14. Pol Pot
In just four years, Pol Pot slaughtered 1 to 3 million Cambodians, or nearly 25% of the country’s entire population. His policies included forced labor camps, ethnic cleansing, and irregular military operations – “irregular” referring to the random, undisciplined and merciless actions of his Khmer Rouge.
Pol Pot reduced the lives of people living in his the countryside to those suffered by feudal peasants living hundreds of years before. Urban dwellers were relocated to the countryside to join them, especially if they were educated.
In his killing fields, his officers were ordered not to waste bullets. Their solution? Order the prisoners to bury themselves alive.