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The All-Time Worst People in History 

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Updated November 22, 2019 3.7M votes 350.9k voters 4.5M views 1,254 items

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. In short, these are some of the most evil people in history.

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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Abu Izzadeen is listed (or ranked) 151 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
MatthewGill added Age: 43

Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

Abu Izzadeen (Arabic: أبو عز الدين‎, Abū ‘Izz ad-Dīn, born Trevor Richard Brooks, (born 18 April 1975), is a British spokesman for Al Ghurabaa, a British Muslim organisation banned under the ...more
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Jim Jones is listed (or ranked) 152 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 47 (1931-1978)

Birthplace: Lynn, Washington Township, Indiana

James Warren Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American civil rights preacher, faith healer, and cult leader who conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide and mass ...more

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Ruhollah Khomeini is listed (or ranked) 153 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 87 (1902-1989)

Birthplace: Khomeyn, Iran

Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini (UK: khom-AY-nee, US: khohm-; Persian: سید روح‌الله موسوی خمینی‎ [ruːholˈlɑːhe xomejˈniː] (listen); 24 September 1902 – 3 June 1989), also known in the Western ...more

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Eugen Fischer is listed (or ranked) 154 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Dec. at 93 (1874-1967)

Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

Eugen Fischer (5 July 1874 – 9 July 1967) was a German professor of medicine, anthropology, and eugenics, and a member of the Nazi Party. He served as director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of ...more
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Daniel Camargo Barbosa ... is listed (or ranked) 155 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
owenmcfetridge added Dec. at 58 (1936-1994)

Birthplace: Colombia

Daniel Camargo Barbosa (22 January 1930 – 13 November 1994) was a Colombian serial killer. It is believed that he raped and murdered up to 150 young girls in Colombia and Ecuador during the ...more
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David Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 156 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jumbo fanny added Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, New York

David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer who pleaded guilty to eight separate ...more

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Jon Burge is listed (or ranked) 157 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
bbnetley added Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Jon Graham Burge (December 20, 1947 – September 19, 2018) was an American police detective and commander in the Chicago Police Department who was accused of torturing more than 200 criminal ...more
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L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 158 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 75 (1911-1986)

Birthplace: Tilden, Nebraska

Lafayette Ronald Hubbard ( HUB-ərd;  March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the founder of the Church of Scientology. In 1950, ...more

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Alexis Carrel is listed (or ranked) 159 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jret added Dec. at 71 (1873-1944)

Birthplace: Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France

Alexis Carrel (French: [alɛksi kaʁɛl]; 28 June 1873 – 5 November 1944) was a French surgeon and biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for pioneering ...more
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Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 160 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 69 (1937-2006)

Birthplace: Al-Awja, Iraq

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (; Arabic: صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Maǧīd al-Tikrītī; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 ...more

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Yakov Sverdlov is listed (or ranked) 161 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 34 (1885-1919)

Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Yakov Mikhailovich Sverdlov (Russian: Яков Михайлович Свердлов; 3 June 1885 – 16 March 1919) known by pseudonyms "Andrei", "Mikhalych", "Max", "Smirnov", ...more
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Mikhail Frinovsky is listed (or ranked) 162 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Dec. at 42 (1898-1940)
Chief of the NKVD, responsible for several persecutions before and during the Great Purge. In 1940 executed by that Purge.
Mikhail Petrovich Frinovsky (Russian: Михаи́л Петро́вич Фрино́вский; January 1898 - February 4, 1940) served as a deputy head of the NKVD in the years of the Great Purge and, along with Nikolai ...more
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Ottis Toole is listed (or ranked) 163 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 49 (1947-1996)

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Ottis Elwood Toole (March 5, 1947 – September 15, 1996) was an American drifter and serial killer who was convicted of six counts of murder. Like his companion Henry Lee Lucas, Toole made ...more
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Moisei Uritsky is listed (or ranked) 164 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Dec. at 45 (1873-1918)

Birthplace: Kiev Governorate

Head of the Petrograd Cheka. Coordinated the pursuit and prosecution of members of the nobility, military officers and ranking Russian Orthodox Church clerics who opposed the Bolsheviks.
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Robert Hansen is listed (or ranked) 165 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. at 75 (1939-2014)

Birthplace: Estherville, Iowa

Robert Christian Hansen (February 15, 1939 – August 21, 2014), known in the media as the "Butcher Baker", was an American serial killer. Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen abducted, raped, ...more
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Judas Iscariot is listed (or ranked) 166 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Judas Iscariot (; Biblical Hebrew: יהודה‎, romanized: Yehûdâh, lit. 'God is praised'; Greek: Ὶούδας Ὶσκαριώτης) (died c.  30 – c.  33 AD) was a disciple and one of the original ...more
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Stanislav Redens is listed (or ranked) 167 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Dec. at 48 (1892-1940)

Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Stanislav Frantsevich Redens (Russian: Станислав Францевич Реденс, Polish: Stanisław Redens; May 17, 1892 – January 21, 1940) was a Soviet secret police official, one of those responsible for ...more
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Nero is listed (or ranked) 168 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 31 (37-68)

Birthplace: Anzio, Italy

Nero (; Latin: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 15 December 37 – 9 June 68 AD) was the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius and ...more

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Reuben Sturman is listed (or ranked) 169 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 73 (1924-1997)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 170 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
stonerjesus666 added Age: 71

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), nicknamed "the Juice", is an American former football running back, broadcaster, actor, advertising spokesman, and defendant in what has ...more

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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 171 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 29 (12-41)

Birthplace: Anzio, Italy

Caligula (; Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 31 August 12 – 24 January 41 AD) was Roman emperor from 37 to 41 AD. The son of the popular Roman general Germanicus and Augustus's ...more

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Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 172 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Age: 92

Birthplace: Birán, Cuba

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus]; 13 August 1926 – 25 November 2016) was a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the ...more

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Gary Gensler is listed (or ranked) 173 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Penn35 added Age: 61

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Gary G. Gensler (born October 18, 1957) served as the 11th chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Barack Obama from May 26, 2009, to January 3, 2014. Gensler was ...more
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Bayezid I is listed (or ranked) 174 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 43 (1360-1403)

Birthplace: Edirne, Turkey

Bayezid I (Ottoman Turkish: بايزيد اول‎; Turkish: I. Bayezid, Yıldırım Bayezid (nicknamed Yıldırım (Ottoman Turkish: یلدیرم), "Lightning, Thunderbolt"); 1360 – 8 March 1403) was the ...more
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Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 175 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 65 (1936-2001)

Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Henry Lee Lucas (August 23, 1936 – March 12, 2001) was an American serial killer. Lucas was arrested in Texas and on the basis of his confessions to Texas Rangers, hundreds of unsolved murders ...more