10 Brutal Acts of Revenge in History

10. Revenge of the Online Gamer

In 2010, a Frenchman named Julien Barreaux lost a virtual knife fight in the Counter-Strike game to another man identified only as Mikhael from Cambrai, a town two hours from Paris. Upon finding where Mikhael lived, Barreaux went to his home and stabbed him, missing the heart by just an inch. Barreaux was arrested within an hour. He was sentenced to two years of prison and was to receive anger management therapy.

9. Killing Him Harshly!

A 12-year-old boy who saw his father murdered by a family friend named Mohammad Rais, killed the alleged murderer in a revenge attack he planned for 12 years. Alam Khan told the reporters that he invited Rais to his house and got him intoxicated. Then he put on loud music while killing him and He cut him into 12 pieces, one each for the number of years he waited. He then packed the parts in plastic bags and disposed of them in the river. The body parts were found in December 2015 in the river by residents.

8. A Love Story Could Rip Your Heart Apart

King Afonso IV of Portugal stopped his son, Peter I, from marrying the woman he loved, going so far as to have her murdered. Because King wanted him to marry Princess Villena to seal an alliance. Of course, Peter revolted against his father but was defeated. Afonso, however, died soon after and Peter I became king in 1357. Later, he tracked two assassins, found them and he had the assassins killed, ripping their hearts out with his own hands in public!

7. A Pirate Queen

A Frenchwoman, Jeanne de Clisson, became a pirate in the 1300s for revenge after her husband was beheaded. She sold her estates to buy three ships and set about hunting down French ships in the English Channel killing entire crews as payback to the French King. 

6. Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place on April 13, 1919, in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Colonel Reginald Dyer, who previously suspected an uprising, had all the entrances blocked and had machine guns fire into the crowd killing hundreds and injuring more than a thousand. One of the wounded during the massacre was Udham Singh who was 20 at that time. He traveled across two continents and waited 21 years to assassinate Colonel Dyer. Singh did not resist his arrest and was sentenced to death by hanging at Pentonville Prison.

5. Young Julius Caesar vs. Pirates

A young Julius Caesar was once kidnapped by pirates. They demanded a ransom of 50 talents (pieces of silver). Caesar promised that after he is released, he would raise an army, capture them and get them crucified. And he did! After paying off the ransom, Caesar raised an army, captured the pirates, and had them crucified. He was a man of his word.

4. The Real-Life Count of Monte Cristo

Pierre Picaud was a well-to-do shoemaker in France and soon to be married to his sweetheart. Life was basically set for him. However, three jealous friends - Loupian, Solari, and Chaubert - falsely accused him of being an English spy and Pierre was sent to prison. Apparently, while he was there, he befriended a wealthy priest, Father Torri. They became so close, that the priest bequeathed his property to Pierre when he died. When Pierre got out of jail, he inflicted brutal revenge on the men who sent him there. First, Chaubert was murdered and Solari was poisoned. Lastly, Picaud stabbed Loupian to death himself, who married

3. A Woman’s Anger

Igor of Kiev was assassinated by the Drevlians in 945 during an uprising against a tribute levied on them. After that, his wife Princess Olga became the regent ruler as their son, Svyatoslav, was only three years old at that time. The Drevlians wanted Olga to marry Prince Mal to make him the ruler of Kievan Rus’. But Olga was determined to stay a regent so that the power would go to her son. The Drevlians sent 20 of their best men to persuade her to marry, and she had them buried alive. Then she sent word to the prince that she accepted his proposal and to send his best men to accompany her on the journey. When the men came, she welcomed them warmly and invited them to a bathhouse to wash after their long journey. Then she had the doors locked and all the men inside burned alive. With all the best men gone, she burned the capital of Iskorosten and leveled other towns to the ground.

2. Samurais Got No Chills!

During the 18th century, a Japanese feudal lord was forced to commit seppuku, ritual suicide, for losing his temper in front of an arrogant official. Now left leaderless or ronin, 47 samurais out of 300 of his men, sealed a secret oath and under the feudal lord waited and planned for two years to avenge their master’s honor. Then they turned themselves in and committed seppuku. Sounds familiar? 2013’s Keanu Reeves movie 47 Ronin was inspired by this story.

1. Fear the Anger of Genghis-Khan

Genghis-Khan was a powerful and fearsome ruler. However, not all of the things he had done were not a conspiracy. Khan sent a caravan of 500 Muslims to officially establish trading with the Kwarezmia Empire when they became neighboring kingdoms. However, claiming it was a conspiracy, the empire’s governor had all of them arrested. Khan then sent three ambassadors. But the Shah had two of them shaved and one beheaded before sending them back. After angering him by killing his diplomats, the once-powerful empire was invaded and destroyed so thoroughly by him that historians still struggle to recreate their language.