Success is the greatest revenge
An eye for an eye, as Gandhi said, can blind the whole world - but these avengers do not care. Some of these vengeful acts are served cold, while others are scorching hot. Some are just funny. Here are 24 spiteful facts about the greatest acts of revenge in history.
24. A taste of its own medicine
In 2003 Michigan entrepreneur Alan Ralsky was known as the "Spam King" for the millions of unsolicited spam emails he sent. In retaliation, the people who received these spam emails signed Ralsk for physical junk mail spam that would arrive at his lavish home. At the height of this prank, Ralsky received over a hundred pounds of junk mail every day.
23. Roman revenge
The Roman Empire may not have been known for its diplomacy, but in A.D. 60 they did a particularly ugly trick. Boudicca, queen of the Iceni tribe in what is now England, agreed to work with the Roman Emperor Nero and share their land to avoid bloodshed. Nero broke his word and instead made the area a slave province - and Roman soldiers flogged Boudicca and raped their two daughters. Boudicca rebelled furiously: they raised an army and attacked three Roman fortresses - including Colchester, which at the time was the Roman capital of Great Britain. Thousands of Roman soldiers died, and Boudicca poisoned himself on the battlefield to avoid being captured.
22nd Family Feud, 1888 edition
American Families The Hatfields (mostly from West Virginia) and the McCoys (mostly from Kentucky) were in a long, bloody feud that lasted decades. Both sides felt they were going to avenge each other for a previous atrocity. This resulted in dozens dying on both sides. The feud culminated in what came to be known as the "1888 New Years Night Massacre" in the late 19th century. Several members of the Hatfield clan surrounded the cabin of Randolph McCoy, the leader of the McCoy. The Hatfields set fire to the cabin, killing McCoy's two children and seriously injuring his wife. The McCoys quickly retaliated with the Battle of Grapevine Creek, in which several Hatfields were captured or killed.
21. Hell Hath No Fury
Around AD 900, in what is now Eastern Europe, a woman named Olga married Igor, the future king of Kievan Rus (now Kiev) and had a son, Svyatoslav. Seems great doesn't it? Wrong: King Igor was murdered by a rival tribe, the Drevlians, while Svyatoslav was a child. The assassins wanted to take over the region and tried to force Olga to marry her king Mal. That wasn't exactly what Olga was up to. She wanted to be the regent of the kingdom until Svyatoslav was old enough to take the throne, and there was no way she was going to get the people who murdered her husband to tell her what she wanted. When the Drevlians sent 20 men to persuade her, she had them buried alive. She then told the Drevlians that she would accept the proposal, but only if Mal sent the best citizens of his kingdom to accompany them to their capital. When he did, Olga caught her in a bathhouse and set it on fire. Anger, your name is Olga.
20. Bad bread
After World War II ended, some Jewish survivors of the war formed a group called Nokmim, which means "avenger" in Hebrew - and they did just that, tracking down surviving Nazi soldiers and killing them in revenge for the horrors of the Holocaust. In 1946, the Nokmim Stalag 13, a prison in Nuremberg for Nazi prisoners of war, infiltrated. Nokmim learned that all the bread for the center was supplied by a single bakery. A member of the group named Arye Distel got a job for the bakery. Over the course of several days, Arye smuggled bottles labeled "Medicines" (which were actually arsenic) and hid them under the bakery's floorboards. On a Saturday three other members of Nokmim snuck into the bakery during the shift change and the four avengers painted almost 3,000 loaves of bread with the poison. The bread was served to the prisoners the following day, and over 2,000 of them became ill. Initial reports say there were 200-300 deaths, but a modern study by the Associated Press found that in fact no one died.
19. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
During World War II, a young Romanian named Eliahu Itzkovitz watched in horror as a Nazi soldier murdered his entire family, leaving him the only survivor. All he remembered about this soldier was one surname: Stănescu. That was good enough for Itzkovitz. He pursued Stănescu all the way to the French Foreign Legion, but instead of just killing Stanescu, Itzkovitz did something much more devious. He himself joined the French Foreign Legion, went through the intensive training of the legion and was deployed in the same battalion as Stănescu through many careful deceptions. He slowly befriended the man who killed his family until one day the two men were patrolling Băc Ninh together. Itzkovitz revealed himself, confronted Stănescu and killed him.
18. Slice and Dice
Lorena Bobbitt's husband John was a real piece of work: he was unfaithful, physically abusive, and he sexually assaulted Lorena several times. On the night of June 23, 1993, John came home drunk, patted Lorena, and fell asleep. This was the last straw for Lorena: she grabbed a kitchen knife and cut off John's penis. Lorena got in her car and drove away. She first threw the attachment into a field before worrying about it and calling the police. John's genitals were retrieved and later surgically reattached, but Lorena's revenge was already successful.
