This list contains names and relevant details of various atheistic murderers, including genocidal/democidal dictators, mass shooters, serial killers, etc.
It was composed to correct the notion that “atheists have never killed anyone” that some atheists have tried to argue and that all violence is somehow due to religion/theism.
It has often been observed that when atheists make such a claim and are shown evidence to the contrary, they modify their argument (in a manner of the “No True Scotsman” or “Moving the Goalposts” fallacy) by insisting they meant, “No one has ever killed in the name of atheism,” as this still attempts to pin down something that makes atheism look morally superior to religion/theism which supposedly cannot make the same claim.
However, it could be argued that no one has actually killed in the name of mere “religion” or “theism” either but rather in the name ofspecific religious and theistic ideologies. Likewise, many have also killed in the name ofspecific atheistic ideologies, most famously, Marxism, which was the very reason why many murderers listed here committed their crimes (i.e. to rid the world of religion and of people seen to oppose “Communism”).
Many non-Marxist atheists are listed here as well, diversely discrediting the absurd notion that all violence somehow springs from a belief in God (and thus gives credence to the idea that atheism does not necessarily inhibit humans from killing each other but may, as some of these examples could suggest, do the opposite).
Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) a.k.a. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
Atheist leader of Communist Russia (and the Soviet Union), as well as founder of the Bolshevik party. After overthrowing the Russian King (known as the “tsar”) and murdering his entire family, he institued a campaign of mass killings and torture called the “Red Terror,” which killed around 50,000 to 500,000 people. He also executed 14,000 to 20,000 priests for their disagreements with Bolshevism. Later, he seized food from peasants all over the country, which worsened the Russian Famine of 1921 that ended up killing 5 million people.
He explained that this was a good thing, saying, “Famine would also destroy faith not only in the tsar, but in God too.”
Leon Czolgosz (1873-1901)
Atheist assassin who shot and killed the President of the United States, namely, William McKinley. Notably, he claimed to be inspired by atheist philosopher Emma Goldman, who publically defended his actions.
Felix Dzerzhinsky (1877-1926) a.k.a. “The Iron Felix”
Atheist Director of the Cheka (the Bolshevik secret police), which executed 250,000 to 300,000 people during the Communist Revolution in Russia. He said, “We stand for organised terror – this should be frankly admitted. Terror is an absolute necessity during times of revolution.”
Plutarco Elías Calles (1877-1945)
President of Mexico and Atheist who forcibly shut down multiple religious schools, monasteries, and convents, as well as confiscated large amounts of Church property. His policies ended up killing up to 4,000 priests, depriving 17 Mexican state of priests entirely. (In reaction to his vehement anti-religious policies, the people of Mexico fought back in the “Cristero War,” which they eventually won)
Yemelyan Mikhailovich Yaroslavsky (1878-1943)
a.k.a. Minei Izrailevich Gubelman
Leader of the “League of the Militant Atheists” (a.k.a. “The Society of the Godless”), which not only destroyed 6,000 historical buildings (mostly churches and monasteries) but aided the Soviet government in exterminating Christian clergy and other religious groups, reducing their number from about 50,000 to only 1,000 in Russia through executions and condemnation to Russia’s famous prison camps known as the “Gulags” (where they would overwhelmiongly die from starvation and disease).
Joseph Stalin (1878-1953)
a.k.a. Jozef Vissarionovich Jughashvili
Atheist leader of Communist Russia (and the Soviet Union) who murdered about 50 million people by deliberately causing widespread famines, ordering massive and arbitrary executions, and sending large populations to the unlivable Gulag prison camps. Before this, at the urging of his parents, he had attended an Eastern Orthodox seminary but, far from becoming a priest, ended up becoming an atheist, rejecting Christianity and becoming perhaps the most influential promoter of the anti-religious, political theory of Marxism. Among his atrocities after assuming power in the government, he imposed state atheism, shut down several parishes, levelled numerous historic churches, and slaughtered tens of thousands of nuns, monks, and priests. He is famed for being one of the most murderous dictators of all time.
