Over the years, the world that we live in today has seen tragedy in a whole variety of different forms.
We’ve seen wars, famine, genocide, riots, robberies, terrorist attacks, rebellions, and a whole lot more besides.
What’s especially blood-curdling about these tragedies, though, is the fact that they have been instigated by human beings deliberately.
If you thought that people sucked now, just think yourself lucky you weren’t around hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, as back then, there were people alive who were really and truly evil in every sense of the word.
Many of the men, and women too for that matter, in our list of the most evil people in history, instigated or took part in crimes so unspeakably evil that most people with a shred of decency in their bodies wouldn’t be able to fathom.
In no particular order of evilness, here’s a look at 17 of the most evil people in history.
17 Of The Most Evil People In History:
17. Elizabeth Bathory
The first entrant on our list today is one of the world’s most prolific serial killers, a woman named Elizabeth Bathory.
Countess Elizabeth Bathory was a noblewoman from Hungary who was responsible for some of the world’s most famous crimes.
Elizabeth resided in the Carpathian mountains and, seemingly mentally unstable, believed that human blood on her skin would give her a youthful complexion and keep her young.
She was responsible for the death of over 650 young girls between 1590 and 1610, many of whom were tortured for weeks on end.
She would stab them with needles, burn them, drink their blood, bathe in their blood, starve them, and even force them to eat chunks of their own flesh.
She was never officially put on trial, but rather, placed on house arrest.
She died 4 years later.
16. Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele was a physician at the concentration camp known as Auschwitz, during WW2.
He was nicknamed the ‘Angel of Death’.
Mengele used prisoners of the concentration camp as human guinea pigs for his sick experiments and would often practice on twins, looking for differences and similarities on a genetic level.
Josef would pour chemicals into the eyes of his victims to see if they would change color, he would sew them together to form “conjoined twins”, he would castrate his victims, and would even sometimes force parents to murder their own children.
He experimented on over 3,000 twins, whereby roughly 200 survived.
He died in 1985 of a stroke while swimming in the Ocean in South America.
15. Emperor Hirohito
Emperor Hirohito was the emperor of Japan from 1926 up until 1989.
He and his army during this time were responsible for countless war crimes against people from all corners of the Far East.
He ordered the execution of every Chinese Prisoner of War, he forced them into slavery, he oversaw the raping and torture of countless civilians, and all in all, he was primarily responsible for the deaths of more than 30 million people.
He died in 1989 of cancer.
14. Vlad Dracula
Vlad Dracula was the man responsible for inspiring the legend of Count Dracula.
Vlad was nicknamed ‘Vlad the Impaler’ because of his obsession with impaling his victims.
He served sporadically as a prince of Wallachia from 1448 up until 1462.
His chosen method of death was to impale his victims using a blunt wooden stake, which he would force into his victims through many different orifices.
He had a fascination with mutilation and would order his men to ransack villages, rape, kill, and torture the inhabitants.
It is also believed that he would drink the blood of his victims – hence the inspiration for Dracula. Vlad killed more than 100,000 people, which was more than 20% of the entire population of Wallachia.
He finally got his comeuppance in 1476 when he was decapitated.
13. Maximilien Robespierre
Maximilien Robespierre was the architect behind the French Revolution.
Max developed an obsession with killing, particularly through beheading with the use of a guillotine, and within 10 months he was responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people.
He would not forgive his victims or give them any semblance of a fair trial as he believed that death was the only answer.
Perhaps his most heinous act was ordering the attack on Vendee, whereby more than 100,000 people were killed.
In a somewhat ironic twist, he himself was guillotined without a trial.
Nero was a man who wreaked havoc in the Roman Empire and orchestrated and took part in some of history’s most heinous acts.
Nero was one of the evilest people in history, as he would burn cities to the ground and murder entire families in their thousands.
Many believe that Nero was responsible for starting the great fire that destroyed Rome, before blaming it on the Christians so that they would be tortured and killed.
Upon learning that the rebellion was to be lost, Nero took his own life.
11. Ivan The Terrible
Ivan the Terrible was the first Tsar of Russia and as a child, it was obvious he would grow up to be vile as he would often kill animals.
Ivan is one of the most evil people in history, and although very intelligent, he suffered from a mental deficiency which made him prone to bouts of rage.
He even murdered his own son, who was heir to the throne at the time.
Ivan would torture people, behead them, burn them, blind them, and more besides.
He died of a stroke while playing chess with his friend Bogdan Belsky.
10. Heinrich Himmler
Up next we have yet another member of the Nazi party, that will almost certainly not be the last.
Heinrich Himmler is often named as being one of the evilest people in history, and it’s easy to understand exactly why that is.
