25 Most Evil People in History

Adolf Hitler Most Evil Person in History
Adolf Hitler Most Evil Person in History (Source: NBC News)

History has seen some of the evilest people who did not show any mercy to humanity. For them, the word “humanity” also never existed.

These savage criminals only devastated the world with tragedy one after another from wars, genocides, riots, famines, and everything in between.

Evil People in History
Evil People in History (Source: Clark University)

So, here we take a look at such 25 most evil people to ever exist in this world.

Quick Overview

S.N. Evil People in History DOB
1. Adolf Hitler April 20, 1889
2. Joseph Stalin 18 December [O.S. 6] 1878 Gori
.3 Saddam Hussein April 28, 1937
4. Mao Zedong December 26, 1893
5. Dr. Josepf Mengele 16 March 1911
6. Heinrich Himmler October 7, 1900
7. Adolf Eichman March 19, 1906
8. Pol Pot May 19, 1925
9. Idi Amin 1925
10. Ivan the Terrible August 25, 1530
11. Benito Mussolini July 29, 1883
12. Genghis Khan 1162
13. Leopold II of Belgium April 9, 1835
 14. Nero December 15, 37 AD
 15. Emperor Hirohito April 29, 1901
 16. Talat Pasha September 1, 1874
17. Jim Jones May 13, 1931
18. Harold Shipman January 14, 1946
19. Jeffrey Dahmer May 21, 1960
20. Peter Sutcliffe  June 2, 1946
21. Timothy McVeigh  April 23, 1968
22. Slobodan Milosevic August 20, 1941
23. Jack the Ripper 1888
24. Elizabeth Báthory August 7, 1560
25. Caligula  August 31, 12 AD

Most Evil People in History

The given information and details are compiled from trusted sites on the web, including uvm.edu and Wikipedia.

25. Caligula

Gaius Julius Caesar, famous as “Caligula,” was the insane, sadistic, and cruel emperor of ancient Rome.

Caligula was the third Roman ruler of the Julio Claudian dynasty. He ruled Rome from 37 AD to 41 AD.

Even though he ruled as a modest emperor in his first six months, he showed his profanity later.

Caligula
Caligula (Source: Medium)

Caligula sexually abused the wives of other men and later insulted their husbands publicly and bragged about it.

Rumors say he also seduced his sisters, Drusilla, Livilla, and Agrippina the Younger.

Further, he would savagely kill innocent civilians just for fun. He thought of himself as a living god and tried to make his statue in the Temple of Jerusalem.

And the most insane act he ever did was appoint his horse, Incitatus as a state consul and order a priest to worship him.

24. Elizabeth Báthory

Elizabeth Báthory, famous as “Bloody Countess,” was born on August 7th, 1560. Her parents were George VI Báthory and Anna Báthory, one of the most powerful and influential royals in Hungary.

From 1590 to 1610, the sadist princess killed around 650 girls of ages 10 to 14 by beating, burning, and mutilating their hands in her husband Ferenc Nádasdy’s castle, Cjeste (now Czechoslovakia).

She had also bitten their faces, and other body parts, burned them with hot tongs, and led them to die by freezing and starving.

Elizabeth-Báthory
Elizabeth Báthory (Source: Biography (Bio.)

When King Matthias found out, four maids who aided her in the murder went through trial and conviction.

Whereas the princess had to undergo imprisonment in the castle due to the political impact of her trial on the family.

She remained inside a bricked-up room with only small sides open for ventilation and food passing. She died in 1614.

One of the most popular folklore about her is she used to bathe in and drink the blood of virgin victims to retain her beauty.

23. Jack the Ripper

Another evil person in history is the British serial killer with the moniker “Jack the Ripper.”

The notorious unidentified murderer killed at least five prostitutes nearby the Whitechapel area of East End London.

Jack-the-Ripper
Jack the Ripper (Source: Wikipedia)

Those canonical victims were killed between September and October of 1888. They were Mary Ann Nichols, Elizabeth Stride, Annie Chapman, Mary Jane Kelly, and Catherine Eddowes.

