The struggle of humans with the urge for revenge is many centuries old. This is best highlighted in the ancient religious quote which suggests, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”
Even contemporary researchers suggest that revenge is a form of establishing justice; in fact, the threat of revenge may serve as a form of protection. If one takes into consideration how the justice system works in most parts of the planet, the supporters of this theory seem 100% right.
However, there’s a very thin line between calculated revenge and pure wrath. Our instincts and emotions should always serve a purpose; they should work toward justice.
But a person’s judgment can grow blurry and poisoned from rage and the need for revenge. When this happens, things can get really ugly. If you don’t believe us, the following list of 25 Vicious Revenge Stories will definitely convince you.
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Queen Boudica Didn't Play Around
Queen Boudica, of the British Celtic tribe Iceni, was a fearless woman. When their land was taken by the Romans after her husband’s death, Boudica and her daughters were captured, tortured, and raped by Roman soldiers.
Boudica gave a promise to her daughters that she would one day take revenge for all they went through. She kept her promise.
She led a revolt in 60 AD. Though her effort was ultimately a failure, she cut, impaled, crucified, and hanged any Roman who stood in her way.
Aaron Burr Had Enough
Aaron Burr Jr. was an American politician and lawyer. He was the third vice president of the United States (1801–1805) and a very ambitious guy overall. As campaign manager for the Democratic-Republican party during the presidential election of 1800, Burr was responsible for the first open, public political campaign.
His political rival, Alexander Hamilton, kept sabotaging him in every way he could. Burr blamed Hamilton for his 1801 presidential loss to Thomas Jefferson. Three years later, Burr got his revenge. He shot and killed his political nemesis in a duel, even though duels were outlawed at the time.
Peter of Portugal Avenged His Woman's Assassination
King Afonso IV of Portugal was against the upcoming marriage of his son, Peter I, with a noblewoman named Inês de Castro. He was so against it that he hired assassins to murder her in 1355.
Peter never forgot this, though. When he eventually became the king of Portugal, he had her assassins killed, ripping their hearts out with his own hands.
The Jewish “Avengers”
After the end of the catastrophic World War II, most victims tried to move on with their lives peacefully. Well, except one group of people who had survived the ghettos and death camps of the Nazis.
Joseph Harmatz was one of the so-called “Jewish Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946. These avengers used arsenic as their poison of choice. More than 2,200 Germans became ill, and up to 400 died.
Pierre Picaud: The Real Monte Cristo
You are probably familiar with the classic French novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. What you may not know, however, is that there was a real man who inspired this story, a man named Pierre Picaud.
Mr. Picaud was a French shoemaker who was accused unfairly of treason by three jealous friends. He ended up being jailed for nothing. While in prison, he befriended a priest who left him an immense fortune.
He returned bearing an assumed name to avenge his unjust imprisonment. He went on a 10-year killing spree, murdering Loupian, Solari, and Chaubart, the three “friends” who had betrayed him.