The Most Evil & Dangerous People That Ever Lived

The people on this list have used their power, knowledge and warped ideas in the most lascivious ways.


Some dangerous people are just pure evil.

Evil is defined as “profoundly immoral and malevolent.”

Unfortunately, evil is innate within some people, who, unfortunately, cause terrible tragedies.

The people on this list have used their power, knowledge and warped ideas in the most lascivious ways.


Evil is an understatement for them.

Let’s take a look at the evilest and most dangerous people that have ever lived…

Elizabeth Báthory

One might think that being born into nobility, one may already have everything he or she needs.

Not Elizabeth Báthory.

Elizabeth had thirst for something money could not buy, the blood of young girls.

The Guinness Book Of World Records has labeled her the most prolific female murderer of all time.

It was claimed that she had tortured and killed 650 women.

She was eventually imprisoned in solitary confinement until her death.

Pasha Talaat

Pasha Talaat once said, “If I ever come to power in this country, I will use all my might to exterminate the Armenians.”

Unfortunately, he did come to power and helped rule the Ottoman Empire.

Sadly, he was the mind and leader behind the Armenian Genocide.

He sent out multiple orders to wipe away anything Armenian from the Ottoman Empire.

By the end of his reign, he had overseen the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians.

Josef Mengele

Josef Mengele was a German physician and SS captain under the Third Reich.

He oversaw one of the most horrific death camps in World War II.

He was a lead physician at Auschwitz.

He was given the nickname “Angel of Death,” for his cruel demeanor on the selection ramp (the ramp where people arriving at the camp would be chosen to either live and work or die).

He also utilized prisoners for awful medical experiments.

After the war ended, he was put on the most wanted list, however, he was able to evade his captors until his death.

Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden is the man behind the terror group Al-Qaeda.

However, his name became one of the most hated in history after he organized the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers in New York City.

Close to 3,000 people were killed during the attacks.

The attacks made him the most wanted man on the earth.

He spent the rest of his life in hiding.

He was found and killed, in 2011, during a covert mission by the U.S. government called Operation Neptune Spear.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was the founding father of the People’s Republic of China.

In the early years of his power, he began several campaigns that lead to mass destruction.

In 1957, he launched the “Great Leap Forward” in order to change China’s economy from agrarian to industrial.

However, it backfired and lead to widespread famine and to the death of 15-45 million people.

He then began the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution,” which lead to violent class struggle and widespread destruction of Chinese cultural artifacts.

Adolf Eichmann

Adolf Eichmann worked very closely with Heinrich Himmler, as Eichmann was also charged with facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps, during World War II.

He tried to hide from his crimes after the war.

However, Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, captured him, in 1960, in Argentina.

He was found guilty of war crimes and was hanged in 1962.

Reinhard Heydrich

Many historians regard Reinhard Heydrich as one of the dangerous people within the Nazi elite.

Adolf Hitler even described him as “the man with the iron heart.”

He was one of Hitler’s right-hand man and he was a driving force behind the Holocaust.

Luckily, he was injured in battle in Prague in 1942 and later succumbed to his wounds.

Unfortunately, he was never able to fully pay for his sins.

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein was a brutal leader of Iraq.

He was the driving force behind several campaigns that killed many of his own people.

He would send in his military to kill thousands at a time and was known for using chemical weapons on villages.

He was eventually overthrown, convicted of crimes against humanity and was executed.

Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler was a high ranking official in Nazi Germany and was directly responsible for the Holocaust.

He helped develop the SS as well as to set up and control all Nazi concentration camps.

As the supervisor of all concentration camps, he directed the killing of 6 million people.

Himmler tried to go into hiding once he realized the Nazis were going to lose the war.

However, he was captured by British soldiers.

He committed suicide while in British custody.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, committed some heinous crimes.

He was a rapist and serial killer who dismembered 17 men and boys.

Many of his later murders also included cannibalism and preservation of body parts.

Although diagnosed with multiple mental disorders, he was eventually found to be legally sane enough to go to trial.

He was convicted of his crimes and sentenced to life in prison.