17. Alec Unchained
Alec Turner, the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained , was born a slave in Virginia in 1845. Unlike most people living in slavery at the time, Alec learned to read and write under the secret guidance of the plantation owner's granddaughter. However, when these lessons were discovered, Alec was brutally beaten as punishment. During the American Civil War, Alec escaped, joined the Union Army, and led a platoon of soldiers back to the plantation - where he personally killed and killed the overseer who made his life hell.
16. Everything is not about you
After a bad breakup, music artist Carly Simon wrote her best-known song, “You're So Vain”, which contains the truly devastating lyrics: “You're so vain / you probably think this song is about you.” Simon's ex Warren Beatty has it definitely done: Simon said in an interview that "[Beatty] sure thought it was about him - he called me and thanked me for the song," but she refused to confirm Beatty was actually the subject of the song . Instead, Simon spoke publicly about the man in the song, saying that the subject is three men, not one man, or that they are "men" in general.
15. The heir to Carly Simon's throne
In Simon's footsteps is superstar Taylor Swift, infamous for writing songs about her ex-boyfriends. The list of song themes is long - Harry Styles, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, etc. - but perhaps no Taylor ex is as satisfying as John Mayer. The two music stars dated for a few months in 2009 and 2010 when Swift was 19 and Mayer was 32. The song "Dear John", the lyrics of which went directly to the age difference between the two with Swift singing "Don't you think I was too young / dealt with" - was widely regarded as one of Swift's best songs. Feeling the sting, Mayer told Rolling Stone magazine that the song's success "humbled" him. For her part, Swift took a lesson straight from Carly Simon's book and said it was "presumptuous" for Mayer to assume the song was about him.
14. No Dogs Allowed
Famed playwright Lord Byron was upset to learn that Cambridge University, which he was attending, did not allow students to keep dogs on campus. Instead of grinning and taking it, Byron decided to "take it" another way - by getting you to campus. The rules, he argues, only banned dogs - they didn't say anything about animal bears.
13th Count of Monte Cristo, IRL
Pierre Picaud, a French shoemaker who lived in the 19th century, has long been the inspiration for the classic adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo suspected by Alexander Dumas. Picaud awakened the green-eyed monster in three of his friends when he became engaged to a rich woman. These jealous friends then reported him to the authorities, falsely accusing him of being an English spy. In prison, Picaud befriended a wealthy inmate who left Picaud his fortune. After Picaud's release, he spent the next decade meticulously planning against his three former friends - and then murdering them.
12. Marked for Life
In 2006, an Indiana man named Anthony Stockelman was jailed for sexually molesting and murdering a 10-year-old girl named Katie Collman. The evidence against him was devastating and Stockelman pleaded guilty to avoiding the death penalty. At first, Stockelman seemed calm in prison - but he was unaware that he was in the same prison as one of Katie's cousins. One night the cousin and a couple of fellow prisoners tattooed Stockelman's forehead. The tattoo in question? "KATIES REVENGE."
11. Young, Scrappy and ... Vengeful?
Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton had never really been friends, but relationships between the two men took a dire turn in 1804. Hamilton had helped Thomas Jefferson win the presidency over Burr; Later, Burr ran for New York Governor, but found that once again Hamilton was working against him. Enough was enough: Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and shot and killed him, and gave Lin Manuel Miranda all the material he would ever need.
10. Cross your heart and insert a needle ... wait ...
Take revenge in Russia: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, drug use was the source of public concern in Russia. Over the course of a decade, the number of heroin addicts in Russia skyrocketed from a few dozen to over 60,000. In 2000, a group of security guards in Russia grabbed a suspected drug dealer, beat him up in public, and then - and this is the real kicker - tied him without pants to a tree where they repeatedly pinned his bare bum with hypodermic needles. Ouch.
9. Pink Sari Warriors
In India, where sexual violence is a major problem and women's rights are poorly protected, some women have chosen to take justice into their own hands. In the province of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, the Gulabi women gang, recognizable by their light pink saris and bamboo sticks, take revenge on men who are accused of mistreating or otherwise mistreating women.
8. The People's Court
In 2003, an Indian man named Akku Yadav was on trial for 24 criminal charges, including murder, without sexual assault. This was a problem because among the women who lived in the impoverished areas of Nagpur, Yadav was a well-known serial rapist. However, Yadav has bribed the local law enforcement agency to look the other way. When a woman tried to report sexual assault by Yadav or one of his gang members, she was often laughed at or dismissed. During the trial, a group of 200 women, convinced that the court would not convict Yadav, took the stand and attacked him. He was stoned, stabbed, castrated with a kitchen knife, and chili powder thrown on his face and open wounds. He was dead within 15 minutes.