First of all, he would cut the throats of his victims and then mutilate their abdomens. Besides, his abdomen cutting skills made it clear that he had some knowledge based on surgery.

22. Slobodan Milosevic

Coming to this spot is the third president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

According to The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Milosevic was found guilty of 64 counts.

He was responsible for the genocide and war crimes that took place in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

Slobodan Milosevic
Slobodan Milosevic (Source: Wikipedia)

The corrupt president even murdered the 12th Serbian President, Ivan Stambolic.

Further, he tortured and murdered civilians, used police brutally, robbed public and private properties, killed several government officials, and so on.

In 2001, Milosevic got imprisoned in the United Nations Detention Center in Hague. He died in 2006 due to a heart attack just a few months before his four-year trial was about to be ruled.

21. Timothy McVeigh

It was in 1995 when a 27-year-old, Timothy McVeigh, exploded a bomb in Oklahoma City.

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was half-destroyed. The explosion led to more than 680 casualties, with 168 people dead, of which 19 were children.

Timothy-McVeigh
Timothy McVeigh (Source: PBS)

It led to the shock for the whole nation, as McVeigh was an American himself. In 2001, McVeigh accepted the death by lethal injection.

McVeigh’s terrorist attack was the deadliest terrorist attack in US history before the 9/11 attack.

20. Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe, famous as the “Yorkshire Ripper,” is one of the most sadistic serial killers in British history.

He murdered 13 women and tried to kill seven other women in Manchester and West Yorkshire between 1975 and 1980.

Peter-Sutcliffe
Peter Sutcliffe (Source: Biography (Bio.)

In 1981, the West Yorkshire police caught him driving with fake number plates.

Besides, when asked about the murder, he declared himself the culprit telling god ordered him to kill prostitutes.

He served his never-ending lifetime imprisonment in Broadmoor Hospital till his death due to a heart attack in 2020.

19. Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer was a necrophile, cannibal serial killer from the US.

From 1978 to 1991, he killed and mutilated 17 men and boys in Wisconsin. He also used to preserve all of the dead body parts and even skeleton parts after the murder.

Jeffrey-Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer (Source: CNN)

In 1992, the US court convicted him of 16 years of imprisonment. In 1994, Columbia Correctional Institution’s other murderer, Christopher Scarver, killed him by hitting him with a metal rod.

18. Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman, famous as “Dr. Death,” was one of the prolific serial killers in England.

The general practitioner had killed around 250 patients, mostly elderly women.

Harold Shipman
Harold Shipman (Source: Manchester Evening News)

In 2000, the Preston Crown Court charged him with life imprisonment for the murder.

In 2004, Shipman committed suicide in HM Prison Wakefield.

17. Jim Jones

Jim Jones was a charismatic and narcissistic cult leader who founded a religious movement, the People’s Temple in the US.

Due to his socialism and charitable works, more than hundreds of people followed him blindly.

In 1978, he located the People’s Temple, aka “Jonestown,” in a remote jungle in Guyana. He preached Jonestown as the “utopia for socialists” where only love and happiness existed.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

On 18th November 1978, Jones attempted mass murder in Jonestown along with more than 900 followers.

He tortured and forced his followers to drink powdered drinks mixed with cyanide and other poisonous drugs. Those who did not drink were shot.

Besides, it is the largest mass murder the American history has ever seen.

16. Talat Pasha

Talat Pasha was the prime minister of the Ottoman empire from 1913 to 1918.

During his dictatorship, Pasha killed 1.5 million Armenians out of 2.5 million.

By his order, Armenians had to suffer physical abuse and had to plod miles naked by carrying heavy supplies in hunger.

Talat-Pasha
Talat Pasha (Source: Wikipedia)

Armenians were raped, burned, drowned, poisoned, and beaten to death.

In 1921, Soghomon Tehlirian, an Armenian assassination squad, killed him.

15. Emperor Hirohito

Japan’s 124th emperor, Hirohito, ruled from 1926 to 1989.

Throughout his regime during World War II, there occurred massacres in China, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

His soldiers killed around 150,000 Chinese war prisoners and raped 200,000 Chinese women in Nanjing Massacre.

