Throughout history, power has brought about some of the best and some of the most evil leaders known. While some leaders wanted to improve the quality of life of those they led, other leaders only sought their own interests. Their selfish quest led to gross abuse of power resulting in the murder and destruction of countless lives. Today, we’re going to show you the 25 most evil leaders in history.
Herod the Great
Herod the Great – the same Herod the Great of the Bible that slaughtered male children to try and kill Jesus in the process – was definitely an evil ruler. The ancient historian Josephus recorded a good many of his wicked deeds, including killing three of his sons, killing his favorite wife of his ten wives, drowning a high priest, killing his mother-in-law, a few uncles, and was said to plot to kill a stadium of Jewish leaders.
When the Roman Emperor Nero came to power after his adopted father died, he gradually went on a murderous rampage. First, he killed his mother Agrippina the Younger, and then he killed his first and second wives. Finally, he plotted to burn his whole city down, called the Great Fire of Rome, so he could rebuild it. Then, after it all died down, he blamed the fire on the Christians and had them persecuted, tortured, and killed. He eventually killed himself.
Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist and had conquest on his mind at all times with visions of ruling over a unified Arab Empire. He wantonly invaded Iran and Kuwait, which devastated his army and economy. On his orders, friends, enemies, and relatives were murdered. He had his rivals and their children tortured and raped. In 1982, he slaughtered 182 Shiite civilians. In the end, he was captured, tried, and hung for his crimes.
Pope Alexander VI
The Papacy has a long history of some very evil Popes, but out of all of them, Pope Alexander VI is arguably the most evil. He was not by any means a Christian, catholic or otherwise but purely a secular Pope who used the power to advance his greed. In one particular stunt, Pope Alexander VI would marry off his beautiful daughter Lucrezia with a large dowry, and then afterward annul the marriage because he’s Pope and can do that. Then, he’d marry her off again to the next sap who fell for it. He had tons of extravagant parties which usually turned into orgies and would confiscate “illegal” money from the wealthy to finance his lifestyle. Eventually, he was assassinated by poison.
As a tyrannical despot of Libya, he did all the things they usually do. He squashed political opposition by making it illegal. He banned private enterprise, freedom of speech, and any unsound books were burned. Despite Libya’s great economic potential, few of his people actually experienced economic prosperity as he squandered most of it on funding terrorist groups. His rule is considered one of the most brutal and totalitarian eras in North African history.
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