Monday, February 28, 2011

Most Hated Politicians - The Funny Version

Most Hated Politicians Funny
We've been repeatedly accused of promoting hatred on internet which is certainly not true :-) . We rather prefer to say that we help people understand the nature of evil. Anyway, we're not trying to apologize for what we're doing as we already learned from a famous French saying that 'qui sʾexcuse, sʾaccuse' meaning 'he who excuses, accuses himself'. We answer to these allegations in our own way, by posting a very popular game on internet that will help you understand how funny and ridiculous this 'most hated' category can be. Enjoy it:






Sunday, February 27, 2011

Top 10 Most Evil Women in History



We all have a tendency to focus on the evil men in the world and forget some of the truly evil women that have left their mark to history. This list is intended to correct this. Here we have not just evil serial killers, but other utterly despicable women who have caused tragedy in many people’s lives. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 most evil women in history.
#10. Queen Mary IBorn: 1516; Died: 1558
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Mary was the only child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to live past infancy. Crowned after the death of Edward VI and the removal of The Nine Days Queen-Lady Jane Grey, Mary is chiefly remembered for temporarily and violently returning England to Catholicism. Many prominent Protestants were executed for their beliefs leading to the moniker “Bloody Mary”. Fearing the gallows a further 800 Protestants left the country, unable to return until her death. It should be noted that Elizabeth I shares position 10 on this list for her equally bad behavior.





#9. Myra HindleyBorn: 1942; Died: 2002
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Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were responsible for the “Moors murders” occurring in the Manchester area of Britain in the mid 1960’s. Together these two monsters were responsible for the kidnapping, sexual abuse, torture and murder of three children under the age of twelve and two teenagers, aged 16 and 17. A key found in Myra’s possession led to incriminating evidence stored at a left-luggage depot at Manchester Central Station. The evidence included a tape recording of one of the murder victims screaming as Hindley and Brady raped and tortured her. In the final days before incarceration, she developed a swagger and arrogant attitude that became her trademark. Police secretary Sandra Wilkinson has never forgotten seeing Hindley and her mother Nellie, leaning against the courthouse eating sweets. While the mother was obviously and understandably upset, Hindley seemed indifferent and uncaring of her situation.
#8. Isabella of CastileBorn: 1451; Died: 1504
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Isabella I of Spain, well known as the patron of Christopher Columbus, with her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, are responsible for making possible the unification of Spain under their grandson Carlos I. As part of the drive for unification, Isabella appointed Tomás de Torquemada as the first Inquisitor General of the inquisition. March 31, 1492 marks the implementation of the Alhambra Decree; expulsion edicts forcing the removal or conversion of Jews and Muslims. Roughly 200,000 people left Spain; those remaining who chose conversion were subsequently persecuted by the inquisition investigating Judaizing conversos. In 1974, Pope Paul VI opened her cause for beatification. This places her on the path toward possible sainthood. In the Catholic Church, she is thus titled Servant of God.

#7. Beverly AllittBorn: 1968
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The “Angel of Death, Beverley Gail Allit, is one of Britain’s most well known serial killers. Working as a pediatric nurse, she is responsible for the murder of 4 children and the serious injury of 5 others in her care. When available, insulin or potassium injections were used to precipitate cardiac arrest; smothering sufficed when they were not. Although convicted with death or injury in nine cases, Allit attacked thirteen children over a fifty-eight day period before being caught red-handed. Allit has never spoken of the motive for her crimes, but Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy explains her actions. This debatable personality disorder involves a pattern of abuse or harm to someone in your care in order to garner attention (Alitt was known as a child to wear bandages and casts over wounds, but would not allow them to be examined).
#6. Belle GunnessBorn: 1859; Died: 1931
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Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. Standing 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and weighing in at over 200 lbs (91 kg), she was an imposing and powerful woman of Norwegian descent. It is likely that she killed both her husbands and all of her children at different times, but it is certain that she murdered most of her suitors, boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. The motive was greed-pure and simple; life insurance policies and assets stolen or swindled from her suitors became her source of income. Most reports put her death toll at more than twenty victims over several decades, with some claiming in excess of one hundred. Inconsistencies during her post mortem examination; the corpse was reported to be two inches shorter than Belle’s six feet, paved the way for Belle Gunnes to enter American criminal folklore, a female Bluebeard.
#5. Mary Ann CottonBorn: 1832; Died: 1873
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Englishwoman Mary Ann Cotton is another for-profit serial killer, predating Belle Gunnes by thirty years. Married at age twenty to William Mowbray, the newlyweds settled in Plymouth, Devon, to start their family. The couple had five children, four of whom died of ‘gastric fever and stomach pains’. Moving back to the north-east, tragedy seemed to follow them; three more children born, three more children died. William soon followed his offspring, dying of an ‘intestinal disorder’ in January 1865. British Prudential promptly paid a 35 pound dividend, and a pattern was established. Her second husband, George Ward, died of intestinal problems as well as one of her two remaining children. The power of the press, always a force to be reckoned with, caught up with Mary Ann. The local newspapers discovered that as Mary Ann moved around northern England, she lost three husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother and a dozen children, all dying of stomach fever. She was hanged at Durham County Gaol, March 24, 1873, for murder by arsenic poisoning. She died slowly, the hangman using too short a drop for a ‘clean’ execution.




#4. Ilse KochBorn: 1906; Died: 1967


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'Die Hexe von Buchenwald' the Witch of Buchenwald, or 'Buchenwälder Schlampe' the Bitch of Buchenwald was the wife of Karl Koch, commandant of the concentration camps Buchenwald from 1937 to 1941, and Majdanek from 1941 to 1943. Drunk on the absolute power rendered by her husband, she reveled in torture and obscenity. Infamous for her souvenirs; tattoos taken from the murdered inmates, her reputation for debauchery was well earned. After building an indoor sports arena in 1940, with 250,000 marks stolen from inmates, Ilsa was promoted to Oberaufseherin or “chief overseer” of the few female guards at Buchenwald. She committed suicide by hanging herself at Aichach women’s prison on September 1, 1967.

