History may have let us know a lot about the “terrifying historical villains.” However, there are very many omissions and misconceptions. So we have decided to dig out the top ten most weird facts about historical villains for your reading pleasure.
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10. Osama Bin Laden had a large library of pornography
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What makes this take a spot on top ten most weird facts about historical villains is that, given his immense criticism of western lifestyle, it is extremely surprising that Osama Bin Laden was discovered – after the 2011 raid that killed him – to have had an extensive collection of pornography hidden in his home. Whilst it is debatable whether the videos belonged to him or to his comrades, the irony is the stern criticism Bin Laden had about western sexuality and America’s exploitation of women.
9. Pietro Caruso almost did not make it to his execution
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Pietro Caruso was one of the most terrifying historical villains during the Second World War, most infamous for the massacre in Fosse Ardeatine in March 1944 in which over 300 members of the Communist military resistance group were arranged and shot. After the world war, he was tried for war crimes and sentenced to execution. However, he almost did not make it to his own funeral as his guard was stormed by furious Romans before the shooting and attempted to drown him in the river.
8. Saddam Hussein was a bestselling author
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Saddam Hussein may be considered by many as one of the most terrifying historical villains of his time. However, rarely would you have listed amongst the facts about famous historical villains that they were bestselling authors, except of course Adolf Hitler. Saddam Hussein, one of the famous historical villains, authored Zabibah and the King, an instant bestseller in Iraq. He also wrote the Impenetrable Fortress and many other works until his execution in 2004.
7. Fidel Castro was a drug trafficker
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Fidel Castro may have been a ‘messiah’ to many Cubans and one of the most famous historical villains to the rest of the western or non-communist world but he was also a respected drug trafficker. Fidel Castro made millions of dollars from the drug trade in the 1980s, which he used in keeping his country’s struggling economy afloat. Notorious drug trafficker of Cuban-American origin Reinaldo Ruiz was caught on tape bragging of paying Fidel Castro for the drugs he shipped through Cuba into America.
6. Jeffrey Dahmer was a born-again Christian
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The story of the most terrifying historical villains of all-time took a strange turn when he went to prison. Dahmer became increasingly obsessed with the theory of salvation. One of America’s most famous historical villains, he spoke to Curt Booth, a minister who visited him regularly in prison, and expressed regret for all he did. He also requested for a Bible course. Jeffrey Dahmer was then baptized and distributed bible courses to other inmates.
5. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer had a Cheyenne love child
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The chief perpetrator of the 1868 Waschita River Massacre in which, afterward, many women and children, mostly of Cheyenne origin, were captured and made prisoners of war. One of these Cheyenne women, Meotzi became his interpreter and mistress. Meotzi took Lieutenant Colonel Armstrong Custer as his husband. Their child was called Yellow Swallow.
4. One of the first soup kitchens was started by Al-Capone
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One of the facts about historical villains is that they can be often prone to sudden acts of kindness. This could be said of one of the most famous historical villains of American origin, second to Billy the Kid. Al-Capone who was better known as a gangster and bootlegger ran the Capone Free Soup Kitchen, which served over 120,000 free meals, according to the 1931 Chicago Tribune. This good gesture continued even after Capone’s arrest and imprisonment.
3. Billy the Kid almost had a pardon
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It took William Henry McCarthy Jr. alias Billy the Kid just 19 years to achieve infamy as one of the most famous historical villains in the United States of the day. He soon grew tired of crime, writing in 1878 to the governor of New Mexico that he had grown tired of crime. He was offered a pardon if he could turn himself in and testify about the Lincoln County War, which he did, but did not earn himself a pardon. Rather, he was confined. Billy escaped confinement and embarked on his notorious crime spree until 1878. In 2002, newly elected Governor Bill Richardson also considered giving Billy the Kid a posthumous pardon but later changed his mind.
2. Kim Jong Il organized operas
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There is every reason this makes second on our list of facts about historical villains. First, we all know the about how Kim Jong Il’s notorious infamy for starving his people and murdering his opposition. Secondly, we do not necessarily consider North Korea as an artsy nation – or maybe not. The 1971 Kim Jong Il staged opera Sea of Blood, was highly successful, receiving praise from both Chinese and western critics. Kim Jong Il was trained in theater, music and film.
1. Napoleon Bonaparte was a tall man
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This ranks first on our list of weird facts about historical villains simply because it is a global ideology that Napoleon Bonaparte, the French political and military leader was a very short man. In fact, by French standards then, Napoleon was tall as he measured 1.69 meters, as the 5 feet 2 inches he measured was in French measurement. Certainly, 1.69 meters cannot be considered, even by today’s standards, to be short.
These are the list of top ten facts about terrifying historical villains we have so far uncovered. Feel free to share your opinions about these famous historical villains. What do you think we missed? We love your opinion.