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The All-Time Worst People in History 

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Updated November 22, 2019 3.7M votes 351.5k 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 Bakr al-Baghdadi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
sebbzor added Age: 48

Birthplace: Samarra, Iraq

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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Shirō Ishii is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 67 (1892-1959)

Birthplace: Shibayama, Japan

Surgeon General Shirō Ishii (石井 四郎, Ishii Shirō, [iɕiː ɕiɾoː]; June 25, 1892 – October 9, 1959) was a Japanese microbiologist and army medical officer who served as the director of Unit 731, a ...more
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Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
jasdfuhdsuahuas added Dec. at 66 (1870-1936)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish (May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American serial killer, child rapist and cannibal. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, ...more

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#12 of 63 The Scariest Serial Killers In History #8 of 19 The Creepiest Wikipedia Pageslisted on Famous American Serial Killers

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Felix Dzerzhinsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
fannon added Dec. at 49 (1877-1926)

Birthplace: Valozhyn Raion

Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky (Polish: Feliks Dzierżyński [ˈfɛliɡz dʑɛrˈʐɨj̃skʲi]; Russian: Фе́ликс Эдму́ндович Дзержи́нский; 11 September [O.S. 30 August] 1877 – 20 July 1926), nicknamed ...more
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Kermit Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Age: 78

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kermit Barron Gosnell (born February 9, 1941) is an American physician and former abortion provider who was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion ...more
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H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 35 (1861-1896)

Birthplace: Gilmanton, New Hampshire, United States of America

Herman Webster Mudgett (May 16, 1861 – May 7, 1896), better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, or more commonly, as H. H. Holmes, was an American serial killer. While he confessed to 27 murders, ...more

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#1,073 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time #17 of 63 The Scariest Serial Killers In Historylisted on Famous American Serial Killers

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Mary Ann Cotton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. at 41 (1832-1873)

Birthplace: County Durham, United Kingdom

Mary Ann Cotton (née Robson; 31 October 1832 – 24 March 1873) was an English serial killer, convicted of, and hanged for, the murder by poisoning of her stepson Charles Edward Cotton. It ...more

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Jack the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer generally believed to have been active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. In both the ...more

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Talaat Pasha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
owenmcfetridge added Dec. at 47 (1874-1921)

Birthplace: Kardzhali, Bulgaria

Mehmed Talaat (Ottoman Turkish: محمد طلعت‎; Turkish: Mehmet Talât; 10 April 1874 – 15 March 1921), commonly known as Talaat Pasha (Ottoman Turkish: طلعت پاشا‎; Turkish: Talât Paşa), ...more
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Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Age: 59

Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey

Charles Edmund Cullen (born February 22, 1960) is an American serial killer. Cullen confessed to authorities that he killed up to forty patients during the course of his sixteen-year career as a ...more

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#7 of 7 7 Serial Killers Who Were Caught by Acts Of Kindness To Their Victims #25 of 41 The Most Prolific American Serial Killerslisted on Famous American Serial Killers

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Aleksandras Lileikis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
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Frederick Osborn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
emm4 added Dec. at 92 (1889-1981)

 

Major General Frederick Henry Osborn (21 March 1889 – 5 January 1981) was an American philanthropist, military leader, and eugenicist. He was a founder of several organizations and played a ...more
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Darya Nikolayevna Saltyk... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
KevinRicks added Dec. at 71 (1730-1801)

Birthplace: Russian Empire

Not to be confused with Darya Petrovna Saltykova. Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova (Russian: Да́рья Никола́евна Салтыко́ва; née Ivanova, Ивано́ва; March 22, 1730 – December 27, 1801), commonly ...more

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Otto von Bolschwing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
cable1 added Dec. at 73 (1909-1982)

Birthplace: Szczurkowo, Poland

Otto Albrecht Alfred von Bolschwing was a German SS-Hauptsturmführer in the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst, the SS intelligence agency. After World War II von Bolschwing became a spy and worked for ...more
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Susan Atkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Beer Drinker added Dec. at 61 (1948-2009)

Birthplace: San Gabriel, California

Susan Denise Atkins (May 7, 1948 – September 24, 2009) was an American convicted mass murderer who was a member of Charles Manson's "Family". Manson's followers committed a series of ...more

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#3 of 20 Creepy Serial Killer Quotes About Their Motivations #1 of 9 9 People Who Committed Crimes While Allegedly Under Hypnosis

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Zodiac Killer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Zodiac Killer is the pseudonym of an unidentified serial killer who operated in Northern California from at least the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, ...more

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Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)

Birthplace: Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Pol Pot (born Saloth Sâr; 19 May 1925 – 15 April 1998) was a Cambodian politician who led Cambodia as the Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea between 1976 to 1979. Ideologically a ...more

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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)

Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria

Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] (listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP). He ...more

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Gertrude Baniszewski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. at 61 (1929-1990)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

The murder of Sylvia Likens was a child murder which occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana in October 1965. Likens, a 16-year-old girl, was held captive and subjected to increasing levels of child ...more
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Miyuki Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
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Birthplace: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan

Miyuki Ishikawa (石川 ミユキ, Ishikawa Miyuki, born 1897, date of death unknown) was a Japanese midwife and serial killer who is believed to have murdered many infants with the aid of several ...more

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Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)

Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany

Josef Mengele ([ˈjoːzɛf ˈmɛŋələ] (listen); 16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979), also known as the Angel of Death (German: Todesengel) and the White Angel (German: der Weisse Engel or Weißer ...more

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Otmar Freiherr von Versc... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
Dec. at 73 (1896-1969)

Birthplace: Wildeck, Germany

Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer (16 July 1896 – 8 August 1969) was a German human biologist and geneticist, who was the Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Münster until his 1965 ...more
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Bashar al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
ahmedmansoormy added Age: 53

Birthplace: Damascus, Syria

Bashar Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎ Baššār Ḥāfiẓ al-ʾAsad, Levantine pronunciation: [baʃˈʃaːr ˈħaːfezˤ elˈʔasad]; English pronunciation ; born 11 September 1965) is a Syrian ...more

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Jane Toppan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History
FreedomFighter added Dec. at 81 (1857-1938)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Jane Toppan (August 17, 1854 – October 29, 1938), born Honora Kelley, was an American serial killer, nicknamed "Jolly Jane". After her arrest in 1901, she confessed to 31 murders. She ...more

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Richard Kuklinski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Worst People in History