Gleb Bokii (1879-1937)
Ukrainian Communist and a Soviet secret policeman who shot 1,300 people during the atheist government’s efforts to secure power.
Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)
Marxist revolutionary writer, Soviet politician, and atheist, who acted as Vladimir Lenin’s right hand man, executing 1,200 to 2,168 people in Krondstadt for their disagreements with Bolshevism. Notably, he also founded the Red Army which would commit many of the Communist atrocities of the early Soviet era.
Vera Grebeniukova (dates unknown) a.k.a. Dora
Member of the Cheka (the Bolshevik secret police) and atheist who tortured and shot 700 prisoners during the early years of Communist Russia.
Manuel Azaña (1880-1940) a.k.a. Manuel Azaña Díaz
Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko (1883-1938)
a.k.a. “The Bayonet” or “Nikita”
Bolshevik leader and atheist who was responsible for the brutal massacre of the Tambov Resistance, crushing peasants who resisted Communism, resulting 200,000 to 240,000 deaths (some of these being martial killings).
Benito Mussolini (1883-1945)
a.k.a. Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini
Italian dictator and founder of the political ideology known as “Fascism” who caused the starvation of 40,000 people in Libya and massacred 30,000 Ethiopians. Despite receiving nominal membership in the Church in order to appeal to Catholics at one point, he was known to be an atheist, refering to himself as an “outright disbeliever” and that the Catholic Pope was a “malignant tumor” in Italy which must “be rooted out once and for all,” declaring that there was no room in Rome for both the Pope and himself.
Naftaly Frenkel (1883-1960)
Hideki Tojo (1884-1948)
Military General and Prime Minister of Japan who was reponsible for the deaths of 5 million people (in addition to all the martial deaths he caused during World War II, especially regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor, which he ordered).
Petru Groza (1884-1958)
Atheist leader of Communist Romania, under whose leadership 60,000 people were executed and 100,000 others died under forced labor.
Sergei Mironovich Kirov (1886-1934) a.k.a. Kostrikov
Prominent Bolshevik leader (President of the Revolutionary Military Committee) and atheist who ordered “the merciless extermination” of prisoners “by any means possible.” Around 4,000 prisoners had stones tied around their necks and were thrown in a river to drown.
Rosalia Zemlyachka (1876-1947)
Russian revolutionary, Soviet politician, and atheist who murdered 50,000 soldiers in brutal manners in Crimea, despite having promised them safe passage.
Béla Kun (1886-1939) a.k.a. Béla Kohn
Marxist revolutionary, atheist, and Soviet leader of Hungary who, when he had control of Crimea, carried out executions, resulting in the shooting of 60,000 and 70,000 people.
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)
German Nazi dictator who is responsible for the Holocaust (a.k.a. The Shoah), a genocide that killed 11 million people, notably killing 6 million Jews due to the Nazis’ particularly anti-semitic policies. While he would sometimes claim to be a Christian to the religious public, Hitler also declared, “Our epoch will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity,” and claimed that “The Christian religion is nothing but a Jewish sect,” and that, “One is either a Christian or a German. You cannot be both.” Joseph Goebbels affirmed that Hitler was “completely anti-Christian” and said the best way for them to deter the churches from fighting the Nazi government was to “claim” to be Christian while gradually “strangle any attempt” of religion from interfering with the state. Hitler said that he used the term “God” to refer to “the dominion of natural laws throughout the universe” (and said that he was opposed to “atheism” if it meant denying that). However, he was against any religious conception of God, saying that priests have exploited people’s feeling, and that “In the long run, National Socialism [a.k.a. Nazism] and religion will no longer be able to exist together.” For such reasons, there have obviously been historians who have classified Hitler as an atheist.
Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969)
a.k.a. Nguyễn Sinh Cun or Nguyễn Tất Thành
Carl Panzram (1891-1930) a.k.a. Jefferson Rhoades
American criminal and atheist who murdered 21 people, raped over 1,000 people, and committed multiple burglaries, robberies, larcenies, and arsons. He said, “I don’t believe in man, God nor Devil. I hate the whole damned human race, including myself… I preyed upon the weak, the harmless and the unsuspecting. This lesson I was taught by others: Might makes right.”
