history The All-Time Worst People in History

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List Rules 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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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Joseph Stalin 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 ...more

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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Adolf Hitler 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 ...more

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 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 ...more

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Osama bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Osama Bin Laden 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 ...more

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Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Pol Pot 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 ...more

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Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Idi Amin 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 ...more

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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Mao Zedong 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 ...more

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Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. 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 ...more

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Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer Physician - Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer was a German human biologist and eugenicist concerned primarily with "racial hygiene" and twin research. He was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of ...more

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Richard Kuklinski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Richard Kuklinski 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 ...more

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Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Charles Cullen Nurse, Physician - Charles Edmund Cullen is a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history and is suspected to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. He confessed to ...more

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Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Vladimir Lenin 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 ...more

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Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Albert Fish Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man. A child ...more

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Kermit Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Kermit Gosnell Physician - Killed untold numbers of live babies under his cover as a doctor.

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Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Josef Mengele 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 ...more

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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
J. Edgar Hoover 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 ...more

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Talaat Pasha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Talaat Pasha 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 ...more

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Andrea Dworkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Andrea Dworkin Novelist, Writer - Andrea Rita Dworkin was an American radical feminist and writer best known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to rape and other forms of violence against women. An anti-war ...more

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Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Fidel Castro Politician, Lawyer - Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban ...more

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Bill Clinton Statesman, Politician Author - William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to ...more

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Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Karl Marx 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 ...more

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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Chris Christie Politician, Lawyer - Christopher James "Chris" Christie is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010. Born in Newark in 1962, ...more

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Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Kim Jong-il 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 ...more

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Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Shirō Ishii 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 ...more

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Elizabeth Báthory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Elizabeth Bathory Serial Killer - Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary known for being a serial killer. She has been labelled by ...more

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Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Robert Mugabe 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, ...more

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H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
H. H. Holmes 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 ...more

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Felix Dzerzhinsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Felix Dzerzhinsky 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 bestial torture and execution methods ...

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Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Leon Trotsky 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 ...more

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Lazar Kaganovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Lazar Kaganovich 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 ...more

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Tscherim Soobzokov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Tscherim Soobzokov 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 created by the Nazis. He is charged ...

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Lavrentiy Beriya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Lavrentiy Beriya 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 ...more

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Heinrich Himmler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Heinrich Himmler 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 ...more

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi 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 ...more

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 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 ...more

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Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Madison Grant 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 ...more

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Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 37 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 1991 in order to force confessions.

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Antonin Scalia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Antonin Scalia Judge, Lawyer - Antonin Gregory Scalia is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. Appointed to ...more

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Harry C. Sharp is listed (or ranked) 39 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 inheritance were stopped dead in its ...

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Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Saddam Hussein 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 ...more

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Mary Harriman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Mary Harriman 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 Harbor. There, bigoted scientists ...

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Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 42 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 prided itself on hosting the ...

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Alfred Ploetz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Alfred Ploetz Physician - 10's of Millions died starting with Ploetz and unifying with American Eugenics theory and initial practice.  Alfred Ploetz (August 22, 1860 – March 20, 1940) was ...

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Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 44 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 knowledge of his war crimes.They wrote ...

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Joel Rifkin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Joel Rifkin 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 ...more

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Peter Desilva is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Peter Desilva TORTURE AND MURDER = USA CIA PROGRAM OPERATION PHOENIX VIETNAM (1965-1973) CONTINUES UNDER ISIS(L) TO ...

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J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 47 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 technique for the repair of ...

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Eddie Leonski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Eddie Leonski Edward Joseph Leonski was a United States Army soldier during World War II. He was also a serial killer responsible for the strangling murders of three women in Melbourne, Australia. Leonski was known ...more

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Susan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Susan Atkins Criminal, Writer - Susan Denise Atkins was a convicted American murderer who was a member of the "Manson family", led by Charles Manson. Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders at four ...more

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Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Benito Mussolini 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 ...more