“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
– Albert Einstein
Throughout the centuries, human beings have endured the evil atrocities of madmen, mass murderers, warlords, and fanatics. No one quite knows what exactly causes the minds of some to act with such cruelty or depravity. Humans are capable of creating so much good in the world, but are equally equipped and proficient to carry out evil.
Here are some interesting facts about evil people throughout history.
26. Elizabeth Bathory
Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian noblewoman who is believed to be the most prolific female serial killer in history. It is believed that she tortured and murdered as many as 650 young girls. She was eventually imprisoned in December 1609 and held in solitary confinement in a windowless room until her death five years later.
25. Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele was a physician at the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust. He sent hundreds of thousands of people sent to their death via gas chambers, but Mengle most notoriously known for performing horrible experiments on prisoners with no regard for health and safety, or the suffering of the patients. He had a particular interest in twins, dwarves, and people with other “abnormalities”.
24. Madame LaLaurie
Madame Delphine LaLaurie was an influential French-Creole woman married to Dr. Louis LaLaurie. However, despite their grand home and lavish affairs, Madame LaLaurie had a sinister secret. She was extremely cruel to the slaves working within her house . She enjoyed murdering her slaves, and having the bodies buried in shallow graves around the house. It wasn’t until a terrible house fire in the LaLaurie mansion, that outsiders finally made the grisly discovery of tortured slaves hidden away in the attic, scattered human body parts, and other unspeakable conditions. This story was recently brought to life by actress Kathy Bates and who played LaLaurie in American Horror Story: Coven.
23. Maximilien Robespierre
Maximilien was a leader in the French Revolution, but has gone down in history for his leadership during a time now known as the Reign of Terror. Starting out as a bourgeoisie lawyer and a working class sympathizer, he became ruthless during the French Revolution, and had anyone he suspected of treason, and political rivals, sentenced to death by the guillotine.
22. Bloody Mary
Mary Tudor of England was born on February 18, 1516, in Greenwich, England. She was the only child of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon that survived childhood. She earned the title of ‘Bloody Mary,’ shortly after her unpopular marriage to Phillip II of Spain. Enacting a strict heresy law, over 300 Protestants were burned as heretics.
21. Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan was a fearsome leader of the Mongols, known for destroying everything in sight. Genghis ruled as the Emperor of the Mongol empire from 1206 until his death in 1227. Upward of 40 million people were killed under Khan’s rule, as his military campaigns often sought to completely eliminate entire civilian populations.
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