Arising from his background of having been an underdog, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya takes on and supports a multitude of terrorist causes around the world.
Gaddafi Sponsors Terrorism Across the Globe
It's claimed that as Sergey Kirov, head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, became more and more popular Stalin had him assassinated and used this as a pretext to purge his political rivals.
Stalin Purges Enemies and Friends Alike
As he demonstrated with one particular dissident, Mao uses violence and intimidation to craft a sort of toolkit of terror in order to establish himself as the unchallenged leader of a nascent Communist China.
Mao Tortures His Way To Power
Mussolini leaves no room for opposition in his bloody quest to create a new Roman empire.
Mussolini Strives for a New Roman Empire
Bin Laden becomes a heroic figure on the battlefield setting him up to become a leader of militant Muslims.
Bin Laden's Rise from Battlefield Hero to Militant Leader
Despite being in high positions within the North Korean hierarchy Kim Jong-il has those who question his suitability to succeed his father murdered.
Kim Jong-il Kills Those In the Way of His Ascent to Power
After recovering from a heart attack that left him unconscious for 9 hours and with possible neurological damage, Haiti's Francois Duvalier became more paranoid, erratic and repressive.
Papa Doc Becomes a Paranoid and Erratic Tyrant After Heart Attack