Genrikh Yagoda (1891-1838) a.k.a. Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda
Soviet secret police official and atheist who is held responsible for the deaths of over 7 million Ukrainians during the “Holodomor” (a man-made famine in Ukraine engineered by the Soviet government). He was also one of the architects of the gulag system.
Bolesław Bierut (1892-1956)
Atheist leader of Communist Poland and agent of the NKVD (a Soviet law enforcement agency) who executed 22,000 to 54,000 people of the Polish population, targeting Catholic priests especially as they who were considered dangerous to the Communist regime.
Mátyás Rákosi (1892-1971) a.k.a. “Stalin’s Best Pupil”
Atheist leader of Hungary, under whose leadership, 150,000 people were imprisoned, 2,000 of which were excuted. He also purged tens of thousands from the government, 5,000 of which were executed. He coined the term “salami tactics,” when eliminating his non-Communist rivals, describing the process as “cutting them off like slices of salami.”
Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980) a.k.a. Josip Broz
Atheist Dictator of Yugoslavia, directly responsible for the death of 570,000 to 1,170,000 people.
Mao Zedung (1893-1976) a.k.a. Mao Tse-tung
Atheist Leader of Communist China who killed 40 million to around 80 million people, through starvation, forced labor, and mass executions, famously making him the most murderous person in the history of the world.
Lazar Kaganovich (1893-1991)
Soviet politician who was instrumental in the atheist government’s “dekulakization” and engineered famines which killed 14.5 million people.
Nikolai Yezhov (1895-1940)
Head of the NKVD and atheist, where, under his leadership, 681,692 were executed and 140,000 who were arrested and eventually died in the Russian gulags from starvation.
Khorloogiin Choibalsan (1895-1952)
Atheist leader of Communist Mongolia who executed around 35,000 people.
Vasily Blokhin (1895-1955)
Soviet Russian Major-General, atheist, and chief executioner for the NKVD who holds the Guinness World Record for “The Most Prolific Executioner,” having personally shot at least 7,000 prisoners to perhaps as much as 50,000 prisoners.
Lazar Kogan (1899-1939) a.k.a. Lazar Iosifovich Kogan
Lavrentiy Beria (1899-1953)
Soviet politician and atheist who executed 7,000 to 10,000 Georgians in response to a nationalist uprising, which eventually got him promoted to Chief of the NKVD, where he was later responsible for the execution of 22,000 Polish captives. He also known to have raped many women.
Paul Jaworski (1900-1929) a.k.a. Paul Poluszynski
Polish Atheist and gangster in Cleveland, Ohio, who killed up to 26 people. Before his execution, he was offered to see a chaplain but responded, “I preached atheism since the day I quit singing the choir. A man is yellow if he spends his life believing in nothing and then comes crawling to the church because he is afraid his death is near.”
Martin Bormann (1900-1945)
Nazi German who was the right-hand man of Adolf Hitler and a known atheist, who signed the decree of 9 October 1942 prescribing that “the permanent elimination of the Jews from the territories of Greater Germany can no longer be carried out by emigration but by the use of ruthless force in the special camps of the East,” thus playing a leading role in the Nazi Holocaust, which would murder 6 million Jews. He also enthusiastically supported the Nazi campaign against the Church, saying, “The Christian religion and National Socialist doctrines [a.k.a. Nazism] are not compatible,” and banned clergy from the Nazi Party, forbade crucifixes in classrooms, and tried to get a leading Catholic bishop executed for his opposition to the Nazi’s non-voluntary euthanasia program.
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej (1901-1965)
Bogdan Kobulov (1904-1953)
One of the main Soviet politicians and atheist police members who sentenced 22,000 people to death at the Katyn Massacre.
Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997)
Władysław Gomułka (1905-1982)
Atheist leader of post-war Communist Poland, under whose leadership, Soviet terror killed 200,000 to 1 million people.
Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982)
Atheist leader of Communist Russia (and the Soviet Union) whose genocide in Afghanistan killed 900,000 people.
Bhagat Singh (1907-1931) a.k.a. Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Indian Marxist who opposed Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence and murdered a police officer and threw bombs into a crowd, causing injuries but fortunately no deaths. He wrote a work called “Why I am an Atheist,” saying, “Where is God? What is He doing? Is He getting a diseased pleasure out of it? A Nero! A Genghis Khan! Down with Him!”
Le Duan (1907-1986) a.k.a. Lê Duẩn
Atheist politician of Communist Vietnam who extrajudicially executed more than 100,000 people.
Truong Chinh (1907-1988)
a.k.a. Trường Chinh or Đặng Xuân Khu
Atheist leader of Communist Vietnam who executed 50,000 to 100,000 during his social reforms of Vietnam.
Enver Hoxha (1908-1985)
Atheist Leader of Communist Albania who killed more than 100,000 of his own citizens.
Ne Win (1910-2002)
Todor Zhivkov (1911-1998)
Atheist head of State in Communist Bulgaria, under whose leadership the country’s agricultural collectivization and political repression resulted in the deaths of 31,000 to 100,000 people (though some portion of these deaths happened under the few shorter-lived Marxist leaders before him, including Valko Chervenkov and Anton Yugov).
Kim Il-sung (1912-1994)
North Korean dictator who murdered as much as 3.5 million people when he violently transformed North Korea to conform to the political ideology known as “Juche,” a culturally Korean version of Marxism-Leninism, resulting in the country becoming an atheist state.
Nur Muhammad Taraki (1917-1979)
Marxist President, Prime Minister, and General Secretary of Afghanistan who, despite having a Muslim background, promoted state atheism, launching a violent campaign of repression that killed up to 27,000 people.
Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918-1989)
Atheist and Communist Leader of Romania who murdered over 60,000 people in the revolution in Timișoara.
Kaysone Phomvihane (1920-1992)
Communist Prime Minister of Laos and atheist who murdered 100,000 (out of 400,000) in the Hmong Genocide.
Hua Guofeng (1921-2008)
Atheist Leader of Communist China, under whose leadership the one-child policy was instituted, which forced families to have only one child (though sometimes two, if the first one was female). This law stayed in effect until about 2015, having been enforced not only through contraception, but abortion (both voluntary and forced) and infanticide. The Chinese Health ministry reported that there have been over 336 million abortions performed on account of China’s one-child policy (they also estimated it as about 1,500 abortions an hour).
Pol Pot (1925-1998) a.k.a. Saloth Sar
Atheist Leader of the violent revolutionary group known as the Khmer Rouge who became the leader of Cambodia, murdering 1 to 3 million of the country’s population.
Ta Mok (1926-2006) a.k.a. Chhit Choeun
Cambodian military chief of atheist Khmer Rouge who was blamed for the death of around 1.7 million people.
Fidel Castro (1926-) a.k.a. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
Atheist leader of Communist Cuba who killed 35,000 to 141,000 people.
Jiang Zemin (1926-)
Atheist Leader of China who ordered the torture and murder of 65,000 followers of the Falun Gong religion (which was considered dangerous to Communism), after which he then harvested their organs.
Che Guevara (1928-1967) a.k.a. Ernesto Guevara
Atheist revolutionary leader who helped spread Marxism in Cuba. He wrote to his father about how he liked killing his first victim, seeing his brains pop out when he shot him in the head, and concluded, “Papa, I think I enjoy killing.” He went on to execute 14,000 people in the name of atheistic Communism. Notably, he also asked the Soviets to give him nuclear weapons in order to bring about a nuclear apocalypse, saying, “the people [of Cuba] you see today tell you that even if they should disappear from the face of the earth because an atomic war is unleashed in their names … they will feel completely happy and fulfilled.” In addition, he fanatically suported Communist regimes throughout the world that killed millions upon millions of other people. He has been widely celebrated by atheists, including Christopher Hitchens who considered him “a role model.”
Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011) a.k.a. “Dr. Death”
American pathologist and promoter of euthanasia who performed over 130 physician-assisted suicides and was eventually arrested for it. When asked if he believed in a god, he quipped, “Bach. At least I didn’t make mine up.”
Babrak Karmal (1929-1996) a.k.a. Sultan Hussein
Jim Jones (1931-1978)
American Marxist who transformed a group of church members into a Communist cult, wherein his fanatical followers would commit suicide on his command, resulting in a mass suicide of over 900 people (some of whom were forcibly killed, including children). He said that he “took the church and used the church to bring people to atheism.”
Samora Machel (1933-1986)
Atheist President of Mozambique, who ruled the country in a Marxist-Leninist tradition and set up “reeducation centers” that have been described as “infamous centers of torture and death,” where an estimated 30,000 people died.
Than Shwe (1933-)
Alvin Lee King III (1935-1982)
A former teacher at a Texas high school, where he was known to be an outspoken atheist, who burst into a church with a rifle and a pistol, murdering 5 Christians and wounding at least 10 others (later hanging himself in his jail cell).
Richard Kuklinski (1935-2006) a.k.a. “The Iceman”
American contract killer who murdered up to 250 people for the mob. He admitted to being an atheist, saying the Church was a sham and that if God really existed, there would be no violence in the world.
Andrei Chikatilo (1936-1994) a.k.a. “The Red Ripper”
Soviet serial killer who killed and cannibalized 53 people. He confessed that Communism had a negative effect on him and that his atheism inspired him with anxiety which caused his mind to “split.”
Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937-)
Atheist leader of Communist Ethiopia who killed 500,000 to 2 million.
Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963)
Slobodan Milošević (1941-2006)
a.k.a. “Sloba” and “Butcher of the Balkans”
Atheist Leader of Communist Serbia who slaughtered 250,000 people (some number of these being martial killings).
Kim Jong-il (1941/1942-2011)
James Oliver Huberty (1942-1984)
Ted Kaczynski (1942-) a.k.a. “The Unabomber”
American atheist and anarchist who killed 3 people and injured 23 others with a series of homemade bombs.
His parents raised him as an “intellectual atheist,” and he maintained, “I believe in nothing.”
José Eduardo dos Santos (1942-)
Atheist President of Angola and Marxist-Leninist, under whose leadership 125,000 people were killed in democide (some of these deaths possibly being on account of Angola’s preceding Marxist President, Agostinho Neto), though he became less Marxist and accordingly less democidal later in life.
Hu Jintao (1942-)
Atheist leader of Communist China, under whose leadership around 75,000 people were executed.
Gary Heidnick (1943-1999) a.k.a. Gary Michael Heidnik
Criminal from Pennsylvania who kidnapped, tortured, and raped 6 women, eventually murdering 2 of them, turning one into food and feeding her to the others. Though he founded a mock “church” on the side to receive tax exemptions, he said he had always been an atheist.
Leonard Lake (1945-1985)
Dennis Nilsen (1945-)
a.k.a. “The Muswell Hill Murderer” and “The Kindly Killer”
Ted Bundy (1946-1989) a.k.a. Theodore Robert Cowell
Atheist serial killer who murdered 30 to over 100 people.
David Roland Waters (1947-2003)
An atheist and office manager of the organization called “American Atheists” who murdered 4 people.
David Berkowitz (1953-) a.k.a. “Son of Sam”
Atheist serial killer who murdered 6 people and wounded 7 others. He claimed he was involved with a Satanic cult but also said he did not believe in God.
Velupillai Prabhakaran (1954-2009)
a.k.a. Thiruvenkadam Velupillai Prabhakaran
Military leader and founder of the “Tamil Tigers,” an atheist terrorist group based in Sri Lanka that sprang from Marxist-Leninst philosophy that vehemently rejected all religion. They assassinated many high-ranking political figures, including multiple world leaders (the only terrorist organization to have done so), additionally murdering over 4,000 people in only a few years through a variety of terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings. They were also the leading instigators and most prolific users of suicide attacks in the modern world, notably being the ones to invent exploding suicide vests (even though the suicide vest is popularly attributed only to “religious extremists,” particularly radical Muslims, despite it actually being a product of anti-religious, atheistic terrorism).