#3. Irma GreseBorn: 1923; Died: 1945
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Another product of the Nazi’s final solution, Irma Grese or the “Bitch of Belsen” was a guard at concentration camps Ravensbrück, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Transferred to Auschwitz in 1943, (she must have shown particular enthusiasm and dedication to the job), she was promoted to Senior Supervisor, the 2nd highest ranking female in camp, by the end of the year. In charge of over 30,000 Jewish female prisoners, she reveled in her work. Her work included; savaging of prisoners by her trained and half starved dogs, sexual excesses, arbitrary shootings, sadistic beatings with a plaited whip, and selecting prisoners for the gas chamber. She enjoyed both physical and emotional torture and habitually wore heavy boots and carried a pistol to facilitate both.

#2. Katherine KnightBorn: 1956 - in prison
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The first Australian woman to be sentenced to a natural life term without parole, Katherine Knight had a history of violence in relationships. She mashed the dentures of one of her ex-husbands and slashed the throat of another husband’s eight-week-old puppy before his eyes. A heated relationship with John Charles Thomas Price became public knowledge with an Apprehended Violence Order that Price had filed against Knight and ended with Knight stabbing Price to death with a butcher’s knife. He had been stabbed at least 37 times, both front and back, with many of the wounds penetrating vital organs. She then skinned him and hung his “suit” from the door frame in the living room, cut off his head and put it in the soup pot, baked his buttocks, and prepared gravy and vegetables to accompany the ‘roast’. The meal and a vindictive note were set out for the children, luckily discovered by police before they arrived home.
#1. Elizabeth BathoryBorn: 1560; Died: 1614
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Countess Bathory is generally considered the most infamous serial killer in Hungarian and Slovak history. Rumors had circulated for years about missing peasant girls; offered well paid work at the castle, they were never seen again. One of these rumors reached the ears of King Mathias II, who sent a party of men to the massive Castle Csejthe. The men found one girl dead and one dying. Another was found wounded and others locked up. Described atrocities, collected from testimony of witnesses, include; severe beatings over extended periods of time, the use of needles, burning or mutilation of hands, sometimes also of faces and genitalia, biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other bodily parts, and the starving of victims. The victim total is thought to number in the hundreds occurring over a twenty-five year period. Due to her social status she was never brought to trial but remained under house arrest in a single room until her death. The idea that the Countess bathed in the blood of her victims is folklore, and one of the few things she did not do.
In order to clear one point up, Lizzie Borden is not on this list because she was found innocent of the murder of her parents.


From http://listverse.com

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Judas Iscar­iot

Judas IscariotThis is a special case in history. Nowadays we use to call anyone who’s a trai­tor Judas. That is how much we hate the guy. He will go down as prob­a­bly the most hated per­son in the history of the world since the term Judas has entered many languages as a synonym for betrayer. At least for Christians he became the archetypal traitor and everyone hates traitors but this traitor always had a spe­cial treatment since he is the only one who had the chance to betray God himself.


So, we really don't know if he deserved or not to be hated that much but that's really not our job since God himself put this guy on top of my most hated list. I could not question His judgement jumping into philosophical speculations. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Five Characteristics of Stupid Criminals

Stupid criminals are everyone's favorite joke. The news, television shows, and Internet videos all enjoy making fun of stupid criminals. It is always comforting to know that there is someone out there who is dumber than we are.

There are a number of characteristics that most stupid criminals share. For instance:

Characteristic Number 1: They never have a plan. Even the fact that so many of them get caught on camera proves this, as a smart criminal would never leave behind a sure-fire way to get caught. Additionally, these dumb offenders never seem to have any idea what to do next, instead bumbling through a series of mistakes that inevitably ends with them getting caught.

Characteristic Number 2: They typically take an average crime and screw it up beyond belief. Take, for instance, the liquor store robber who climbed into the building through the roof at night. Never mind the tried-and-true technique of entering the store masked and armed and demanding all the money in the cash register, this guy decided he was going to reinvent the wheel. Unfortunately, his bright idea didn't work out so well after all: He couldn't figure out how to get back out of the store afterward, and the security cameras caught the whole thing on video anyway.

Characteristic Number 3: They give themselves away. Some people seem to forget that this is the twenty-first century, and that there are such things as fingerprinting, video cameras, and other technology for tracking down criminals. As a result, you often find these outlaws forgetting to wear a mask and gloves, or take other precautions for preventing themselves from being discovered.

Characteristic Number 4: They never know when the game is up. In the 1990s, there was a video of a man who was pulled over for speeding, and then ran away from the cop on foot, never mind that the cop had his keys, his license, and his car. A lot of stupid criminals are like this: They just don't know when to quit. Running or fighting when you are good and caught is always a bad idea.

Characteristic Number 5: They almost always get caught. One hallmark of a stupid criminal is that he almost always lands himself in jail. Part of what is so funny about these crooks is that the mistakes they make almost always result in them getting caught.

Stupid criminals always do the darnedest things. There are a lot of them out there, but thankfully this usually means more entertainment for us. If someone you know tends to exhibit these traits, chances are you know a stupid criminal.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The 100 Most Despicable People of All Time

Article from Big Empire.


The Big Empire salutes the 100 Most Despicable People of All Time. These are people whose cruelty, nauseating cuteness, or all-around creepiness have netted them a position in immortality. The list includes people you may not know, because not only the rich and famous are wicked and cruel. On those names you don't recognize, you'll just have to take our word that you don't ever want to meet them. The number in parentheses after each name is the number of votes each despicable person got from our panel of experts.

