Most Evil Couples in History
The Top Ten
1 Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu were the leading figures of the Communist regime in Romania. Their rule was marked by widespread repression and economic stagnation. Ultimately, the couple was executed in 1989 after a military tribunal found them guilty of crimes against the state.
2 Fred and Rosemary West Fred and Rosemary West are infamous for their gruesome series of murders in the United Kingdom. Between them, they tortured and killed at least a dozen young women, including their own family members, during the 1970s and 1980s. Their house at 25 Cromwell Street became known as the "House of Horrors" after the discovery of multiple victims' remains there.
3 Ian Brady and Myra Hindley Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, known as the Moors murderers, were responsible for the abductions and murders of five children in England during the 1960s. Their crimes, which they buried on the Saddleworth Moor, shocked the nation for their cruelty and callousness. They were both sentenced to life imprisonment, where Ian Brady died in 2017, while Hindley died in 2002.
4 Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were a Canadian couple who committed multiple sexual assaults and murders in the early 1990s. Their heinous acts, including the killing of Karla's younger sister, led to widespread horror across Canada. Bernardo is serving a life sentence without parole, while Homolka, after striking a deal with prosecutors, was released after serving 12 years.
5 Mary I and Philip II Mary I of England and Philip II of Spain were married in an attempt to create a powerful Catholic alliance across Europe. Their marriage was unpopular in England and remained childless, which prevented a Habsburg succession to the English throne. Mary's reign is remembered for her attempts to restore Roman Catholicism, leading to the persecution and execution of hundreds of Protestants.
6 Ilse and Karl-Otto Koch Ilse and Karl-Otto Koch were notorious for their management of Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Ilse, known as the "Witch of Buchenwald," was infamous for her cruelty and sadistic treatment of prisoners. Karl-Otto was executed for war crimes, while Ilse was sentenced to life imprisonment but committed suicide before serving her full sentence.
7 Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate embarked on a violent crime spree across Nebraska and Wyoming in the late 1950s. Their murderous journey claimed ten lives, causing a wave of panic throughout the United States. Starkweather was executed in 1959, while Fugate served 17 years in prison before her release.
8 Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, a period characterized by martial law, corruption, and human rights violations. Their regime amassed an enormous wealth while the country suffered from economic difficulties. They were ousted from power during the People Power Revolution and lived in exile until Ferdinand's death in 1989. Imelda has since returned to the Philippines and engaged in politics.
9 Mao Zedong and Jiang Qing
10 Wu Zetian and Tang Gaozong
11 Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici
12 Phillip and Nancy Garrido
13 Marc Dutroux and Michelle Martin
14 Joseph and Magda Goebbels Joseph and Magda Goebbels were prominent figures in Nazi Germany, with Joseph serving as the Minister for Propaganda. They were staunch supporters of Adolf Hitler and were involved in the dissemination of anti-Semitic propaganda. In the final days of World War II, they committed suicide after poisoning their six children in Hitler's bunker.
15 Gerald and Charlene Gallego
16 Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb
17 Mohamed Mahmoud (Islamic militant) and Ahlam al-Nasr
18 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were an infamous American criminal couple during the Great Depression. They captured the public's attention with their bank robberies and daring escapes from law enforcement. Their crime spree ended in 1934 when they were ambushed and killed by police in Louisiana.
19 Cameron and Janice Hooker
20 Roman Podkopaev and Inessa Tarverdiyeva
21 Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik
22 Robert and Grace Mugabe
23 Ray and Faye Copeland
24 John and Elvira Bender
25 Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck