While some country leaders are revered as saints due to their immense empathy and contribution towards the development of the various countries they led some years or decades ago.
Others are also seen as the real devil’s incarnate because of their unmatched wickedness.
In this article, we will be looking at the top 10 most wicked presidents of all time.
- Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler is considered a sickly psychopath and megalomaniac. He totally transformed the world in which we live, taking killing more than 21 million victims in Europe and parts of the world
Ruler of Germany from 1939 to 1945, his despicable actions included the genocide of millions of Jews.
2. Idi Amin
Idi Amin aka Don Dada still remains one of the most ruthless presidents of all time. The death toll of his regime amounted to half a million out of 10 million.
He was feared for feeding victims alive to crocodiles. He also kept the decapitated heads of political enemies in his freezer, although he said human flesh was generally “too salty” for his taste.
3. Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong was the spearhead of the “Great Leap Forward” (1958-1962) that is still seen as one of the most insane experiments in social engineering ever.
A few years later, the dictator launched the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” in 1966.
During his time as the president of the People’s Republic Of China, about 15–55 million people died between 1958 and 1962.
4. Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin forced the collectivization of agric which consequently led to widespread famine that cost the lives of countless millions.
Then came the “Great Terror” involving purge after purge of the party apparatus and society. Almost all senior Red Army officers were purged.
5. Pol Pot
Under Pol Pot, money was abolished and all citizens were made to wear the same drab black clothing.
This made Mao’s costumes look fashionable. Intellectuals were summarily murdered—this included people who wore glasses.
6. Leopold II
Millions of Congolese inhabitants, including children, were mutilated, killed, or died from disease during his rule.
Failure to meet rubber collection quotas was punishable by death. Forced labour was instituted to increase production.
Leopold II is said to have killed more than 5 million Congolese nationals.
7. Kim Il-Sung
Kim invaded South Korea in 1950, and in this war, some 3 million people perished, including 12-15% of North Korea’s population.
Subsequent Stalinist economic policies and widespread repression led to poverty and famine in which millions, died.
8. Mengistu Haile Mariam
Mengistu Haile of Ethiopia is alleged to have murdered opponents by garroting or shooting them. Human Rights Watch describes his regime as “one of the most systematic uses of mass murder by a state ever witnessed in Africa.” Over 2 million people were killed.
9. Saddam Hussein
Saddam was notable for using terror against his own people, including mustard and nerve gas to subdue the Kurds.
He attacked Iran in 1980. The war ended in a stalemate and one million dead. he invaded Kuwait in 1990, and another 85,000 dead.
10. Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele aka The Angel Death selected victims to be killed in the gas chambers. The experiments he performed on twins included amputation of limbs, intentionally infecting one twin with typhus, and transfusing the blood of that twin into the other. Unfortunately, he was never captured.