Heinrich was the head of the SS and was believed to be the individual responsible for the final say in the extermination of virtually all Jews living in Europe, giving the orders to execute over 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.
Though not proven, there is evidence that suggests that Himmler had furniture made from the skin and bones of his Jewish victims.
He killed himself at an as-yet-undisclosed location.
9. Idi Amin
Idi Amin served as the Chief of Army Staff and took control of Uganda when the president at the time Obote, was visiting Singapore on a business meeting.
At the time of his Coup, he promised the people of Uganda that he had their best wishes at heart and that he would bring prosperity to the country and the people and do a better job than President Obote.
One week later he became the self-declared President of Uganda and became a dictator known as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’.
He mutilated his wives, fed people to crocodiles, said that he was a cannibal, and killed, mutilated, and tortured over 500,000 people from 1971 to 1979.
He died in 2003 of kidney failure.
8. Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-un
Up next we have three of the evilest people in history all from the same family, from three generations.
Kim Il Sung was the man responsible for starting the Korean War, whereby North Koreans were forced to worship and idolize him.
After he died, his son, Kim Jong-Il, took over as dictator and carried on his evil legacy.
After he died, his son Kim Jong-Un took over and once again carried on this vile legacy.
Millions of people in the country have been starved to death, executed, tortured, and treated like animals for nearly 7 decades now.
7. Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire.
He is somewhat of a controversial entry here because he was a respected individual who got rid of torture, reduced taxes, and even abolished taxes for doctors, priests, and teachers.
He is included on this list of the evilest people in history because he was ruthless when it came to his enemies or people that didn’t share his same beliefs.
He was a brutal military leader which is why he will go down in history as arguably the most impressive conqueror of all time.
6. Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden was a terrorist from Saudi Arabia.
He was the founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, which was the organization responsible for the terrorist attacks on the USA back on the 11th of September, 2001.
These attacks on the World Trade Centre are one of history’s most tragic terrorist events, claiming the lives of 2996 people.
This attack made Osama Bin Laden the most wanted man in the world.
He was killed in 2011 by Navy SEALS soldiers inside his compound in Pakistan.
5. Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong was the dictator of China from 1943 up until 1976.
It was his ultimate goal to transform China into a superpower, yet in the process of doing this, he was responsible for creating the largest genocide in human history.
He is credited with modernizing China and transforming it into a superpower, yet his actions through forced labor, starvation, and even executions, resulted in the deaths of up to 70 million people.
He eventually died of natural causes.
4. Pol Pot
Pol Pot was the man in charge of the revolutionary Cambodian group known as the Khmer Rouge.
Pol Pot thought that the only way to start a new and advanced civilization was to eradicate the current one and to basically start over again to usher in a new age and begin a new regime in the process.
Pol was responsible for the genocide of more than 2 million people between 1976 and 1979.
He had no qualms with killing babies and often kept the skulls of his victims as mementos.
He too passed away of natural causes.
3. Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union from the year 1922, up until his death in the year 1953.
In his younger years, he was a thief, as well as an assassin.
When he took control of the Soviet Union, he ruled with an iron fist and reigned with terror and with extreme violence.
He made decisions that resulted in extreme famines that killed millions of people, he would execute entire families, he would rape women, torture his victims, and by the time of his death in 1953, his policies and tactics had resulted in the deaths of more than 20 million people.
2. Attila The Hun
Attila the Hun ruled the Huns from the year 434 up until 453 where he led the Hunnic Empire.
Attila the Hun was a bloodthirsty, barbaric individual who had an unhealthy obsession with battle.
He became obsessed with destroying the Roman Empire and anybody and anything that got in his way.
He would kill people out of cold blood, he showed no mercy, he took no prisoners, he tortured people, and he showed no remorse.
He destroyed cities and it is believed that he ate his sons and murdered his own brother.
1. Adolf Hitler
This will probably come as no real shock to you, but coming in at number one on our list of the most evil people in history we have Adolf Hitler.
Adolf Hitler served as Chancellor of Germany and the Fuhrer of the German Nazi Party between 1933 and 1945.
One of Hitler’s most frightening traits was his intelligence.
Hitler largely orchestrated the Holocaust and was responsible for the Second World War. He was obsessed with the notion that all Jewish people were evil and were responsible for all of the world’s problems and so he made it his mission to kill every last one of them.
Hitler’s actions were responsible for the deaths of more than 50 million people.
Upon learning that he was defeated, rather than facing the consequences of his actions like a man, Hitler instead committed suicide in his bunker in 1945.
To this day, is considered to be one of the world’s most evil people in history.