100. Dave Barry (4) - Until he gives Brett "alert reader" status, we will hate him
99. Joe McCarthy (5) So jerky!
98. Little Jimmy Filmstrip, the inane mascot of AMC Theatres (5) Grrrrrrrrrrr!
97. The cast of Saturday Night Live (6) Revolting!
96. Dr. Evil ( 6) Evil! Really Evil!
95. Jeffrey Katzenberg (6) Eisner was right on the money about this midget.
94. Dr. Kevorkian ( 7) Deadly!
93. Xerxes of Persia (7) Despotic!
92. The developer who built Vista Shores over part of Muir Woods (8) ­ Feeble-minded!
91. The Joker (8) Villainous!
90. Benedict Arnold (8) Turn-coat!
89. Richard Wagner (8) Creepy!
88. Philip of Macedonia (9) Greedy!
87. Aaron Spelling (9) - First Charlie's Angels, then Tori. What could his devious mind have planned next?
86. Dr. Goldfoot (9) for the abomination that was the bikini machine.
85. Dr. No (10) for being so goshdarn negative.
84. Rob Schneider (10) - He's the only person in America who has to get better to be as funny as Adam Sandler.
83. That punk kid that Dirty Harry had to blow away (10) ­ The only good thing to be said about him is that he made Dirty Harry's day.
82. Lex Luthor (10) Scheming!
81. Jim Carrey (10) Putrid!
80. Daddy Warbucks (10) - He has no pupils! That's just plain unnatural.
79. Don Rickles (10) Mean!
78. Augusto Pinochet (11) Malevolent!
77. Nora Ephron (10) Icky!
76. Dan Ackroyd (10) for believing he can represent the blues.
75. Jerry Lewis (10) because even though he's adored by the French, he's still not a nice man.
74. Howard Stern (10) for making the FCC require that any list of influential people include his name.
73. Phil Knight (11) for amoral business practices and being such a visible embodiment of insatiable corporate money-grubbing.
72. Danielle Steel (11) for writing so many volumes of total crap.
71. Hillary Rodham Clinton (12) for trying to ride sympathy to a senate seat, though she's no angel herself.
70. Jeff Bezos (12) for being inescapable.
69. Ronald Reagan (12) for being such a creepy, sleazy, deficit-spending head of a nation. 
68. Tom Shane (12) - No matter what he says, he ain't no friend of mine.
67. Peter Frampton (12) for his own excessive guitar noodling.
66. Lenny Kravitz (13) for ripping off the excessive guitar noodling of dead people.
65. Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine (13) for being such an obvious poseur.
64. Justin from "The Real World" (13) - That backbiting little bitch! I thought he was the normal one.
63. Al Capone (13) for besmirching Valentine's Day with gangster gore.
62. Madonna (14) for the whole pointy boob debacle.
61. The security guard at Stanford (14) for trying to take away my skateboard when I was 15.
60. Mel Sharples (15) - Vera was a sweetheart, but you wouldn't know it talking to this jerk.
59. Gene Roddenberry (15) for creating a monster.
58. Saddam Hussein (15) for tryin' to mess with the U.S.A. ... U!S!A! U!S!A!




57. Ryan Keith (16) for being the snootiest kid in the UC Irvine Civil Engineering Program
56. Maria Salas (16) for being such a toadying, disgusting quote whore.
55. Bill Gates (16) - One can't help but feel that someone so rich is despicable for not just giving away, like, a billion dollars.
54. Colonel Sanders (17) for killing more people than the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel combined.
53. Ted Turner (16) for colorizing Casablanca, that doof!
52. George Bush (17) for being such a creepy, sleazy head of a nation.
51. Jack the Ripper (17) for disemboweling women and then having a whole episode of "In Search Of" devoted to him.
50. Rob Proctor (18) ­ According to him, every single one of you has an attitude problem.
49. Mohammar El Quadafi (18) - That bombing pipsqueak tried to mess with the USA! Freakin' Libya! Huh!
48. Paul O'Neill (18) ­ He's an arrogant fuck.
47. Randy Shandis (18) - This one goes without saying.
46. Emperor Hirohito (18) ­ Remember the Arizona!
45. Ignatz Mouse (19) - Although at times he's sweet, he really shouldn't always hit Krazy Kat with a brick.
44. Slobodan Milosevic (19) - Why couldn't the evil, genocidal dictators be named John Smith once in a while? It would make our lives so much easier.
43. Jim Davis (19) Somebody shove Garfield up his ass. Even he knows his strip isn't funny. 
42. King Nebuchadnezzar (19) ­ Because he believed he was greater than God, God made him act like a cow. Ah, comeuppance!
41. Little Monkey on Super Mario 64 who steals Mario's hat (20) - Mario looks really dumb without his hat, and besides, it doesn't belong to the monkey.
40. The women who wrote the song "Happy Birthday To You" (20) - Enough already!
39. The Staff of Gaming Today (20)- We're probably legally obligated not to accuse them of stealing from us, but they did!
38. Whichever cab driver happens to be honking his or her horn somewhere in New York City right at this moment (20) - That terrible sound bores into our brains.
37. Sam Degennicus (21)- I don't know if that's how his last name was spelled, but this pretentious, long-haired phony had the girls at my school fooled.
36. Harry S Truman (21) ­ He unleashed the destructive power of the nuclear bomb on the civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
35. King Herod (22) ­ You have to be pretty damn insecure to go around killing babies.
34. All the girls that told Brett to get lost in the past millennium (22) - That list is pretty long; it will probably only be surpassed by the number of girls that will tell Brett to get lost in the new millennium
33. Bjorn Borg (22) ­ We hold him personally responsible for that damn hairstyle now used by such asses as Don Sutton and Kenny G.
32. Don Sutton (22) ­ "a classless jerk," LA Times letters to the editor, October '99
31. The makers of "Full House" (22) ­ It's horrible!
30. The makers of Soylent Green (23) ­ It's people!
29. Will Clark (23) ­ The Thrill may be gone, but we will only be happy when he is dead
28. Ben Affleck (23) ­ We hope this smug, worthless frat boy ends up dead in a ditch, with a pitchfork rammed up his ass.
27. Queen Jezebel (24) ­ Even her dogs hated her, except as dinner.
26. Adam Sandler (25) - He urinates on buildings (literally) and on movie audiences (figuratively).
25. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (25) - He always used to cheat to win--always!
24. Nero (25) ­ He didn't even fiddle particularly well.
23. Roger Smith of General Motors (25) ­ The cowardly prick refused to grant Michael Moore a personal interview.
22. O. J. Simpson (25) - What, you think he's on this list because of his Hertz commercials?
21. Jesse Helms (25) - He embodies the worst of self-righteousness, while we represent the best of it.
20. Cardinal Richilieu (26) - We've had enough of his power mad antics!
19. Dr. Shrinker (26) - He made everyone feel so very small.
18. Jim Jones (26) ­ He inspired a generation's worth of tacky Flavor-Aid jokes.
17. Marie Antoinette (26) - That "cake" comment was just so bitchy! And, we hate her for flaunting that nobility crap right into her grave,
16. Those kids who don't let the rabbit eat Trix (27)- After all these years, would it kill them to show a little mercy?
15. Richard Simmons (28) ­ A little known fact is that the punishment on the fifth circle of Hell is forced viewing of "Sweatin' to the Oldies II."
14. Lucille Ball (30) - She is so unfunny that it kills us.
13. Christopher Columbus (30)­ What he really discovered was how to kill the native peoples of the New World.
12. Walt Disney (30) -His vision had the innate potential of being twisted into the disease of corporate greed that his name now represents.
11. The Emperor Caligula (31) - Emperor Caligula believed that being the leader of his country gave him the right to bend sexual mores around himself. And, according to many eminent historians, he was one skanky ho.
10. Judas Iscariot (31)
Faster than you can say "thirty pieces of silver," this disloyal son of a bitch betrayed Jesus to the Romans. That was not a good thing to do at all. Anyway, what could thirty pieces of silver get you back in those days? A pack of gum? However, unlike everybody else on this list, he was finally sorry for what he did and hung himself.
 9. Pat Buchanan (32)
Each time this intolerant boob runs for office, imagining what life would be like under his thumb scares the poop out of me. He promises to make the presidency "a bully pulpit" for his own backward set of values. That means hard times for anyone who doesn't look like Heidi's grandfather (see #1). And the worst thing is that he keeps repeating "bully pulpit" over and over, and it's really super annoying. I'd like to bully pulpit him!







