It’s hard to wrap your mind around a human being who is evil; we can’t even begin to understand the inner workings of a mind that is capable of horrifying acts. We live in a world where we are unsure about whether our neighbour could be a serial killer and more often than not when we watch the news about a heinous murder that took place, we always hear that one person saying, “He was the nicest guy, we had no idea he was capable of such things.”
The world is full of monsters wearing masks and we never truly know what’s lurking around us. What’s more worrisome is how these monsters become monsters in the first place. It’s hard to believe that these evil men come into the world in the very same way that we all do - innocent infants. Were their minds always warped from infancy or does a switch go off at some point in their lives? These evil men are some of the most brutal humans in the world, and it’s hard to believe that they probably had the same youth that we all did. If you’ve ever wondered what the evilest men in the world looked like as children, you may regret it after seeing these chilling photos. A photographer has a chance to capture a moment in time, and in these cases, the photographers had no idea that they were capturing monsters on the other end of the lens. Check out some of the most infamous men in history as children.
14 Jeffrey Dahmer
This photograph could seem innocent enough, a small boy holding a kitten in his lap but knowing who Dahmer became in his life the picture takes on a creepy quality to it. Especially the way in which he is holding the kitten by the neck, it really makes you start to wonder. I’m sure that Dahmer’s parents never thought that their son would grow up to be a serial killer. Though he later stated that he started getting weird fantasies following a childhood surgery. During the years of 1978-1991, Dahmer was responsible for killing and dismembering 17 men and boys. He was a really sick man who raped and took apart bodies, sometimes resorting to cannibalism. He said that eating them made him feel like they had become a personal part of him. He was eventually caught and sent to prison for 16 life sentences where he met his fate when he was beaten to death by a prisoner.
13 Anders Behring Breivik
Anders Behring Breivik was declared a terrorist after 2011 when he killed 69 people during an act of terrorism that resulted in a fatal explosion. It was later called the 2011 Norway attacks. He was in charge of the attacks that took place in the Government quarter Regjeringskvartalet in Oslo. Wow, that’s a mouthful! During that time, he murdered eight people. But as if that wasn’t bad enough he decided to take it to a whole new level. He looks cute as a child, but he later turned into a Norwegian terrorist that went on to kill another 69 people after he killed the first eight. He was later under psychiatric evaluation for paranoid schizophrenia but was deemed sane during his attacks. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison with no possible release date as long as he was found to be a danger to society.
12 Ted Bundy
Everyone knows who Ted Bundy is because he became one of the most infamous serial killers in our history. Many people were surprised when he was later arrested because he looked nothing like what they envisioned a serial killer to look like. Bundy was smart and handsome, someone who was very charismatic. Throughout his career he killed between 40-100 women, the number is still unknown. They all resembled his old college girlfriend whom he was in love with but who broke his heart. He killed his victims in a gruesome way and often raped them before he killed them. He was a smart man who had a degree in psychology, was accepted into law school and even had a letter of recommendation from the Governor of Washington. He was the last person that anyone suspected of killing anyone, and when you look at his pictures, you see a young man with such an amazing future ahead of him. What went wrong?
11 Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler will most likely go down in history as the most hated and evilest man on the planet. The shocking and horrifying things that went on during his reign are unspeakable to this day. When you think of the word evil, you can’t help but picture Hitler and all that he did during the Holocaust. He was directly responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people all because he believed that he was superior to them. He murdered gypsies, Jews, people with mental and physical disabilities as well as homosexuals and that’s not even including the deaths that occurred during World War II. He employed psychopaths and serial killers with minds just like his, and together they went about creating a world of their own that was covered in other people’s blood. That time is a stain on our history, and it’s hard to believe that one man could be capable of such atrocities.
10 Joseph Stalin
He was an infamous killer, but he was nothing like Charles Manson or the Zodiac killer. In the reign of Joseph Stalin, he wasn’t responsible for a few deaths, no, he was responsible for upwards of 40-50 million deaths when he ruled Russia. A psychopath, no doubt, Stalin ruled with an iron fist and was not considered to be the kind of man that took mercy on anyone, as evidenced by his career. It’s hard to say what makes a serial killer because some of them come from terrible homes while others were raised in perfectly normal circumstances. In Stalin’s case, he had a troubled childhood which certainly could have shaped him into the monster he became. His childhood pictures are eerie to look at; he often has a stone face which could certainly speak of the cold inner workings of a killer in the making.
9 Heinrich Luitpold Himmler
The Holocaust was filled with monsters who worked for money and power. Heinrich Himmler was a man that worked for Hitler as part of his Protection Squadron and was one of the leading members of the Nazi Party. During this awful period in history, Hitler had appointed Himmler with the responsibility of being the administrator of the entire Third Reich and Himmler took this job seriously. “Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust.” He ran the concentration camps and built extermination camps. He was directly responsible for the deaths of six million Jews and about 500,000 Romani people. When it became obvious they were losing the war, Himmler tried to work with the Allies and was eventually arrested by orders from Hitler. Himmler tried to disappear but was brought into British custody where he later committed suicide.
8 Gary Leon Ridgway
Gary Leon Ridgway was eventually known as the Green River Killer after he was arrested for killing 48 women before the year 2001. He started murdering women in the 80’s and dumping their bodies by the Green River. He was known to have raped his victims and then strangle them, leaving their bodies in the nude. He would often go back and have sex with the corpses of his victims as well as sell their clothing and jewelry at garage sales. He worked as a truck painter and was even married multiple times throughout his life, but no one knew that he had this secret life of a serial killer. There were many suspects at the time, including Ridgway but he managed to pass a lie detector test and was let go. He was later convicted due to a DNA match almost twenty years later and received multiple life sentences.
