Sometimes it seems that being a Roman emperor was incongruent with maintaining your sanity. Case in point – this guy. What started with a little gambling and wasteful spending quickly turned into a circus of bloody mayhem. But not only did killing become his favorite pastime, he also concluded that he was God and therefore should have a statue of himself erected in the Temple of Jerusalem for people to worship. No wonder Rome burned to the ground.
Issuing solders Viagra to help them rape and kill women, indiscriminately executing his own people, and sponsoring international terrorists, he was only the second still-serving state leader in history to have arrest warrants issued against him. Translation: he was really, really bad at his job. So bad in fact, that even Fidel Castro once described him as being reckless.
Although the ruthlessness of this man never ceased to astound the modern world, we at List25 were not surprised by his lack of good behavior. How do you expect your parents to discipline you with a name like Ayatollah As-Sayyid Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini?
Not only did he kill 17 men and boys, the murders all involved rape, dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism. To make things worse, he somehow got the idea that he could turn his victims into submissive “zombies” by drilling holes in their skulls and filling them with boiling water while they were still alive.
Yet another deranged Roman Emperor. It’s hard to be worse than having your own mother executed and poisoning your stepbrother. Oh wait, how about burning prisoners in your garden at night as a source of light?