The All-Time Worst People in History

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List Criteria: Horrible, real (not fictional) people who have committed historical crimes. No celebrities (actors, TV personalities, musicians, athletes) or politicians you disagree with.

The absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Who are the worst people in history? This list includes mass-murdering dictators, psychopathic serial killers, sociopathic religious leaders, insane politicians, deceptive political commentators, and who make our eyes and ears bleed. Who are the worst people of all time? This human scum has incited genocide, executed ethnic cleansing, enslaved entire races of people, practiced cannibalism, orchestrated arbitrary homicide, brainwashed people who trusted them, yelled at film crew members, and been paid by TV studios to be awful.

Anyone can vote on this list of vile villains and evil lunatics, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the world's worst people ever. Call out history's biggest scumbags, and see how your picks stack up against everyone else's. Because those who do not rank the worst people in history are doomed to repeat it. Or something like that.
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    Politician, Soldier Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution

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    Politician, Soldier, Writer Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As effective

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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Abu Du'a, alternatively called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi and known to his supporters as Amir al-Mu'minin or Caliph Ibrahim, is the leader of the Islamic State

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    Businessperson, Engineer Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the militant organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other

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    Politician, Teacher Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of

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    Politician, Soldier Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, Amin

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    Librarian, Politician Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he

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    Politician, Economist, Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from

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    Physician Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He was notorious for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and

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    Richard Leonard "The Iceman" Kuklinski was an American contract killer who was convicted for five murders. Kuklinski was given the nickname "Iceman" for his method of freezing a

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    Police officer, Writer John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was

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    Politician Mehmed Talaat Pasha, commonly known as Talaat Pasha, was one of the triumvirate known as the Three Pashas that de facto ruled the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. His career in Ottoman

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    Sociologist, Politician, Historian Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and its

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    Politician Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011. By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for the

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    Politician Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister,

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    Major General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was the first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. He is best known for his involvement in the Lindbergh kidnapping case. He was the father of

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    Statesman, Editor, Politician Leon Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the

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    Politician Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich was a Soviet politician and administrator and one of the main associates of Joseph Stalin. At his death in 1991, he was the last surviving Old Bolshevik, outlived by the

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    Politician Dzerzhinsky was chief of the Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka, from 1917 - 1926, which was notorious for kidnapping, mass summary executions and cruel torture of dissidents. The Cheka practiced

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    Serial Killer

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    Physician Surgeon General Shirō Ishii was a Japanese army medical officer, microbiologist and the director of Unit 731, a biological warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army involved in forced and frequently

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    Politician Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria was a Soviet politician, Marshal of the Soviet Union and state security administrator, chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus under Joseph Stalin during

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    Politician, Agronomist Heinrich Luitpold Himmler was Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel, a military commander, and a leading member of the Nazi Party of Nazi Germany. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler later appointed him

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    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an Islamic terrorist held in U.S. military custody in Guantánamo Bay for acts of terrorism including the mass murder of civilians. He was identified as "the

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    Politician, Party leader, Writer Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath

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    Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Frederick Osborn Like Dr. Allan and Dr. Herndon, Mr. Osborn was persuaded that a genetics-trained medical profession could promote eugenics without the taint of Nazi race purification. The medical school had long

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    Physician Hitler read Eugen Fischer’s textbook Principles of Human Heredity and Race Hygiene while in prison at Landsberg and used eugenical notions to support the ideal of a pure Aryan society in his

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    Author Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; October 30, 1966 – June 7, 2006, born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh was a militant Islamist from Jordan who ran a paramilitary training camp in Afghanistan. He became known

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    Politician, Journalist, Writer Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. He ruled

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    Judas Iscariot was, according to the New Testament, one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ, and son of Simon Iscariot. He is known for the kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the Sanhedrin for

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    Mullah Omar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Mullah Omar Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar out of the FBI most wanted list - now dead.

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    The Fuhrer of the North Caucasus, settled in Patterson, New Jersey by CIA.  Blown up by Jewish terror group, burried in Bergen County, NJ in 1985. Soobzokov served in the North Caucausus Region

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    Politician Ismail Enver Pasha, commonly known as Enver Pasha, was an Ottoman military officer and a leader of the 1908 Young Turk Revolution. He was the main leader of the Ottoman Empire in both Balkan Wars and

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    J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    J. Marion Sims Founded unethical experiments. American physician and a pioneer in the field of surgery, known as the "father of modern gynecology".[1] His most significant work was to develop a surgical

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    Politician, Warlord In September 2004 Basayev claimed responsibility for the Beslan school siege in which over 350 people, most of them children, were killed and hundreds more injured.[53] The Russian government put up a

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    Peter Desilva is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History


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    Harry C. Sharp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Harry C. Sharp US Negative Eugenicists - crimes against humanity in Indiana and New Jersey.  hereditary view of mental "defectiveness" as an inheritable and hence controllable trait — that is, if

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    Founded Eugenics Record Office.  When Racism Was a Science - 'Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office' Recreates a Dark Time in a Laboratory's Past. premier scientific enterprise at Cold Spring

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    Planned Final Solution with Adolf Eichmann, then to New York City by CIA in 1954. Eichmann was also supported by CIA and moved to Argentina, where Israeli Mossad captured and then hanged him.15

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    Abubakar Shekau, also known by the alias Darul Akeem wa Zamunda Tawheed, or Darul Tawheed, is the leader of the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram. He served as deputy leader to the group's

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    Historian, Conservationist, Lawyer Madison Grant was an American lawyer known primarily for his work as a eugenicist and conservationist. As a eugenicist, Grant was responsible for one of the most famous works of scientific racism, and

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    Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Aleksandras Lileikis Nazi brought to Boston by US Hoover/Dulles, mass murdered 60,000 Jews in a Lithuanian ghetto.  Lileikis also worked for the CIA after the war, and the agency even wrote in documents their

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    Eugen Haagen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Eugen Haagen Hitler's head of bio-warfare - unethical human virus experimentation. Rockefeller fellow, CIA relocated to US in operation Paperclip.  Worked with Nephritis and Hepatitis viruses. Major in the

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    Politician Wilhelm Frick (12 March 1877 – 16 October 1946) was a prominent German politician of the Nazi Party, who served as Reich Minister of the Interior in

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    Physician Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago at the time of the 1893

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    Joel David Rifkin is an American serial killer convicted of the murders of nine women, mostly drug addicted prostitutes, between 1989 and 1993 in New York City. Also, he is suspected by some to be

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    Physician Killed untold numbers of live babies under his cover as a doctor.

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    Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, was a member of the House of Drăculești, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known, using his patronymic, as Drăculea or Dracula. He was posthumously dubbed Vlad the

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    Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History

    Jon Burge A convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and

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