8. Mike Piazza (35)
Not only is this bum incapable of throwing out baserunners or stopping low pitches, but his hair looks like somebody's guinea pig climbed up on his head and crapped down his neck. Perhaps Mr. Piazza ranks as so despicable because a large fraction of the selection committee had to see him naked in the Mets clubhouse earlier this year. His doughy belly and glazed-over stare make an indelible impression. Mr. Piazza is the epitome of stupid and arrogant, while being an ugly son-of-a-bitch.



7. Tommy Lasorda (40)
Tommy Lasorda is fat and evil, in that order. He forced his way into our world in 1927, and God only knows when we'll be rid of his sorry and blubbery ass. In 20 years with the Dodgers, he took baseball's best farm system and made them perennially mediocre. Also, during that time, he was more interested in being America's most disgusting celebrity than a manager. Of late, Tommy hasn't been getting enough pasta, so he's been shoving his foot in his mouth by spewing lies about how he illegally signed a 15 year old Cuban kid. We don't want to guess what else Tommy did to him.


6. Richard Nixon (40)
Tricky Dick was shady, shady enough for a whole damn forest. First, he was so power-hungry he broke the law, and then he was vain enough to keep thorough records of his illegal activities. Second, his antics disillusioned an entire nation and forced them to turn to disco and Gerald Ford for solace. Finally, if I have to hear one more person say, "I am not a crook" and wiggle his slobbery jowls, I will go nuts.



5. Ming the Merciless (46)
King Features Syndicates says Ming is a "Tyrant. Dictator. The most evil and most hated man in the universe," If the people who make the Sunday Funnies believe this, imagine what other world leaders think. Perhaps he is not mentioned alongside tyrants Slobodan Milosevic and Prime Minister Chretien because he's just too frightening. Ming is easily the most ruthless Chinese leader our experts could think of, and he apparently ruled in outer space. The history books say Ming viciously enslaved the inhabitants of Mongo, and then he started holding pretty girls against their wills. His dynasty is a chilly reminder that as long there is evil and outer space, we will never be truly safe.


4. Matt's mom (84)
Matt's mom has lived a nearly saint-like existence of giving to me and my three ungrateful sisters. But, when she was despicable, she was horrid. At age five, Matt was caught scrawling "Matt Loves his Mom" on a neighbor's wall and when his mother found out, she sent him to his room. And once she served "Pickle Surprise Meatloaf." It was awful, but worse still was that the "surprise" was the pickle. That's like Agatha Christie naming one of her mysteries "The Butler Did It." She has made Matt the bitter, incompetent prune of a man he is today.


3. Rupert Murdoch (68)
"For better or for worse, our company (News Corp) is a reflection of my thinking, my character, my values." -- Rupert Murdoch
Bringing crappy tabloid journalism to the limeys and shitty baseball to Los Angeles are the equivalent of pouring piss down people's throats while you punch them in the stomach. His greasing of LA Mayor Riordan's palm for $49,000 and his Sun's payment of $50,000 for photos of Diana smell of character and values about as refreshing as an armpit on a summer afternoon in Hong Kong.




2. Adolf Hitler (185 points)
Throughout human history, hundreds of evil, bigoted, murderous, greedy, despotic, chicken-necked rulers have wreaked havoc in people's lives, but this sicko sunk to new lows and became a brand name for ethnic cleansing and deranged fascism in the process. Not only did he attempt world domination while killing off anyone who didn't look like Heidi, he also irrevocably ruined khaki and Alsatians for everybody else. In the words of one Big Empire expert, "Man, what a fascist jerk!"






1. Josef Stalin (110)
I'm no historian, but my response to this particular result was, "No doubt!" Stalin wasn't even this guy's real name. He only called himself that because it translated to "Man of Steel," or "Metal-head" or something like that. I'm not making this up. He was the type of guy who would plot to gain power and then kill all his friends because he thought they were plotting against him. So he killed his friends, family, nation and when he finished he started with the other nations. That kind of behavior certainly doesn't get you invited to parties. He was also the type of guy who would murder tens of millions of people, just because he could. He holds the world record with more than 60 million deaths.

Other Villains of Note: Dianne Rheem , Any programmer for the American Forces Network (AFN), the guy who invented Muzak, Scott Adams, Andy Warhol, Charles Manson, the Marquis de Sade, The Bad, The Ugly, Steve Wynn and Jewel


Historic Criminals of Wall Street

Wall Street Sharks

Over the years Wall Street has had it's share of criminals, who left behind despair and loss. To fully understand what these criminals did we must examine the individuals themselves, what they did and what is the legacy that they leave behind as a result of their misdeeds. While no two are alike the lasting effects of their crimes can still be felt by Main Street to this very day. In the article below we will examine as well as gain a greater understanding of some of the largest Wall Street shar to include: Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Bernard Ebbers and Richard Whitney.

