Vicious Acts of Revenge That Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine
They say that those who seek revenge should dig two graves, but that phrase has never stopped people from doing just that. There are various reasons why people choose to seek revenge; anger, a sense of justice, love. What remains constant across the centuries, however, is that there are some wrongs that just cannot be tolerated.
Want to hear some great revenge stories? These vicious acts of revenge will send shivers down your spine!
Julius Caesar and Pirates
As a younger man, Julius Caesar was captured by pirates while sailing the Aegean Sea. They planned to ransom him but only asked for the equivalent of 20 pieces of silver, insulting Caesar with such a low number. They eventually increased the ransom, and it was paid, but Caesar remained slighted.
The Killing of Akku Yadav
Back in August of 2004, a group of 200 women in India took revenge on a man who had been repeatedly raping them for more than a decade without repercussions. The women banded together and took revenge.
The Lioness of Brittany
Jeanne de Clisson was a Frenchwoman in the 1300s whose husband was accused of treason. The French authorities did not provide evidence of the crime as was customary, yet they decapitated him nonetheless and stuck his head on a spike. Clisson swore to avenge the death of her beloved husband by becoming a vicious pirate.
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great was different from other generals in his time because he preferred negotiating with foes before meeting them on the field of battle. He sent his men to do so with the rulers of the island of Tyre. However, the Tyrians, who likely didn't know anything about Alexander's habit of parlaying with foes, killed his men and tossed their lifeless bodies into the sea.
A Vengeful Saint
Olga of Kiev, a saint in both the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches, didn't take kindly to members of an opposing tribe who killed her husband. She invited 20 of their most prominent men to come speak with her people. When they arrived, she extended an invitation for the men to enjoy time in her bathhouse.
Video Game Vengeance
Many gamers take their hobby seriously, but few go as far as a French man named Julien Barreaux. After losing a knife fight in the game Counter-Strike, Barreaux decided to take the game into the real world.
Tattooed on His Forehead
Predators hide in plain sight all the time, but after Anthony Stockelman was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a ten-year-old girl, he wasn’t be able to stay under the anymore. Not only did he end up in jail, but he was also held down by another inmate and forced to get a tattoo that read "Katie's Revenge."
A Famous Duel
You've likely heard of Alexander Hamilton but may be unaware of how he died or who killed him. Aaron Burr was vice president at the time, and the two had a long-standing grudge. Beyond disagreeing on various policy matters, Hamilton had also cost Burr a political appointment.
You've probably heard the name Lorena Bobbitt before. She carried out an act of serious revenge in 1993 against her own husband. After years of the husband coming home drunk and raping her, Bobbitt, tired of the perpetual abuse, snapped.
During a war between Rome and the Galatian tribes, the wife of one of the chieftains of the Galatians, Chiomara, was taken prisoner. While held in captivity, one of the Romans raped her.
12 Piece Revenge
Few who carry out revenge plots have the same patience as a boy named Alam Khan. As a boy living in India, he witnessed his father's murder at the hands of a family friend at the age of 12. He spent 12 more years preparing to take revenge.
The Romans took the lands of Iceni, a British Celtic tribe, after the death of Queen Boudica's husband. During the conquest, Queen Boudica and her daughters were captured, raped and tortured. She promised her daughters revenge.
Revenge for Love
King Afonso IV of Portugal did not agree with his son marrying a particular noblewoman. His solution? He hired assassins to murder her in 1355, preventing the marriage from ever happening. His son Peter was heartbroken and revolted against his father, but he was soon defeated. There was nothing he could do — yet.
Pierre Picaud was a real man who inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. He was a French shoemaker whose jealous friends spun a plot that caused the innocent Picaud to be arrested for treason. While in prison, he became close with a wealthy priest who ended up leaving Picaud a fortune when he passed.
In 1572, an uneasy peace had settled in France between Catholics and Huguenots —French Protestants. Huguenots were allowed to return to court, and the future king of France was himself a Protestant. The Catholic Catherine de Medici feared the rising influence of Huguenots on her son, the current king, and hatched a plan to assassinate a prominent Huguenot admiral and advisor to the king.
When World War II ended, many people tried to put the horrors of war behind them and enjoy a life of peace. Some, however, had seen too much of Nazi attrocities. A Jewish resistance fighter named Abba Kovner assembled 50 survivors of Nazi concentration camps and set out to kill 6 million Germans in retaliation for the Holocaust.
In the 18th century, a Japanese feudal lord was forced to commit ritual suicide for losing his temper, making his 47 attendant samurai into ronin — masterless outcasts. These warriors plotted to lure Kira, the arrogant official who ordered the suicide, into their clutches.
The Siege of Tripolitsa
During the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the Greek people fought to free themselves after centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire. One of the bloodiest battles took place at the city of Tripolitsa after the Greek army laid siege to the city.
Achilles Versus Hector
While the story of Hector and Achilles is believed to be largely fiction, it does make for a great tale of revenge. During the siege of Troy, the Trojan prince Hector killed a friend of the mythic warrior Achilles, who was fighting for the other side.
Operation Wrath of God
After 11 members of the Israeli olympic team were killed in the 1972 Munich Massacre, the country’s secret intelligence service, the Mossad, prepared to strike back. They sent letters to the family members of each of the murderers announcing their plans for vengeance and set to work.
Right on Camera
After karate coach named Jeff Doucet kidnapped Gary Plauche's son and repeatedly sexually abused him, Plauche decided the justice system could not be trusted to give Doucet what he deserved.
The Trung Sisters
In the first century AD, Vietnam was occupied by the Chinese Han Dynasty. For the most part, the Han were tolerated until a Chinese commander raped one of two sisters and killed her husband.
Don't Insult Chanakya
In the fourth century BC, the philosopher Cahankya was once kicked out of a royal party hosted by King Dhanannanda, who said that Chanakya was too ugly to be there. Humiliated, Chanakya cursed the king and escaped into the jungle to avoid facing punishment.
Vlad the Impaler
It's no surprise to anybody that has ever heard of Vlad the Impaler that a man like him would likely be one to hold a grudge. His battles with the Saxons and Ottomans are some of the most vicious in history.
Alec Turner: Unchained
Alec Turner was a slave in 1800s Virginia. The granddaughter of the plantation owner taught him how to read in secret, but once his master discovered the lessons, Turner was severely beaten. The rest of his time on the plantation was made even more horrible than usual.
The Dachau Concentration Camp
There is no denying that the Nazis committed some of the most horrific acts in modern history so it isn't surprising that the members of Nakam weren’t the only people to try and get revenge against them.
Revenge for Dad
After Frank Eaton's father was killed by former Confederate soldiers during his youth, he learned how to use a gun and vowed revenge. Later on, he became a sheriff. As an adult and real-life cowboy, he hunted down the men who killed father, shooting them all.
A Bonfire in California
Neighbors Bob Hall and Walter Stephens had a long, drawn-out dispute over the use of a driveway. Tensions built for a long time, and both men became increasingly angry over the situation, but nobody could guess then how far feud would go.
After defeating the Kara-Khitans, famed conqueror Genghis Khan found himself sharing a border with the Khwarezmian Empire. The Khan of Khans saw an opportunity for lucrative trade, and so he sent a caravan to establish commercial relations. However, the men in the caravan were quickly apprehended.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki don’t neatly fit the bill as acts of revenge, as the U.S. government viewed them as necessary to prevent an even greater death toll from invading the Japanese Home Islands. Nonetheless, the bombings did come in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 of 1941 and years of war.