If someone were to ask you to name the most evil person you could think of, you would probably say something along the lines of Hitler, Stalin, or Manson. While all three of those names have become synonymous with evil, there are still countless others who haven't received as much infamy over the years.
Here's a list of five people who were just as deranged, if not more than the names mentioned above, and committed senseless acts of violence against their victims.
Doctors and scientists in the Nazi party are typically the ones associated with human experimentation in World War II, but one of the most synonymous, yet relatively unknown, perpetrators in the war was a member of the Japanese Imperial Army. Shiro Ishii was the Surgeon General of the Japanese army leading up to and during the second world war and had "no regard for human suffering" with his experimentation, torture, and murder of tens of thousands of prisoners from China, Mongolia, and the former Soviet Union.
Ishii's deranged interpretation of science included experimenting on his "patients" by simulating strokes (injected air bubbles into their bodies), subjecting them to frostbite to study tissue damage, and infecting them with anthrax, cholera, and the bubonic plague. Prior to the Japanese surrender in 1945, Ishii's infamous Unit 731 was destroyed so that Allied Forces could not learn of the devastation that took place within the confines of the 150-building complex.
Francisco Macias Nguema's reign as president of the small African nation of Equatorial Guinea started out well enough - he was named president in a democratic election shortly after the country received its independence from Spain in 1968 - but the country's population decreased by more than 300,0000 (through genocide and exiles) by the time he was overthrown and executed a little more than decade later.
Nguema's regime viciously murdered dissidents and foreigners throughout his control of the nation, but several instances of violence are just flat-out bizarre. One particularly infamous incident occurred on Christmas Eve 1969 when 150 political prisoners were lined up and shot in the stadium by security forces dressed up as Santa Claus while the loudspeakers played the Mary Hopkin song "Those Were the Days, My Friend." That same day, 36 other prisoners were told to dig a ditch in which they were subsequently buried up to their necks and left to be eaten by red ants.
Through her death count wasn't as high as the previous two entries, prolific serial killer Jane Toppan (born as Honora Kelley, known to law enforcement and the public as "Jolly Jane"), kept many of her 33 victims in a state somewhere between life and death before eventually allowing them to die.
Toppan, who had a troubled past and family history of severe mental illness (her father allegedly sewed his own eyes shut in a fit of duress), started her path towards infamy when she began studying nursing at Cambridge Hospital in Boston, MA in the late 19th Century. During this time, Toppan began the practice of experimenting on her patients in a number of ways, most notably putting them on a regimen of morphine and atropine to bring them to death's door before bringing them back to life again.
Over the course of her professional life, Toppan confessed to murdering 33 patients and other victims.
Josef Fritzl will perhaps go down as one of the worst fathers to walk this Earth. In 1977, Fritzl tricked and locked up his 17-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, in a makeshift apartment hidden within the family's basement where he would repeatedly abuse his daughter for 24 years. Bad enough as it was, the imprisonment also included the birth of seven children, one of which died shortly after childbirth and was cremated by the deranged father.
It wasn't until one of Elisabeth Frtitzl's now-adult children was in need of emergency medical care in 2008 that Josef Fritzl was caught. Doctors at the hospital notified police when Elisabeth Fritzl and her daughter came in with ashen skin and severe medical issues. Josef Fritzl was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
A lot of people assume that Vlad the Impaler was the sole inspiration for Bram Stoker's "Dracula," but much of the source material was actually inspired by the life and actions of Elizabeth Bathory, who's also known as "The Blood Countess" for her affinity for the beating, torture, and murder of hundreds of women and young girls.
In the late 16th Century and early 17th Century, Bathory was tied to more than 600 victims, and there were more than 300 witnesses who testified against her during her 1610 trial. Bathory was sentenced to life in prison and spent the rest of her life confined in a small prison cell.
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