Charles Manson’s childhood pictures show a little boy that was cute as a button. When you look into that face, you wonder how on earth such an evil person resided in there. He was an infamous cult leader that had his followers commit heinous murders on his behalf. He carried out these murders during the sixties when he felt that he needed to go against the system and rid the world of rich people. The book Helter Skelter was inspired by his killings, and many movies have been made depicting the crimes he committed over the years. His followers were obsessed with him and would have done anything for him. He was directly responsible for the murder of actress Sharon Tate who amongst other Hollywood residents were brutally murdered on the same night. There is nothing in his past to make anyone think that he would become the heinous murderer he is known as today. To this day he has never been released from prison.
7 John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy could very well be the reason why so many generations of people have been terrified of clowns. It’s why movies such as IT by Stephen King are so terrifying to watch because the idea of a killer clown isn’t so out of reach after Gacy’s reign of murders. He was a serial killer that also worked as a party clown. It’s shocking that anyone would ever hire him for a children’s party because when he was done up as Pogo the Clown he was absolutely scary to look at. He used to entertain children at hospitals, perform at parades and fundraisers but when he wasn’t working as a clown, he was murdering little boys. During the 70’s he was responsible for sexually assaulting and murdering more than 33 boys. There were times during his killings that he would actually dress up like Pogo the Clown, which is what puts those horrifying clown thoughts into our minds.
6 Emperor Hirohito
It’s hard to believe that such a happy baby with such a sweet future ahead of him would turn out to be a monster. But that’s the way it is, we never really know what children will grow up to be killers and which ones will live the happy lives that we all expect. Hirohito was an emperor for 50 years between 1926-1989. He didn’t go down in history as an Emperor however, but because of a crime we now know as The Rape of Nanking. During his reign, the army under his command committed many heinous crimes including rape, arson, looting and the execution of civilians and POW’s. There were over 300,000 murders under his watch, and he probably would have continued had he not been taken down. Power can be deadly if it’s put into the wrong hands as we’ve seen multiple times throughout history.
5 Albert DeSalvo
Albert DeSalvo’s childhood pictures are like so many others; a happy child with a smile on their face, the whole world ahead of them. It is mind boggling how some of these children grow up to do horrifying things to other human beings. In the sixties, DeSalvo showed his true colors when he started killing women in the Boston area. In a period of two years, he killed 13 women by strangling them. He became known as the Boston Strangler, and the most disturbing part of his crimes was that he preyed on elderly women who were all alone. These women were vulnerable and old, and it just makes the fact that he brutalized them an even bigger tragedy than it already was. The terror they must have experienced during the last moments of their lives would have been immense. As a child, he was always in and out of trouble with the law, but no one ever expected him to become a serial killer. He was eventually arrested in 1973 and sentenced to life in prison.
4 Alexander Pichushkin
The eerie part about Alexander Pichushkin’s childhood pictures is that they are creepy. You can almost see the killer within, the monster hiding behind the mask. At some point in his childhood, he received a head injury and was actually institutionalized for awhile. He was known as the Chessboard Killer because he preyed on elderly homeless men and women in Moscow, Russia. How does the chessboard fit in, you ask? After his arrest, police found a chessboard that had dates on all the squares but two. They believe that the dates were linked to the 48 people that Pichushkin murdered. He was a savage killer that liked to bludgeon his victims and then throw them into the sewer, some were still alive and drowned. There was one victim who was found with a vodka bottle sticking out of his head and because of the brutal ways he was killing his victims, Russia considered reinstating the death penalty just for him.
3 Bashar al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria and has been considered to be, “one of the most brutal rulers in the Middle East.” A scary thought indeed especially in our day and age, you would think the days of the evil rulers were behind us, but that’s not the case at all. As ruler, he has killed and tortured many of his own people, as well as political opponents who try to get in his way. Due to his practices as president, many millions of refugees have fled to Europe to escape him. He may even be responsible for the assassination of the former prime minister of Lebanon. “Syria was widely blamed for Hariri's murder. In the months leading to the assassination, relations between Hariri and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plummeted amid an atmosphere of threats and intimidation,” according to The Christian Science Monitor.
2 Kim Jong-Il
As Supreme Commander of his country, he was the type of killer that liked to have a cult-like following when it came to ruling his state. People followed him out of fear of being punished if they didn’t act like they respected the man. He was a powerful man that used his power for evil just like so many before him. He became the leader in 1994 and had some unusual behaviors about him that were good indicators that he wasn’t a good man. He kept control of his people through fear using state terrorism and military efforts to keep his people under his thumb. He was considered to have a repressive government and at one point had over 200,000 political prisoners. He only traveled by train because he had a terrible fear of flying and in 2011 he died of a heart attack though there are reports that his death was suspicious.
1 Andreas Lubitz
Andreas Lubitz seemed to be a normal boy with a dream; he always wanted to be a pilot when he grew up. He worked hard and eventually did become the pilot of his dreams but things started going wrong for Lubitz, and his dreams of being a pilot took a more sinister turn. He had been treated multiple times for suicidal tendencies, but when the day came that he decided to take his life, he had no intention of doing it alone. He piloted a Germanwings plane and used that power to murder 149 other people that happened to be on the flight that he was piloting. When it came time to investigate his crime, police found evidence on his computer that he had been researching words such as “suicide” and “cockpit doors.” No one really knows why he chose to kill all those innocent people instead of just taking his own life.
Sources: CNN, Biography, Wikipedia
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