death of millions mostly Jewish people during the World War II Holocaust.


Osama bin Laden

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The founder of al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks, along with numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets, Osama bin Laden was one of the most hated people in early 2000s.


Ted Bundy

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Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who murdered over 35 women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. He decapitated at least 12 of his victims with a hacksaw.


Anders Breivik

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Norwegian far-right terrorist, Anders Breivik killed 8 people by setting off a van bomb amid the government quarter Regjeringskvartalet in Oslo and then murdered 69 participants of a summer camp on the island of Utoya on 22 July 2011.


Benito Mussolini

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Italian politician and leader of the National Fascist Party, Mussolini (known as “Duce” – Leader) was ruling Italy as Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943. Under his totalitarian regime, many people were killed not only in Italy but also in some African and Balkan countries.


Joseph Stalin

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Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Famous for his non-aggression pact with Hitler, Stalin is responsible for the death of millions of people.


Charles Manson

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Manson and his followers (known as the Manson Family) committed a series of 9 murders in the summer of 1969.  Manson was planning to start an apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles‘ song “Helter Skelter”.


Aileen Wuornos

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Born as Aileen Carol Pittman, Aileen Wuornos was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Her story inspired several films such as “Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story” (1992) and “Monster” (2003).


Kim Jong-il

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Notorious leader and dictator in North Korea from 1994 to 2011, Kim Jong-il was responsible for the death, starvation, and poverty of many North Koreans during his regime. Under his rule, human rights were massively repressed in North Korea.


Heinrich Himmler

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Leading member of the Nazi Party of Nazi Germany, Himmler was a military commander and one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust. He was in charge of the notorious concentration camps where millions of people died.


Myra Hindley

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Known as “the evilest woman in Britain”, Myra Hindley was a sadistic killer who, together with her boyfriend Ian Brady, raped and killed 5 children between 1963 and 1965 in and around Manchester, UK.



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Hirohito was the 124th Emperor of Japan, reigning from 1926, until his death in 1989. Some historians believe he was directly responsible for the atrocities committed by the imperial forces in the Second Sino-Japanese War and in World War II.


Andrej Chikatilo

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Nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper, Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer who committed sexual assault, murder and mutilation of a minimum of 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the former the Soviet Union.


Harold Shipman

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British doctor Harold Shipman was the most prolific serial killer in recorded history, proven to have been responsible for up to 250 murders. Shipman purposely injected fatal doses of diamorphine in his patients, causing their death. About 80% of his victims were women.


Vladimir Lenin

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Notorious Soviet communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist, Vladimir Lenin was the founder of a totalitarian dictatorship responsible for civil war and mass human rights abuses. Under his regime, millions of people died due to mass killings, famine, etc.


Saddam Hussein

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The fifth President of Iraq serving in this capacity from 1979 until 2003, Saddam Hussein was a notoriously brutal dictator. Under his regime, practices including torture, rape, mass murders, assassinations, secret police, and forced deportations were commonly used.


Karla Homolka

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Known as Karla Leanne Teale and Leanne Bordelais, Karla Homolka is a convicted Canadian serial killer who helped her husband rape and murder at least three young women, including her own sister, in the 1990s.


Mao Zedong

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One of the worst dictators ever, Mao Zedong was a Chinese Communist revolutionary infamous for his policies and political purges during which up to 78 million people died.


Jeffrey Dahmer

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Also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with many of his murders also involving necrophilia and cannibalism.


John Wayne Gacy

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Also known as the Killer Clown (due to his charitable services at events where he dressed up as a clown), Gacy was an American serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois.


Reinhard Heidrich

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Reinhard Heydrich was a high-ranking German Nazi officer during World War II and one of the main architects of the Holocaust. Many historians regard him as the darkest figure within the Nazi elite. Adolf Hitler even described him as “the man with the iron heart“.


Adam Lanza

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In December 2012, Adam Lanza, aged 20, committed one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history as he killed 6 staff members and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Prior to the attack, he also killed his mother.


James Holmes

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James Holmes is an American mass murderer convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.


Josef Mengele

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Known as “Angel of Death”, Mengele was an officer and doctor in Nazi Germany. Infamous for his extremely brutal experiments on prisoners held in concentration camps, he sent hundreds of thousands to their deaths in gas chambers and killed many more during his experiments.


Timothy McVeigh

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Timothy McVeigh was an American terrorist convicted and executed for the detonation of a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995 in which he killed 168 people and injured over 600. Known as the Oklahoma City Bombing, it remains one of the worst terrorist acts ever committed in the US.