Criminals of Wall Street

A criminal is someone who has committed a crime and been found guilty in a court of law of committing that crime or others. Since the beginning Wall Street has always had the criminals trying to hide themselves among the honest business people. The crimes or scams that they have committed have been everything from insider trading to fleecing the companies they run and investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. Below are some of the most famous and unscrupulous Wall Street criminals.

Ivan Boesky 
Ivan Boesky in Time magazine
Ivan Boesky's career on Wall Street began in 1966 as a stock analyst. In 1975 he had started his own arbitrage firm. By the 1980's his net worth was estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. Ivan looked for companies that were the target of takeovers. He would then buy a stake in the company on speculation that news of a takeover was going to be announced and then sell the shares after the announcement for a profit. Throughout the 1980's corporate mergers and takeovers were enormous. It 1986 there was almost 3,000 mergers worth $130 billion. Before the deals were announced the price of the stocks were rising as a result of someone acting on inside information that a takeover or leveraged buyout was going to be announced. When something like this happens it a sign insider trading (where you are acting on information that is not made available to the public) and is illegal. This was indeed the case with the Pacific Lumbar three days before the deal was announced Boesky had purchase 10,000 shares. As result of these and other insider trading activities Boesky was charged with stock manipulation from inside information on November 14, 1986. He agreed to pay $100 million fine along with being banned from trading stock professionally for life and serve time in a federal prison . He cooperated with the SEC, taping his conversations with Junk Bond Firms and others. This led to both Drexel Burnham and Michael Milken being charged with securities fraud. The legacy that he leaves is one where greed at any cost does not work. If you break the law eventually you will be caught. As result of these actions of Boesky and others, Congress passed the Insider Trading Act of 1988. The act increases penalties for insider trading, provides cash rewards to whistle blowers, and allows individuals to sue for damages because of insider trading violations.




Michael Milken: In the 1980's Michael Milken was known as the junk bond king. A junk bond is nothing more than those corporations who have a high probability of not paying the money back. If you wanted to raise money through high yield or junk bonds Milken was the person to call. He used these bond to finance merger and acquisitions as well as leveraged buyouts (LBO's) for corporate raiders. What he was doing was nothing more than a complex pyramid scheme. When one company would default he would then refinance some more debt. In turn both Milken and the Drexel Burnham would continue to make their fees as a result of this action. Drexel Burnham had made at least half of it's profits from the work of Milken. Later on Milken also started purchasing stock in companies that he knew would become potential takeover targets. When Ivan Boesky was charged with insider trading in 1986 he helped implicate both the firm and Milken in several insider trading scandals. This led to criminal charges against the firm and over 70 charges against Milken. He plead guilty and was sentenced 10 years in prison and paid $1 billion in fines. It is argued that the Savings and Loan crisis in the late 1980's and early 1990's resulted because so many of the institutions held large of amounts of Milken junk bonds. This resulted in a huge government bailout. After he was released from prison he focused his attention on his foundation which supports cancer research, an economic think tank and education.




Bernard Ebbers


Bernard "Bernie" Ebbers was the CEO of a small long distance company called World Com. With in 17 years he had taken the company to a position of dominance in the telecommunications industry. By 2002 the company had filled the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. What happened is that over a six year period is the company had made 63 acquisitions the largest one was MCI in 1997. This created several problems for the company in that it can be difficult to integrate the old company with the new. Second it threw massive amounts of debt on the company's balance sheet. To keep earnings growing the company would write millions of dollars in losses of the company it acquired in the current quarter and then have smaller losses going forward so that there was the perception that the company was making more money than it really was. This gave World Com the ability to take smaller charges against its earnings every year and spread the large losses over decades. All of this worked great until the Justice Department denied the company's acquisition of Sprint in 2000. When the company filed for bankruptcy they admitted that it inappropriately booked these losses from previous acquisitions from the period of 1999 to 2002. Ebbers also took personal loans from the company and resigned as CEO in April 2002. He was convicted of fraud, conspiracy and filling false documents with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Ebbers legacy created tighter reporting standards with the creation of the Sarbanes Oxley Act in 2002 as well as the forbidding of personal loans to officers of the company and stiffer penalties for financial related crimes.

Richard Whitney 


Richard Whiteny was the President of the New York Stock Exchange from 1930 to 1935. On October 24, 1929 he bought shares in many companies and the market had dramatic turnaround. This allowed him to be viewed as a hero to the market but did little to prevent it's inevitable crash five days later. By 1930 he was made the President of the New York Stock Exchange. Whitney, was an unlucky gambler who played penny and blue chip stocks aggressively. To cover his losses he would borrow money from friends and business acquaintances. This would allow him to buy even more stock in a market that was collapsing, which made his problems even worse. In spite of all of this happening he continued to live a lavish lifestyle. When he could no longer borrow any more money he began to embezzle money from the from his customers as well as an organization to help widows and orphans. As time went on his fraud continued to become more perverse when he looted the New York Stock Exchange's Gratuity Fund of up to $1 million. This was fund was suppose to pay $20,000 to each members estate upon death, as treasurer he decided that it was proper for him to steal from it. After an audit discovered the embezzlement he was charged with two counts of embezzlement and sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison. The newly formed Securities and Exchange Commission required more frequent audits, it set caps on how much debt firms can have and customer accounts are now separate from the property of brokerage firms. This is the legacy that Richard Whitney left to Main Street.