He was beaten to death, by a fellow inmate, in 1994.

Maximilien Robespierre

Maximilien Robespierre was a French lawyer and politician.

However, he was not on the right side of the law and is now known as the most influential figure during the French Revolution and the “Reign of Terror”.

After the French Revolution, in order to maintain political peace, Robespierre believed terror was the way to control the masses.

He decided to kill many (usually by guillotine), who did not have the same ideological beliefs as he.

Mobutu Sese Seko

Mobutu Sese Seko was the military dictator and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997.

During his time in power, he established a one-party state and became the object of a pervasive cult of personality.

He amassed a large fortune while his country went into debt and many citizens were living in poverty.

Also during his time in power, there was a widespread of human rights violations.

He would publicly execute political rivals, continued to incite ethnic violence to cause loss of life and massive internal displacement of thousands, and blocked democratic reform.

Vlad Dracula

Vlad Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, was the Prince of Wallachia.

During his reign, he is said to have some heinous practices.

It was reported that enjoyed impaling his victims and then eating among their corpses and washing his hands in their blood.

Historians report by mass destruction and massacres of villages, the death toll under his reign was between 40,000-100,000 people.

Mengistu Haile Mariam

Mengistu Haile Mariam was the leader of Ethiopia from 1977 to 1991. From 1977-1978, his time in power became known as the Ethiopian Red Terror.

The Ethiopian Red Terror was a violent political campaign against groups who did not believe in Mariam’s Marxist-Leninist ideology.

It has been estimated that just during this period, Mariam and his army killed 500,000-750,000 people.

In 2006, he was convicted, in absentia, for his role in the genocide.

Despite being one of the most dangerous people on Earth, he has never been imprisoned and currently lives in Zimbabwe, a free man.

Kim Il-Sung

Kim Il-sun was the supreme leader of North Korea for 46 years.

Kim Il-sung had complete power over the country and ruled by a cult of personality.

In order to remain in absolute control, Il-sun resorted to harsh reforms and campaigns.

He imprisoned, or killed, many political opponents, and through his land reforms, many died of starvation due to famine.

He ruled over North Korea until his death in 1994.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson was a cult leader who led the commune called the “Manson Family.”

The Manson Family was a group of dangerous people who committed 9 murders over a period of 5 weeks.

The members were following Manson’s ideology of “Helter Skelter.”

Manson believed he was in a race war and killing these people was going to bring on the war.

He was arrested and charged with his crimes and originally sentenced to death.

However, that sentence was changed to life in prison after the death penalty was abolished in California.

Pol Pot

Pol Pot was the totalitarian dictator of Cambodia in the late 1970s.

His reign was only 4 years, however, he was able to cause mass destruction in that time.

He was directly responsible for the death of 3 million people, which at the time was 33% of the country’s total population.

In order to save bullets, he adopted a policy of beating political prisoners to death with sticks, which came to be known as “Killing Fields.”

He is often refered to as one of the most dangerous people in history.

Genghis Khan

Genghis Kahn was a conqueror and the founding father of the Mongolian empire in the middle ages.

It was said that he killed his brother when he was just a boy and was a fearsome warlord by age 20.

In 1206, he was declared the supreme ruler.

He had his eyes set on China.

During his attack on the capital city of China, he used captured women and children as human shields.

He was ruthless in his warfare and had no problem using various methods of torture and murder to get his revenge.

Matthieu Ngirumpatse

Matthieu Ngirumpatse was the chairman of Rwanda’s former-ruling party, the National Revolutionary Movement for Development (NRMD).

During his time in power, he planned the extermination of the Tutsi population and the elimination of members of the opposition.

In 1994, 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. In 2011, he was sentenced to life in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes including rape and sexual violence.

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union.

His ideologies, known as Stalinism, lead to the downfall of his country and the demise of his people.

The Stalinism ideology including policies like state terror, socialism, a cult of personality in leadership and rapid industrialization.

Through police brutality, famine and forced resettlement, historians estimate that 10-20 million people were killed during his reign.

