History’s most brutal female serial killer was a wealthy Hungarian countess whose terrifying exploits earned her the nickname “the Bloody Countess.” What was her real name?
At the same time that Elizabeth Bathory was arrested for her crimes, some of her servants and closest friends were arrested as accomplices and executed. Bathory herself couldn’t be executed—what was the reason?
What was the name of the terrifying doctor who operated out of the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust?
Madame Delphine LaLaurie was an influential French-Creole woman in 19th century New Orleans who killed many of the slaves she kept and tortured others. Recently, she was portrayed in the horror TV show American Horror Story: Coven. Which Oscar-winning actress played her on the show?
Maximilien Robespierre was a leader in the French Revolution during a time known as the Reign of Terror. He sentenced many of his political rivals to death by a method that’s become emblematic of the French Revolution itself. What method did he prefer?
During the short reign of Mary Tudor as Queen of England, she had many Protestants burned as heretics, earning her what nickname?
It was speculated that Mary’s fierce Catholicism was the result of resentment towards her father after he broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. He was known for his long reign and multiple wives. What was his name?
Of Henry VIII’s six wives, he had two of them executed. Who was the first to be sent to their death?
What was the name of the fearsome leader of the Mongols, known for his terrifying military campaigns that effectively wiped out entire populations?
Caligula was a notorious emperor of which ancient empire?
Nero was another fearsome Roman Emperor. During the Great Fire of Rome, he was said to have done what?
Emperor Hirohito held the throne of which country for 63 years?
What terrifying figure became known amongst the Romans as the “Scourge of God” for attacking and looting the Empire?
A Dominican priest known as Tomas De Torquemad, born in Spain in the 15th century, became a figure known for his cruelty. What notorious act of religious persecution did he participate in?
Which leader of the People’s Republic of China helmed a failed program called the Great Leap Forward, which he then tried to cover up?
What descriptively-named ruler was the first Tsar of Russia?
Which former president of Uganda, who came to power after a military coup, was known as “the Butcher”?
Which actor portrayed Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland?
Adolf Hitler is basically the worst of the worst when it comes to a list of evil people who changed history. How did he die?
Which man served as dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1929 until 1953?
Which Romanian ruler served as the real-life inspiration for everyone’s favorite fictional vampire, Dracula?
Which notorious cult leader became known for his connection to the murder of a famous actress?
What was the name given to Manson’s followers?
On the night of August 8, 1969, members of the Manson family entered the home of a famous actress on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles killed everyone there. What was the actress’s name?
What was the name of the Cambodian head of state and dictator who led the Khmer Rouge regime?
English kings tend to use the same names, but there was one King whose reign was so disastrous that no monarch has taken his name since. What was his name?
Murad IV was a tyrannical ruler who killed his siblings and impaled his enemies. What empire did he reign over?
What popular and delicious beverage did Murad IV ban during his reign?
King Leopold II of Belgium created the Congo Free State in the 19th century and enslaved millions there. Recently, this was used as a plot device in a film based on a character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. What is the character’s name?
Henry VIII loved court intrigue—after all, he basically used it to have one of his wives executed. He employed a number of assistants to help him in the bathroom, and these men would be trusted with the strictest confidence. What was this position called?
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