Conclusion

Since Wall Street's earliest days there have been criminals who will try to disguise themselves as honest business people. Many of these crooks rose quickly to power only to have a hard crash landing in the end. This was exactly the case with Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Bernard Ebbers and Richard Whitney. While nothing will ever excuse what they did it, in Milken's case he has tried to do some good by having a foundation for the benefit of cancer patients, economics and education. What their examples show us is that in spite of all the regulations people will still try to find loop holes around them or simply disregard the law for one purpose greed at all costs. When these criminals have been exposed the government will then enact laws to protect the public from this happening again. This is the legacy that the criminals of Wall Street have on Main Street.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Top 10 Evil Serial Killers




WARNING: This article contains descriptions of murders . These are not just the standard notorious murderers; these are some of the most horrific killers to have been found guilty of their crimes. They are on this list either because of the nature of their crime, or the sheer number of their killings. Graphic images are marked with [!]. In no particular order:
1. Gilles de Rais, Born 1404
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Gilles de Rais (a French nobleman) is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. Before he began his killing spree, he rode as a military captain in the army lead by St Joan of Arc – though it is unlikely that she knew him. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys.
According to surviving accounts, Rais lured children, mainly young boys who were blond haired and blue eyed (as he had been as a child), to his residences, and raped, tortured and mutilated them, often ejaculating, perhaps via masturbation, over the dying victim. He and his accomplices would then set up the severed heads of the children in order to judge which was the most fair. The precise number of Rais’s victims is not known, as most of the bodies were burned or buried. The number of murders is generally placed between 80 and 200; a few have conjectured numbers upwards of 600. The victims ranged in age from six to eighteen and included both sexes. Although Rais preferred boys, he would make do with young girls if circumstances required.
At the transcript of the trial, one of Gilles servants Henriet (an accomplice to his crimes) described the actions of his master, which were essentially:
Henriet soon began to collect children for his master, and was present whilst he massacred them. They were murdered invariably in one room at Machecoul. The marshal used to bathe in their blood; he was fond of making Gilles do Sillé, Pontou, or Henriet torture them, and he experienced intense pleasure in seeing them in their agonies. But his great passion was to welter in their blood. His servants would stab a child in the jugular vein, and let the blood squirt over him. The room was often steeped in blood. When the horrible deed was done, and the child was dead, the marshal would be filled with grief for what he had done, and would toss weeping and praying on a bed, or recite fervent prayers and litanies on his knees, whilst his servants washed the floor, and burned in the huge fireplace the bodies of the murdered children. With the bodies were burned the clothes and everything that had belonged to the little victims. An insupportable odour filled the room, but the Maréchal do Retz inhaled it with delight
2. Richard Trenton Chase, Born 1950
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Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 – December 26, 1980) was an American serial killer who killed six people in the span of a month in California. He earned the nickname The Vampire of Sacramento due to his drinking of his victims’ blood and his cannibalism. He did this as part of a delusion that he needed to prevent Nazis from turning his blood into powder via poison they had planted beneath his soap dish.
On December 29, 1977, Chase killed his first victim in a drive-by shooting, Ambrose Griffin, a 51-year-old engineer and father of two. Chase’s next victim was Teresa Wallin. Three months pregnant, Teresa was surprised at her home by Chase, who shot her three times, killing her. He then had sex with the corpse and mutilated it, bathing in the dead woman’s blood. On January 27, Chase committed his final murders. Entering the home of 38-year-old Evelyn Miroth, he encountered her neighbor, Don Meredith, who he shot with the same .22 handgun. Stealing Meredith’s wallet and car keys, he rampaged through the house, fatally shooting Evelyn Miroth, her 6-year-old son Jason, and Miroth’s 22-month-old nephew, David. As with Teresa Wallin, Chase engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism with Miroth’s corpse. Chase returned to his home, where he drank David’s blood and ate several of the infant’s internal organs before disposing of the body at a nearby church. A witness saw him leaving the scene where he left perfect fingerprints and shoe-prints – leading to his arrest.
On May 8 Chase was found guilty of six counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. Waiting to die, Chase became a feared presence in prison; the other inmates (including several gang members), aware of the graphic and bizarre nature of his crimes, feared him, and according to prison officials, they often tried to convince Chase to commit suicide. On December 26, 1980, a guard doing cell checks found Chase lying awkwardly on his bed, not breathing. An autopsy determined that he committed suicide with an overdose of prison doctor-prescribed antidepressants that he had been saving up over the last few weeks.
3. Jeffrey Dahmer, Born 1960
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Dahmer murdered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with the majority of the murders occurring between 1989 and 1991. His murders were particularly gruesome, involving acts of forced sodomy, necrophilia, dismemberment, and cannibalism. Dahmer committed his first murder when he was 18, killing Steven Hicks, a 19 year-old hitchhiker. Dahmer invited Hicks to his house, and killed him because he “didn’t want him to leave.”
On September 25, 1988, he was arrested for sexually fondling a 13-year-old Laotian boy in Milwaukee, for which he served 10 months of a one year sentence in a work release camp. However, in 1988 there was not yet a law requiring offenders to register when convicted of a sex crime against a minor. He convinced the judge that he needed therapy, and he was released with a five-year probation on good behavior. Shortly thereafter, he began a string of murders that would end with his arrest in 1991.
In the early morning hours of May 27, 1991, 14-year-old Milwaukee Laotian Konerak Sinthasomphone (the younger brother of the boy Dahmer had molested) was discovered on the street, wandering nude. Reports of the boy’s injuries varied. Dahmer told police that they had an argument while drinking, and that Sinthasomphone was his 19 year-old lover. Against the teenager’s protests, police turned him over to Dahmer. They had no suspicions, but reported smelling a strange scent. That scent was later found to be bodies in the back of his room. Later that night Dahmer killed and dismembered Sinthasomphone, keeping his skull as a souvenir. By the summer of 1991, Dahmer was murdering approximately one person each week.