Emperor-Hirohito
Emperor Hirohito (Source: Biography (Bio.)

Ten million Chinese were kept as slaves, then tortured and killed.

In the Manila genocide, 100,000 Filipinos lost their lives. Similarly, in 1989, the evil dictator died from cancer.

14. Nero

Nero was one of the evilest Roman emperors. During his regime from AD 54 to AD 68, the whole Roman empire was on the verge of destruction.

Nero murdered his family members and thousands of civilians by poisoning, burning, and cutting their heads. He sexually assaulted women and cut off their private parts.

Nero
Nero (Source: Medium)

He caused a fire in Rome and blamed the Christians.

Sooner, the Christians faced famine, nailing on the cross, and became food for lions. He even killed his disciples, Paul and Peter.

In 68 AD, Nero committed suicide.

13. Leopold II of Belgium

Belgium’s second emperor, Leopold II, ruled the country from 1865 to 1909.

From 1885 to 1908, he ruled the Congo Free State project, where he lied about developing the Congo.

Leopold -II-of-Belgium
Leopold II of Belgium (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

Later, he went to abuse the Congolese as labor for ivory, rubber, and minerals.

More than 10 million Congolese died due to torture, hunger, and murder.

Further, his armies would rape women and eat Congolese.

12. Genghis Khan

The merciless and most feared dictator, Khan, ruled the Mongolian Empire from 1206 to 1227.

While conquering Central Asia and China, Genghis Khan and his armies killed more than 40 million people (11% of the world’s population at that time).

Looting, raping, and beheading were the common things they did during wars.

Genghis-Khan
Genghis Khan (Source: Office Holidays)

His Mongolian troops tortured the enemies by pouring molten silver down their throats, eyes, and ears.

During the invasion of the Khwarezmian Empire, his troops slaughtered around three-quarters of the Iranians (the largest genocide in history).

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11. Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was one of the evilest dictators in history.

From 1922 to 1943, he ruled as Italy’s prime minister and led the National Fascist Party.

From 1923 to 1932, while the pacification of Libya, around 80,000 Libyans died due to brutal kills, chemical bombs, famine, disease, etc.

Benito-Mussolini
Benito Mussolini (Source: Wikipedia)

Similarly, the Italian army sexually assaulted the Libyan women.

Mussolini hanged Libya’s leader, Omar al-Mukhtar, in front of 20,000 Libyans in 1931.

In 1935, 382,800 Ethiopians had to face extreme brutality, slavery, and torturous deaths.

10. Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible ruled Russia from 1547 to 1584. But, he did not make any notable history.

In the Novgorod Massacre, he killed 15,000 people. He tortured many of them with red hot pinchers.

 Ivan-the-Terrible
Ivan the Terrible (Source: Biography (Bio.)

Besides, he also burned, roasted, hanged, and cut their heads off. He even assaulted his pregnant daughter-in-law and beat her, leading to a miscarriage.

The paranoid ruler also stabbed the head of his eldest son, Ivan Ivanovich, when he got into a heated argument about the case.

9. Idi Amin

Idi Amin was one of the most brutal presidents in the world. He ruled as Uganda’s president from 1971 to 1979.

During his regime, Amin slaughtered 300,000 innocent Ugandans in the name of ethnic cleansing.

Idi-Amin
Idi Amin (Source: Wikipedia)

He even mutilated his third wife, Kay Amin, and kept the heads of murdered people in his fridge.

In 2003, Amin died due to kidney failure in Saudi Arabia.

8. Pol Pot

Pol Pot was the notorious mastermind behind transforming Cambodia into Democratic Kampuchea.

From 1976 to 1979, he ruled as the prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea.

During the process of creating a communist agrarian society, the Cambodians had to face genocide.

Pol Pot
Pol Pot (Source: Wikipedia)

More than 1.5 million Cambodians died due to starvation, torture, murder, and forced labor.

In 1997, one of his friends got him arrested in the house. After a year, he died due to natural causes.