Emperor Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito once ruled Japan, during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

In 1937, he led his troops to battle in order to take over China’s then capital, Nanking.

It led to what is now known as the “Nanking Massacre.”

Hirohito’s troops were also dangerous people who raped and murdered between 200,000-300,00 people.

He also did not believe in capturing POWs, but would rather just kill them.

He was never punished for his actions and reigned over Japan until his death in 1989.

Ivan The Terrible

Ivan the Terrible, or Ivan the Fearsome, was the Grand Prince of Moscow (later switched his title to “Tsar of All the Russias”).

The beginning of his reign was rather peaceful.

However, after his wife died, he became very paranoid and erratic.

He gained absolute power and began enforcing his power with violence, throughout the Russian empire.

He attacked and slaughtered all those he believed were against him.

He’s considered one of the most dangerous people because he once massacred an entire town thinking the whole town was plotting to overthrow him.

Leopold II Of Belgium

Leopold II held the longest reign of any Belgium monarch, 44 years.

However, he also has a bloody history.

He was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State.

He claimed he would help improve the lives of natives.

However, that couldn’t be far from the truth – he is one of the most dangerous people that ever lived.

He forced natives into slave labor and clearly violated human rights.

Millions of Congolese people died under his regime.

He was ultimately never punished, just had to relinquish control of the project in 1908.

Idi Amin

Idi Amin staged a coup in 1971 and took power over Uganda.

After ridding former leader loyalists, Amin began a tyrant path of destruction.

Amin ordered massive massacres motivated by ethnic, political, and financial factors which created a death toll of 500,000.

Amin invaded Tanzania in 1978, but lost and had to flee in Libya.

He was offered asylum in Saudi Arabia where he stayed until his death, of kidney failure, in 2003.

Jim Jones

Jim Jones was the cult leader of the radical leftist group, the People’s Temple.

Jones began the People’s Temple in the 1950s.

However, by the late 1970s, it was reported that there were human rights abuses within the Temple.

The influence of his cult was so strong, he was able to convince 918 of his followers to commit suicide before he could be arrested.

Of those 918 people, 300 were children.

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini was the fascist dictator of Italy, during World War II.

He was allied with Adolf Hitler during the war.

However, this was not his only crime.

He is responsible for several war crimes against the people of Abyssinia (today Ethiopia) and Yugoslavia.

He ordered Italian troops to use mustard gas on civilians, bomb Red Cross hospitals, execute prisoners without trials and much, much more.

He was eventually captured, shot, and will be remembered as one of the most dangerous people to ever live.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Ayatollah Khomeini was an Iranian Shia Muslim religious leader and politician.

He was the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

However, during his reign from 1979-1989, it has been found that his regime committed gross human rights abuses including torture, sexual violence, and unjust imprisonment.

He was not punished for his crimes and died after suffering several heart attacks in 1989.

Timothy McVeigh

In September 1994, Timothy McVeigh and two other dangerous people, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, began plotting the worst domestic terrorist attack in the U.S.

They decided to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building as it would convey his anti-government message and there were lots of areas for great camera angles for media coverage.

He parked a truck in front of the building and at 9:02 am a bomb exploded.

Over 160 people were killed, including 19 children, and over 680 people were wounded.

He was executed for his crimes.

John Wayne Gacy

The “Killer Clown,” John Wayne Gacy, was a serial killer and rapist.

He tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.

He would take many of his victims to his house, where they tragically saw their demise.

He would then bury them on the property.

He was convicted of all 33 murders and sentenced to death in 1980.

He spent 14 years on death row before being executed by lethal injection in 1994.

Most Dangerous People – Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler is considered, by many, the evilest man and one of the most dangerous people to ever walk the Earth.

He was the leader of the Nazi Party and the central force behind the Holocaust.

From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in the deadliest genocide in history.

Along with the 6 million Jews who perished, Hitler also oversaw the death of millions of others he believed were unfit for his “perfect society,” such as gypsies, homosexuals, physically and mentally disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses and many more.

Once he knew that allied forces were going to win, he went into hiding where he committed suicide.



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