When you see a cute kid on the street playing with their little scooter, you can’t help but smile at them and imagine that they’d grow up to be successful people with a college degree and a regular job. But sometimes, things don’t turn out the way we imagine, and some of these kids grow up to become true monsters that performed acts which have been remembered as some of the most horrible incidents in history. Here are childhood pictures of 12 of the most evil people who roamed our world.
1. Joseph Stalin
During his teenage years, Joseph Stalin looked like he was an ambitious, bright kid who had a great future ahead of him. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become one of the world’s most powerful and feared leaders who were responsible for cruel acts like famine, assassination, forced resettlement, and deaths of at least 20 million people in the Soviet Union.
2. Osama Bin Laden
As a boy, Osama bin Laden appeared to be a serious child who grew up in a large wealthy family and lived a comfortable and privileged life, but he grew up to become one of the worst terrorists to plague the world with his beliefs and acts. He was responsible for the horrific 9/11 attacks and was known as the leader of the al-Qaeda.
3. Kim Jon Il
This adorable boy in his military uniform looks like he was born to be a leader. Unfortunately, he grew up to become a savage dictator who was the cause of mass starvation and deaths of hundreds of thousands. He was also accused of wrongful imprisonment of political prisoners and many other human rights offences.
4. Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini was a dapper young boy who looked like he had an interesting life ahead of him. But he grew up to become the leader of Italy and set out to make history by being one of the world’s very first fascists. He was responsible for ordering several massacres and using mustard gas. He was later killed by his own people.
5. Saddam Hussein
This handsome young boy looks like he’ll erect a lemonade stand in the neighborhood and smile widely at you as you pass by. But he grew up to become the leader of Iraq and one of the most hated people. His savagery led to the deaths of countless of his own people and he was accused of several crimes against humanity.
6. Mao Zedong
This young chap who looks serious enough to set someone ablaze rose to become the leader of China whose acts led to the killing of more than 70 million people. Known as Chairman Mao, this Communist leader abused human rights, starved and executed thousands, and earned the reputation of being one of the worst mass murderers in the world.
7. Heinrich Himmler
Don’t let the sweet innocent looks fool you. This boy grew up to give the human race something to hate. One of Adolf Hitler’s right hand men, Heinrich Himmler was the man behind the Nazi’s infamous concentration camps which saw the deaths of millions.
8. Dr. Josef Mengele
Seeming like an unremarkable kid who’d live a mediocre life, Josef Mengele grew up to prove everyone wrong. Known as one of the most evil people to walk the earth, Dr. Mengele was a physician with the Nazis who conducted unimaginable cruel experiments on the concentration camp victims.
9. Ted Bundy
This rugrat looks like he’s made of sunshine and cookies. But, he shocked the world when he grew up to become one of the most dangerous serial killers in history. He was found guilty of killing at least thirty people in acts that involved rape and necrophilia. He was sentenced to death by the electric chair.
10. Jeffret Dahmer
This sweet boy who enjoyed probably summer siestas and ice cream sadly had a tough childhood thanks to his argumentative parents. The muddled little Jeffrey Dahmer grew up to make history by killing 17 people and indulging in acts like rape, dismemberment, cannibalism, and necrophilia, earning him the reputation of one of the world’s most feared serial killers.
11. John Wayne Gacy
This boy sure looks unhappy, but maybe that’s because he had an alcoholic father who was very abusive. Besides that, Gacy also had a lot of health issues and was constantly bullied. His hard childhood probably was why he grew up to kill 33 young men. He was nicknamed “Killer Clown” because he worked as a clown, giving birth to several clown-related fears in most people.
12. Charles Manson
This shy boy managed to shake the world by growing up into becoming one of the world’s most prolific murderers. He was the ring leader of the infamous Manson Family group that was responsible for the deaths of seven people. He has been in prison since 1971 after escaping death penalty by the skin of his teeth.
Unlike the story of The Ugly Duckling, these kids started off looking cute but grew up to become figures who filled the hearts of millions with fear and hatred. They were individually responsible for the deaths of countless people. These people shaped history in more ways than we could imagine. This gives us reason to believe that there is true evil lurking among us, concealed in the form of innocent-looking people.