7. Adolf Eichman

Adolf Eichman was one of the most sought-after Nazi war criminals.

He had worked for Hitler and systematically planned and carried out the execution of Jews of Europe.

Most Evil People in History- Adolf-Eichman
Adolf Eichman (Source: Wikipedia)

During World War II, he deported around 6 million Jews to ghettos and assisted to kill them in death camps.

In 1960, Israeli agents caught him. In 1962, he was executed by hanging.

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6. Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler was one of the most notorious people in the world.

Most Evil People in History- Heinrich-Himmler
General Plenipotentiary for the Nazis Heinrich Himmler (Source: Wikipedia)

As a commander of the military and General Plenipotentiary for the Nazis, he established concentration camps and death camps, supervised them, and formulated the Holocaust.

Further, the extreme racist Himmler was responsible for the deaths of 14 million people. Of which six million were Jews, 500,000 were Romanis, and the rest were Soviet and Polish.

5. Dr. Josepf Mengele

Dr. Joseph Mengele, famous as the “Angel of Death,” carried out horrific experiments on young Jews twins from 1943 to 1945 at Auschwitz concentration camp.

Mengele used to conduct a disease experiment on twins and transfuse their blood with one another.

Most Evil People in History- Dr. Joseph Mengele
Dr. Joseph Mengele (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

He was sadistic with no empathy for Jews and did cruel experiments to find if Aryan breeds can be created from twins.

One night, he even killed 14 twins by injecting chloroform into their hearts.

Besides, the evil doctor also used to mutilate their body parts and organs without anesthesia and inject chemicals inside their eyes.

4. Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party from 1949 to 1976.

While creating the People’s Republic of China, he killed almost 80 million Chinese people.

Due to his misguided industrial policies, “Great Leap Forward,” more than 20 million Chinese died due to Great Chinese Famine from 1959 to 1961.

Most Evil People in History- Mao-Zedong
Mao Zedong (Source: Wikipedia)

It is the greatest man-made famine the world has ever seen.

Besides, he also tortured and killed rich farmers, landlords, and traitors while Cleansing the Class Ranks. More than 30 million people lost their lives during that movement.

3. Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein was the brutal, sadist, and narcissist president of Iraq. He ruled Iraq from 1979 to 2003.

During his 24 years of the regime, Iraq was in ruins. The Iraqis had to face torture, assassination, and sexual assault if they provoked or went against Hussein.

Most Evil People in History- Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein (Source: Wikipedia)

Around 250,000 Iraqis lost their lives during the Kurdish genocide and the Iraq-Iran war.

Over a million people died in the Iraq-Iran war, and Hussein showed no mercy to Iranians and Kurdish by dropping the lethal warfare agent, Sarin.

2. Joseph Stalin

The Georgian rebel Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1953.

The sadistic, paranoid, and narcissistic dictator wiped out every Stanilist traitor, from civilians to political parties to the army’s top brass, during the Great Purge.

Per estimates, around 1.7 million peasants, Axis powers prisoners, and anti-Stanilist died in the Gulag labor camp.

Most Evil People in History- Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

They had to undergo brutal forced labor for mining and large construction works with no safety and starvation. Women had to undergo sexual assault.

Besides, Stalin’s secret police NKVD killed around 3.5 million ethnic minorities (Chechens, Ingush, and so on.)

A man-made famine by Stalin’s “Holodomor” killed around 5 million Ukrainians from 1932 to 1933.

1. Adolf Hitler

The leader of Germany’s Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, started World War II by bombing Poland on 1st September 1939.

In his wicked goal of killing every Jews, the Holocaust originated where six million Jews lost their lives.

Most Evil People in History- Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler (Source: New Statesman)

The Nazis established more than 1,000 concentration and death camps.

The camps were filled with the Jews, war prisoners from Poland and the Soviet Union, gypsies, homosexuals, and disabled people who had to undergo brutal famine, forced labor, torture, gas chamber, and deadly experiments.

In total, the Nazis killed 19.3 million people during World War II.

After being defeated in World War II, the Soviet troops came to capture Hitler. But, Hitler committed suicide on 30th April 1945.

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