7. Skidmore Bully
Skidmore, Missouri, had a problem, and that problem had a name: Ken Rex McElroy, the tyrant of the city. McElroy took bullying to a whole new level in Skidmore, stealing cattle, setting fire to, assaulting women and even forcing a very young girl to be his "bride". The city didn't like him. On July 10, 1981, McElroy was fatally shot on Main Street in Skidmore. Although there were between 30 and 40 witnesses and the crime was committed in the middle of the day, townspeople developed suspicious group amnesia and refused to cooperate with the police.
6. Dangerous gloves
Conan II, the Duke of Brittany in the early 11th century, did not get along with William of Normandy. Conan refused to support William's plan to invade England in 1066 and actually used William's absence during the invasion to try to take control of William's lands himself. William managed his invasion, which meant that Conan had seriously angered the newly minted King of England. William retaliated by murdering Conan, reportedly wearing poisoned riding gloves.
5. Julius and the pirates
Julius Caesar was born in 75 BC. Captured by Sicilian pirates while on the Aegean Sea. The pirates demanded a ransom of 20 talents silver for Caesar's return (about $ 600,000 today), but Caesar indignantly demanded that they ask for more money; 50 talents. They did so, and while the ransom note was being delivered, Caesar charmed many of the pirates, played with them, and generally demanded that they treat him as one of their own. However, he promised them that he would not forget the insult of the imprisonment. Caesar kept his word: after the ransom was paid and he was brought back to Rome, he hunted down the pirates, captured them, captured the 50 talents of silver and then had the soldiers cut in the throat.
4. Hugh Glass: Revenant
Hugh Glass was an American frontier resident who lived and worked in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During a group expedition, Glass came between a grizzly and her two cubs, and he was brutally mangled by the bear. Glass and his companions expected him to die from his injuries, and Glass asked that two men from the company stay with him to bury him after his death. These two men, John S. Fitzgerald and a man named Bridger, stayed behind - but not long. Pretty quickly they left the horribly wounded glass and returned to the group and lied that Glas had died. However, glass did not give up that easily. He regained consciousness to find that he had been abandoned by his compatriots who were left with no weapons, no food and no tools, and that his precious rifle had been stolen from him. Glass caught his own broken leg and crawled the 200 miles to the nearest fort. Then he tracks down the two men who left him. Glass forgave Bridger, who was only 17 at the time, but when he found Fitzgerald he publicly exposed him - and demanded that Fitzgerald return his rifle.
3. Vlad the Impaler
Almost every story about Vlad the Impaler is a bit vengeful, but this one is particularly brutal. When Turkish rulers came to visit, they refused to remove their turbans in Vlad's presence, as it was against their culture. For most people, this would probably not be a situation requiring revenge. But for the man who was the inspiration for Dracula, it certainly was. Vlad retaliated against the Turkish visitors by nailing their turbans to their heads.
2. Dread Pirate Jeanne
After her husband was beheaded by the King of France in 1343, Jeanne de Clisson took action. She vowed that she would take revenge on the rulers who killed her husband, so she attacked the King of England for help. The English king, along with some Breton sympathizers who were closer to home, paid Jeanne to equip three warships, which she painted black. Obviously not one for subtlety, Jeanne called the flagship My revenge . Then she spent the year terrorizing the English Channel and hunting down French ships. If she got one, she would kill almost all of the sailors - but she would always save one or two so they could go back to the French king and tell him what Jeanne had done. She earned her nickname "The Lioness of Brittany".
1. Don't press the pusser
Not only was Buford Pusser a great name, he was a sheriff too.He was the chief lawman in McNary County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970, and he appears to have also been a member of the moral police. Pusser was known in the county for his tenacious stance against all kinds of vices, from monsters to gambling, and he earned him some powerful enemies, including some organized crime groups. The State Line mob tried to assassinate Pusser in 1967. They failed to kill the sheriff, but Pusser's wife Pauline was murdered in the attack. Pusser swore to take revenge because he knew who the four attackers were. The first was killed by a killer believed to have been hired by Pusser. The next two just got shot in Texas; again, many believe that Pusser was responsible, but no one has ever been able to prove it. The last assailant escaped, somehow - he was jailed for another crime. It seems like the prison was the safest place for him.
An eye for an eye, as Gandhi said, can blind the whole world - but these avengers do not care. Some of these vengeful acts are served cold, while others are scorching hot. Some are just funny. Here are 24 spiteful facts about the greatest acts of revenge in history. 24. A Taste of His Own Medicine In 2003 Michigan entrepreneur Alan Ralsky was known as the "Spam King" for the millions of unsolicited spam emails he sent.
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