New video seems to show that Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi was forcibly sodomized as he slowly died from gunshot wounds.
Not a great way to go, but he wouldn't be the first dictator to either suffer from a tortured death or have his corpse desecrated by revenge-seekers.
There's something about reaping what you sow, but there's also, you know, the whole "be civilized" thing and not stooping down to a monster's level.
First, the graphic video of Gadhafi's rape, then the unhappy outcomes of five other dictators.
5. Oliver Cromwell Oliver Cromwell's genocide of the Irish didn't stop him from being a hero to some (many?) in England, even to this day.
When he died in 1658, he was buried with great pomp in Westminster Abbey. He stayed there for three years, until his body was dug up, ritually executed (which is really gilding the lily) and then his corpse was hung in chains and eventually tossed into a pit. Except for the head, which was displayed publicly on a pike in London for two decades.
At least we got Elvis Costello's "Oliver's Army" out of his exploits.
4. Roman Emperor Valerian While he may not have been as bloodthirsty a dictator as, say Adolf Hitler, Valerian was still a Roman emperor. And, even with all the "What have the Romans ever done for us" and all, Roman emperors could be a pretty bad lot.
Valerian paid the price, if legend is true. He was captured by the Persian King Sapor through some trickery in 260, and that was only the beginning. Sapor used him as a footstool and, when that began to get boring, forced him to drink molted-down gold. For the piece de resistance, he then had Valerian's body skinned, stuffed with straw and mounted as a trophy.
Saddam Hussein suffered a modern-day version of death humiliation: His hanging was captured by cellphone video. Even Hussein haters were a bit abashed, although the footage is nowhere near Gadhafi-level sordidness. Also, Hussein's body was stabbed a half-dozen times after he was dead.
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2. Tsar Nicholas II The clueless Russian tsar and his family met a violent end. Revolutionists gave them a death sentence while they were being imprisoned in a remote village, so they were led down to a basement and then shot repeatedly. Legend has it that his wife and one of his daughters survived for a while longer than the rest because the jewels they had sewn into their dresses to keep hidden acted as bulletproof vests. The bodies were then buried, and lost for many years until they were finally discovered in 1979. One of the tsar's daughters, of course, was long rumored to have survived, and fake Anastasias occasionally showed up in the 20th century. But as we know from a noted historian, someone "killed the tsar and his ministers: Anastasia screamed in vain."
1. Benito Mussolini Il Duce tried to escape to Switzerland in the waning days of World War II, but was captured and killed. His body, along with that of his mistress, was dumped afterward in an Italian village. Residents there spent hours kicking it and spitting on it before deciding to hang the corpses upside down, because why the hell not?