If we think of the most evil people in history, the most common names we usualy think of are Adolf Hitler, Jozef Stalin or Dzjengis Khan. But there are many who are frequently forgotten. This list contains some of those “lesser known” bloodspilling figures.
1. Pope Urban II
“O what a disgrace if such a despised and base race, which worships demons, should conquer a people which has the faith of omnipotent God and is made glorious with the name of Christ!” – Pope Urban II
Pope Urban II was born in 1042. He was prior of the abbey of Cluny, c. 1080 Pope Gregory VII named him cardinal-bishop of Ostia. On 12 March 1088 he became pope and so his bloodshed began. He was the pope that ordered the first crusade in 1095.
In the year of 1096 crusaders bagan marching towards Jeruzalem. Carrying the blessing of their church and their god, they left with the intension of reclaiming their holy land. This army was led by a group of nobleman. During a period of 3 years they fought against the Arabs. If you weren’t a Christian or wouldn’t accept the christian faith you were killed immediately. They left a big trail of death and destruction, spilling many innocent lifes. The exact number of deaths is hard to determined, but at least 70.000 christian soldiers who fought in the crucade died.
The crusaders eventualy managed to take control of Jeruzalem in 1099. This led to a resistence from within the islamic society and later the second crusade. This is also the year Pope Urban II died.
2. Talaat Pasja
“The salvation of the country requires the elimination of the Armenians” – Talaat Pasja
Talaat Pasja was the Grand Vizier of the Sultan in the Ottoman empire from 1917 to 1918. Talaat was responsible for the genocide of the Armenian race. On 24 April 1915, Talaat issued an order to close all Armenian political organizations operating within the Ottoman Empire and arrest Armenians connected to them, justifying the action by stating that the organizations were controlled from outside the empire. Armenians were whipped, tortured, robbed, raped and killed under the command of Talaat. All of the Armenians were forced into concentration camps. People were overloaded with supplies and forced to trudge miles with no food and they were killed if they couldn’t continue. Many were forced to rape their own family members. Many had their private parts and sexual organs cut off. Tens of thousands were burned, drowned, poisoned, dismembered, crucified, boiled or beaten to death. Out of the population of 2.5 million Armenians, 1 to 1.5 million were killed.
Talaat was assassinated in 1921 by an Armenian assassination squad.
“I don’t care if they respect me so long as they fear me.” – Caligula
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, born 31 August AD 12 was Roman emperor from AD 37 until AD 41. At the beginning of his reign 160.000 animals were sacrificed to honor the new emporer. Not so long after his reign began he suffered a brain disease that made him mentaly ill. He started to feel and act like a god. As his mental condition worsened he began torturing and killing people for fun. He decapitated and strangled children and did not hesitate to beat people with heavy chains. He forced families to attend their children’s execution. Many people had their tongues cut off and were fed to various dangerous animals. His cruelty caused people to commit suicide. The list of evil and sadistic acts he commited goes on and on.
In AD 40, Caligula began implementing very controversial policies that introduced religion into his political role. Caligula began appearing in public dressed as various gods and demigods such as Hercules, Mercury, Venus and Apollo. Reportedly, he began referring to himself as a god when meeting with politicians and he was referred to as “Jupiter” on occasion in public documents. Caligula had the heads removed from various statues of gods and replaced with his own in some temples.
But this kind of madness couldn’t go on forever. On 24 January AD 41 Caligula was assassinated. He was stabbed 30 times wich led to his death. And so the reign of terror ended.
4. Leopold II (of Belgium)
“I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” – Leopold II
Leopold Lodewijk Filips Maria Victor was born on 9 april 1835. He became king of Belgium on 17 december 1865 when his father, Leopold I, died.
In the year 1885 Leopold became the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State, known today as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a private project undertaken on his own behalf. Leopold II extracted a fortune from the Congo Free State, initially by the collection of ivory and after a rise in the price of rubber in the 1890s, by forced labour from the natives to harvest and process rubber. There were millions of Congolese people killed and tortured under his command. Abuses, especially in the rubber industry, included the forced labor of the native population, beatings and frequent mutilation when the production goals were not met.
Since accurate records were not kept the deathtoll is estimated fom 1 million to 15 million.
On 17 December 1909 Leopold II died. The crown gets passed to Albert, a son of the brother of Leopold II. And so began “the great forgetting”. Most Belgians didn’t even knew of his involvement in the masscre.
5. Emperor Hirohito
“They do not depend upon mere legends and myths. They are not predicated on the false conception that the Emperor is divine and that the Japanese people are superior to other races.” – Hirohito
Hirohito was born on 29 april 1901. He became emperor of Japan in 1926. During WWII he and his army were committing many war crimes, killing countless numbers of Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos and Indochinese. He even ordered every Chinese war prisoner to be killed.
About 300.000 Chinese people were killed and 200,000 women were sexually abused. Others were sometimes gassed or eaten by dogs. A total of 10 million Chinese were forced into slavery. Many people were shot, beheaded, stabbed, burned, boiled, roasted, buried alive or impaled. Between 4 and 10 million people in Java were forced to work by the Japanese military of which the majority died.
Over 30 million people in total were killed by his command during World War II.
Hirohito ruled until he died in the year of 1989. He died from cancer at the age of 88. He will be remebered as a brutal killer.