On July 22, 1991, Dahmer lured another man, Tracy (Traci) Edwards, into his home. According to the would-be victim, Dahmer struggled with Edwards in order to handcuff him. Edwards escaped and alerted a police car, with the handcuffs still hanging from one hand. Edwards led police back to Dahmer’s apartment. The story of Dahmer’s arrest and the gruesome inventory in his apartment quickly gained notoriety: several corpses were stored in acid-filled vats, severed heads were found in his refrigerator, and implements for the construction of an altar of candles and human skulls were found in his closet. Accusations soon surfaced that Dahmer had practiced necrophilia, cannibalism, and possibly a form of trepanation in order to create so-called “zombies.”
The court found Dahmer guilty on 15 counts of murder and sentenced him to 15 life terms, totalling 937 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Dahmer expressed remorse for his actions, also saying that he wished for his own death. On November 28, 1994, Dahmer and another inmate named Jesse Anderson were beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while on work detail in the prison gym. Dahmer died from severe head trauma in the ambulance en route to the hospital.
4. Albert Fish, Born 1870
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Albert Fish, also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria and possibly the Brooklyn Vampire, boasted that he molested over 100 children, and was a suspect in at least five killings. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed.
Fish was visited in prison by the mother of his victim Billy Gaffney to get more details about the death of her son. Fish said:
"I cut one of my belts in half, slit these halves in six strips about 8 inches long. I whipped his bare behind till the blood ran from his legs. I cut off his ears, nose, slit his mouth from ear to ear. Gouged out his eyes. He was dead then. I stuck the knife in his belly and held my mouth to his body and drank his blood. I picked up four old potato sacks and gathered a pile of stones. Then I cut him up. I had a grip with me. I put his nose, ears and a few slices of his belly in the grip. Then I cut him through the middle of his body. Just below the belly button. Then through his legs about 2 inches below his behind. I put this in my grip with a lot of paper. I cut off the head, feet, arms, hands and the legs below the knee."
In addition to this horrifying description, Fish confessed to eating parts of Billy:
"I made a stew out of his ears, nose, pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good. Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions. At frequent intervals I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about 2 hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did."
At his trial, several psychiatrists testified about Fish’s sexual fetishes, including coprophilia, urophilia, pedophilia and masochism. X-rays of Fish’s pelvis show needles which he inserted in to his skin for sexual pleasure.
5. Andrei Chikatilo, Born 1936
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Andrei Chikatilo was a Ukrainian serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov and ‘The Red Ripper.’ He was convicted of the murder of 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990. In 1978, Chikatilo moved to Shakhty, a small coal mining town near Rostov, where he committed his first documented murder. On December 22, he lured a nine-year-old girl to an old house which he bought in secret from his family and attempted to rape her. When the girl struggled, he stabbed her to death. He ejaculated in the process of knifing the child, and from then on he was only able to achieve sexual arousal and orgasm through stabbing and slashing women and children to death. Despite evidence linking Chikatilo to the girl’s death, a young man, Alexsandr Kravchenko, was arrested and later tried and executed for the crime.
He established a pattern of approaching runaways and young vagrants at bus or railway stations and enticing them to leave. A quick trip into a nearby forest was the scene for the victim’s death. In 1983, he did not kill until June, but then he murdered four victims before September. The victims were all women and children. The adult females were often prostitutes or homeless tramps who could be lured with promises of alcohol or money. Chikatilo would usually attempt intercourse with these victims, but would usually be unable to get an erection, which would send him into a murderous fury. The child victims were of both sexes, and Chikatilo would lure them away with his friendly, talkative manner by promising them toys or candy. In the USSR at the time, reports of crimes like child rape and serial murder were often suppressed by the state-controlled media, as such crimes were regarded as being common only in “hedonistic capitalist nations.”
In 1988 Chikatilo resumed killing, generally keeping his activities far from the Rostov area. He murdered a woman in Krasny-Sulin in April and went on to kill another eight people that year, including two victims in Shakhty. Again there was a long lapse before Chikatilo resumed killing, murdering seven boys and two women between January and November of 1990. He was finally caught when trying to approach young children whilst under police surveillance. He went to trial on April 14, 1992. Despite his odd and disruptive behavior in court, he was judged fit to stand trial. During the trial he was famously kept in a cage in the center of the courtroom; it was constructed for his own protection from the relatives of the deceased. The trial had a very disturbing atmosphere. The relatives kept shouting threats and insults to Chikatilo, demanding the authorities to release him so that they could execute him on their own. He was found guilty of 52 of the 53 murders and sentenced to death for each offense.
He was executed by firing squad (shot in the back of the head) on February 14, 1994 after Russian president Boris Yeltsin refused a last ditch appeal by Chikatilo for clemency.
6. Joachim Kroll, Born 1933
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Kroll was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was known as the Ruhr Cannibal (Ruhrkannibale), and the Duisburg Man-Eater (Duisburger Menschenfresser). He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to a total of 13.
On July 3, 1976, Kroll was arrested for kidnapping and killing a four-year-old girl named Marion Ketter. As police went from home to home, a neighbor approached a policeman and told him that the waste-pipe in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he had asked his neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the pipe, Kroll had simply replied; “Guts”. Upon this report, the police went up to Kroll’s apartment and found the body of the Ketter girl cut up: some parts were in the fridge, a hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water and the intestines were found stuck in the waste-pipe.
Kroll said that he often sliced portions of flesh from his victims to cook and eat them, claiming that he did this to save on his grocery bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a simple operation to cure him of his homicidal urges and would then be released from prison. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day trial, he was convicted on all counts and was given nine life sentences.

