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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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84,411 53,091
Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Joseph Stalin Died at 75 (1878-1953) - 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 ...more

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81,286 55,036
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Adolf Hitler Died at 56 (1889-1945) - 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 ...more

3
63,423 37,343
Osama bin Laden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Osama Bin Laden Died at 54 (1957-2011) - 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 ...more

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5,392 1,593
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi age 46 - 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 ...more

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48,649 30,671
Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Pol Pot Died at 73 (1925-1998) - 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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39,659 27,370
Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Idi Amin Died at 78 (1925-2003) - 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, ...more

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42,191 27,632
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Mao Zedong Died at 83 (1893-1976) - 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 ...more

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3,131 1,785
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
abbybb added Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. Died at 63 (1895-1958) - 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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1,779 569
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer Died at 73 (1896-1969) - 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 ...more

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1,343 501
Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Charles Cullen age 57 - 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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1,713 554
Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jasdfuhdsuahuas added Albert Fish Died at 66 (1870-1936) - 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 ...more

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2,462 2,256
J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
RodneyBlair added J. Edgar Hoover Died at 77 (1895-1972) - 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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18,084 12,799
Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Josef Mengele Died at 68 (1911-1979) - 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 ...more

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1,983 422
Kermit Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Kermit Gosnell age 76 - Killed untold numbers of live babies under his cover as a doctor.

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14,140 12,578
Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Vladimir Lenin Died at 54 (1870-1924) - 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 ...more

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1,889 724
Richard Kuklinski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tobias.broks added Richard Kuklinski Died at 71 (1935-2006) - 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 ...more

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1,969 815
Madison Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
tjackson15 added Madison Grant Died at 72 (1865-1937) - 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 ...more

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1,729 906
Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
bbnetley added 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 ...

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1,972 873
Andrea Dworkin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
chuildfucha added Andrea Dworkin Died at 59 (1946-2005) - 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 ...more

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2,103 407
Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Shirō Ishii Died at 67 (1892-1959) - 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 ...more

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5,972 2,904
H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added H. H. Holmes Died at 35 (1861-1896) - 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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3,660 1,764
Talaat Pasha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
owenmcfetridge added Talaat Pasha Died at 47 (1874-1921) - 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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5,426 3,252
Elizabeth Báthory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Elizabeth Bathory Died at 54 (1560-1614) - 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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41,276 26,862
Kim Jong-il is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Kim Jong-il Died at 70 (1941-2011) - 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 ...more

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2,884 2,341
Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Vladimir Putin age 64 - Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and ...more

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9,981 8,776
Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Fidel Castro age 90 - 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 ...more

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14,487 9,455
Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Robert Mugabe age 93 - 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 ...more

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1,504 255
Tscherim Soobzokov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Tscherim Soobzokov Died at 61 (1924-1985) - 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 ...

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1,599 487
Otto von Bolschwing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Otto Von Bolschwing Died at 73 (1909-1982) - 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 October 1909 in Schönbruch, ...

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1,211 167
Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added 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 ...

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1,173 283
Harry C. Sharp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
hmanny added 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 ...

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1,575 247
Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
emm4 added 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 ...

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3,471 2,095
Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Leon Trotsky Died at 61 (1879-1940) - 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 ...more

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29,539 20,984
Heinrich Himmler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Heinrich Himmler Died at 45 (1900-1945) - 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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2,929 970
Felix Dzerzhinsky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Felix Dzerzhinsky Died at 49 (1877-1926) - 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 ...

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3,083 2,650
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Karl Marx Died at 65 (1818-1883) - 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 ...more

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1,493 225
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed age 53 - 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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1,773 266
Mary Harriman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
klim added 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 ...

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1,852 216
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Died at 40 (1966-2006) - 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 ...more

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944 196
J. Marion Sims is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
wes99 added 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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1,230 318
Ilse Koch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Peter Wilson added Ilse Koch Died at 61 (1906-1967) - Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald and Majdanek. She was one of the first prominent Nazis to be tried by the U.S. military. After the ...more

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3,542 2,263
Lazar Kaganovich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Lazar Kaganovich Died at 98 (1893-1991) - 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 ...more

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895 205
Alfred Ploetz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
hmanny added Alfred Ploetz Died at 80 (1860-1940) - 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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1,036 166
Miyuki Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Miyuki Ishikawa Miyuki Ishikawa was a Japanese midwife and serial killer who is believed to have murdered many infants with the aid of several accomplices throughout the 1940s. It is estimated that her victims ...more

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1,663 266
Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova Died at 71 (1730-1801) - Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was a Russian sadist, murderer and noble from Moscow who became notorious for torturing and killing over 100 of her serfs, mostly women and girls. Darya Nikolayevna ...more

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1,748 533
Youlia Grunushkina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
alex11 added Youlia Grunushkina From Penza, Russia, woman tortured children including her own and responsible for many deaths with Russian organized crime (ROC), and judicial and police corruption in New Jersey from late 1990's to past 2015, together hanging ...

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1,992 358
Jane Toppan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Jane Toppan Died at 81 (1857-1938) - Jane Toppan, born Honora Kelley, was an American serial killer. She confessed to 31 murders in 1901. She is quoted as saying that her ambition was "to have killed more people — helpless ...more

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2,297 1,111
Margaret Sanger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
yourmomchoselife added Margaret Sanger Died at 87 (1879-1966) - Margaret Higgins Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term birth control, opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, ...more

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29,251 22,274
Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Saddam Hussein Died at 69 (1937-2006) - 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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1,679 333
Mary Ann Cotton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Mary Ann Cotton Died at 41 (1832-1873) - Mary Ann Cotton was an English woman convicted of murdering her children. She was believed to have murdered up to 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning.