Top 10 murders in history. Princess, saints, abolitionists, artists, presidents, pacifists… Which has been the most tragic assassination in history? Tell us your opinion.
Julius Caesar. On the Ides of March 44 BC, Julius Caesar was killed by a group of senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus, in fact his adopted son. He was stabbed at the doors of the Senate. His death marks the end of the Republic. Thus, the era of the Roman Empire began.
Joan of Arc. Born to a peasant family in France. Apparently, she received instruccions from God to support King Charles VII and recover France from English domination during the Hundred Years War. On 23 May 1430, Joan was captured at Compiegne by the English army and she was burned at the stake for heresy when she was only 19 years old. Few years later, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial and declared her a martyr proving her innocence.
Anne Boleyn. She was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England. They married on 25 January 1533. As a result of this marriage, the break between the Church of England and Rome took place forever. However, Henry investigated her for high treason. On 2 May 1536, she was sent to the Tower of London. Found guilty, she was beheaded. Contemporary historians view the charges against her: adultery, incest and sorcery, as not credible.
King Louis XVI of France. Found guilty of high treason, he was executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793. From then on, France has been a Republic.
Abraham Lincoln. He was the 16th President of USA. From March 1861 until his murder in April 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C.. He led the United States through its Civil War and abolished slavery.
Francis Ferdinand, duke of Austria and crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He died on June 28, 1914 victim of an attack in Sarajevo (Bosnia). His assassination is considered the cause for the tragic First World War.
Gandhi. He led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights across the world. Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, killed him on 30 January 1948. He shot three bullets into his chest at point-blank range.
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was the 35th President of the United States. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of the crime and arrested that evening. However, Jack Ruby killed Oswald two days later, before a trial could take place. Conspiracy?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement using non-violent civil disobedience based on Gandhi ideas. He was killed by James Earl Ray on April 4 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Everybody has always thought that he was a bigger conspiracy.
John Lennon. Founder of the Beatles, the most successful band in the history of Pop music. Icon of peace and freedom. In 1980, he released a new album titled Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release. Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to his New York apartment in the Dakota. Chapman only wanted fame.