He died of a heart attack in 1991 in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.
7. Dennis Rader, Born 1945
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Rader is an American serial killer who murdered at least 10 people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He was known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler), which stands for Bind, Torture and Kill, an apt description of his modus operandi. Letters were written soon after the killings to police and to local news outlets, boasting of the crimes and knowledge of details. After a long hiatus these letters resumed in 2004, leading to his arrest in 2005 and subsequent conviction.
Using personal jargon for his killing equipment, Rader casually described his victims as his “projects” and at one point likened his murders to euthanizing animals by saying he “put them down.” Rader created what he called a “hit kit,” a briefcase or bowling bag containing the items he would use during murders: guns, tape, rope and handcuffs. He also packed what he called “hit clothes” that he would wear for the crimes and then dispose of. Rader bound, tortured, and killed his victims. Rader would strangle his victims until they lost consciousness, then let them revive, then strangle them again. He would repeat the pattern over and over again, forcing them to experience near-death, becoming sexually aroused at the sight of their struggles. Finally, Rader would strangle them to death and masturbate to ejaculation into an article of their clothing, usually underwear.
Rader was particularly known for sending taunting letters to police and newspapers. There were several communications from BTK during 1974 to 1979. The first was a letter that had been stashed in an engineering book in the Wichita Public Library in October 1974 that described in detail the killing of the Otero family in January of that year. In early 1978 he sent another letter to television station KAKE in Wichita claiming responsibility for the murders of the Oteros, Shirley Vian, Nancy Fox and another unidentified victim assumed to be Kathryn Bright. He suggested a number of possible names for himself, including the one that stuck: BTK
A sample of one of his letters:
The victims are tie up-most have been women-phone cut-bring some bondage mater sadist tendencies-no struggle, outside the death spot-no wintness except the Vain’s Kids. They were very lucky; a phone call save them. I was go-ng to tape the boys and put plastics bag over there head like I did Joseph, and Shirley. And then hang the girl. God-oh God what a beautiful sexual relief that would been. Josephine, when I hung her really turn me on; her pleading for mercy then the rope took whole, she helpless; staring at me with wide terror fill eyes the rope getting tighter-tighter.
Rader plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison – a sentence he is currently still serving.
8. John Haigh, Born 1909
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John George Haigh (July 24, 1909 — August 10, 1949), the “Acid Bath Murderer”, was a serial killer in England during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money. He acted under the mistaken belief that police needed a body before they could bring a charge of murder. As a consequence, he was convicted through forensic evidence and executed on August 10, 1949.
After hiring rooms in Glouster Road, London, he bumped into an old wealthy boss William McSwann in the Goat pub in Kensington. McSwann introduced Haigh to his parents, Donald and Amy, who mentioned that they had invested in property. On 6 September, 1944, McSwann disappeared. Haigh later said he hit him over the head after luring him into a basement at 79 Gloucester Road, London SW7. He then put McSwann’s body into a 40-gallon drum and tipped sulphuric acid on to it. Two days later he returned to find the body had become sludge, which he poured down a manhole.
He told McSwann’s parents their son had fled to Scotland to avoid being called up for military service. Haigh then took over McSwann’s and when Don and Amy become curious about why their son had not returned after the war was coming to an end, he murdered them too. On July 2, 1945, he lured them to Gloucester Road and disposed of them.
Detectives soon discovered Haigh’s record of theft and fraud and searched the workshop. Police not only found Haigh’s attaché case containing a dry cleaner’s receipt for Mrs Durand-Deacon’s coat, but also papers referring to the Hendersons and McSwanns. Further investigation of the sludge at the workshop by the pathologist Keith Simpson revealed three human gallstones.
It was reported that Haigh, in the condemned cell at Wandsworth Prison, asked one of his jailers, Jack Morwood, whether it would be possible to have a trial run of his hanging so everything would run smoothly. It is likely his request went no further, or, if it did, the request was denied. Whatever the case, Haigh was led to the gallows by Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint on August 10, 1949.
9. Javed Iqbal, Born 1956
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Javed Iqbal Mughal (1956?-2001) was a serial killer from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He claimed he killed 100 boys during an 18 month period. He had been arrested in June 1998 for sexually abusing 2 boys for money. He went off on bail, and began murdering boys shortly afterwards. Iqbal found boys on the street, charmed them into his confidence, and then drugged, raped, and strangled them. He then cut the body into pieces and put them in a vat filled with hydrochloric acid. Once all of the remains were liquified, he dumped them. He first used the sewer, until neighbors complained of an acrid stench. He then decided to use the Ravi River. The partially liquified remains of two boys, one of whom was named Ijaz, were the only ones found of Iqbal’s victims. He kept the rest in an acid drum outside his house. He also kept clothing and shoes as trophies of his crimes. When he got to his fiftieth victim, he started taking pictures of them.
No one had noticed the disappearance of the boys that Iqbal killed. Iqbal claimed that he could have killed 500 if he had wanted to. He reportedly said “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 children … I hate this world, I am not ashamed of my action and I am ready to die. I have no regrets. I killed 100 children.”
From a letter written by Iqbal:
“I had sexually assaulted 100 children before killing them,” read the first placard. “All the details of the murders are contained in the diary and the 32-page notebook that have been placed in the room and had also been sent to the authorities. This is my confessional statement.”
Iqbal was sentenced to death by hanging, although the judge said he would have liked Iqbal to be strangled 100 times, cut into 100 pieces, and put him in acid. Before this sentence could be carried out, he was found strangled with his bed sheets in his prison cell on October 7, 2001. One of his accomplices, Sajid, was also strangled. Pakistani authorities say that the men committed suicide. Another accomplice had previously fallen to his death from a CIA window.
10. Ted Bundy, Born 1946
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Theodore Robert ‘Ted’ Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) is one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history. Bundy raped and murdered scores of young women across the United States between 1974 and 1978. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, Bundy eventually confessed to 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Typically, Bundy would rape then murder his victims by bludgeoning, and sometimes by strangulation. He also engaged in necrophilia.
He would approach a potential victim in a public place, even in daylight or in a crowd, as when he abducted Ott and Naslund at Lake Sammamish or when he kidnapped Leach from her school. Bundy had various ways of gaining a victim’s trust. Sometimes, he would feign injury, wearing his arm in a sling or wearing a fake cast, as in the murders of Hawkins, Rancourt, Ott, Naslund, and Cunningham. At other times Bundy would impersonate an authority figure; he pretended to be a policeman when approaching Carol DaRonch. The day before he killed Kimberly Leach, Bundy approached another young Florida girl pretending to be “Richard Burton, Fire Department,” but left hurriedly after her older brother arrived.
After luring a victim to his car, Bundy would hit her in the head with a crowbar he had placed underneath his Volkswagen or hidden inside it. Every recovered skull, except for that of Kimberly Leach, showed signs of blunt force trauma. Bundy often would drink alcohol prior to finding a victim.
On death row, Bundy admitted to decapitating at least a dozen of his victims with a hacksaw. He kept the severed heads later found on Taylor Mountain in his room or apartment for some time before finally disposing of them. Bundy also confessed to visiting his victims’ bodies over and over again at the Taylor Mountain body dump site. He stated that he would lie with them for hours, applying makeup to their corpses and having sex with their decomposing bodies until putrefaction forced him to abandon the remains.
Despite having five court-appointed lawyers, he insisted on acting as his own attorney and even cross-examined witnesses, including the police officer who had discovered Margaret Bowman’s body. The Judge, when passing sentence said:
“It is ordered that you be put to death by a current of electricity, that current be passed through your body until you are dead. Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom. You’re an intelligent young man. You’d have made a good lawyer, and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.”
Bundy was executed in the Electric Chair at 7:06 a.m. local time on January 24, 1989. His last words were “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
Notable mentions: John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Herman Mudgett


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