Brian Dugan (1956-)
Serial killer who murdered 3 people and sexually assaulted several women in Chicago. He described himself as atheist to reporters and said he did not believe in heaven or hell, good or evil, calling them all “mad-made constructions.”
Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994) a.k.a. “The Milwaukee Cannibal”
Atheist serial killer who murdered 17 people. He tortured, raped, dismembered, and cannibalized several of his victims. He credited his atheism for being the reason why he killed people, saying, “If it all happens naturalistically, what’s the need for a god? Can’t I set my own rules? Who owns me? I own myself.”
Marc Lépine (1964-1989)
Timothy McVeigh (1968-2001)
American terrorist who was convicted of the Oklahoma City Bombing, which killed 168 people and injured over 600 others (the deadliest terrorist attack prior to September 11, 2001). He informed the press that he did not believe in God.
Craig Stephen Hicks (1968-)
Atheist mass murderer who killed 3 Muslim students in the 2015 Chapel Hill shooting. He regularly made online posts condeming all religions, described himself as an “anti-theist,” was a supporter of “Atheists for Equality,” and was an outspoken fan of Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion.
John Hughes (c. 1977-)
Atheist serial killer from the Isle of Man who confessed to killing 15 or more people. He compared himself to the Anti-Christ and told reporters he did not believe in God.
Israel Keyes (1978-2012)
Atheist serial killer from Utah who murdered 8 or more people before killing himself.
Seth Privacky (1980-2010)
American mass murderer who killed 5 people, including his parents, brother, and grandfather, telling people that he had been raised with “an atheistic, or agnostic, view to life.”
Eric Harris (1981-1999)
One of the two high school students who committed the “Columbine High School Massacre” in which they shot and killed 13 people and injured 24 others (before killing themselves). He had written in his journal that he did not want to do what “parents, cops, God, or teachers” tell him to do, making him, at the very least, a practical atheist (and notably, he never indicated he believed in God at all). As recorded on a video tape, Harris is seen saying, “Go Romans! Thank God they crucified that asshole.” He was enamored with Charles Darwin’s concept of “Natural Selection,” writing, “Natural SELECTION!!!!!!!!!!! God damn it’s the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms. I wish the government would just take off every warning label. So then all the dumbasses would either severely hurt themselves or DIE!” On the day of the shooting, he wore a t-shirt with the label “Natural Selection” written across it.
Dylan Klebold (1981-1999)
The other one of the two high school students who committed the “Columbine High School Massacre” in which (once again) they shot and killed 13 people and injured 24 others (before killing themselves). Recorded on video tape, he is seen cheering with Harris for the Romans because they crucified Christ (“that asshole” as Harris put it). Also on video tape, Klebold said he disliked one of his classmates, Rachel Scott, calling her a “Christian, Godly little whore,” suggesting than he was not only an atheist but an anti-theist as well. Klebold and Harris made her the first victim of the Columbine shooting. After shooting her once, he asked, “Do you still believe in God?” to which she said, “You know I do.” He then mocked, “Go be with with him,” shooting her in the head.
Kimveer Gill (1981-2006)
Canadian mass shooter and self-described atheist who perpetrated the “Dawson College shooting,” in which he shot and killed 1 and injured 19 others, before shooting himself in the head. In addition to being a fan of the Columbine High School Massacre, he had written on his website, “I hate this world, I hate the people in it, I hate the way people live, I hate God, I hate the deceivers, I hate betrayers, I hate religious zealots, I hate everything … I hate so much …”
Kip Kinkel (1982-)
Atheist High Schooler who shot and killed both his parents. The next day he went to school and shot and killed 2 students as well as wounded 35 others in the “Thurston High School shooting.” He said, “If there was a God, he wouldn’t let me feel the way I do. There is no God, only hate.”
Kim Jong-un (1983-)
North Korean dictator who maintained North Korea as an atheist state and executed about 70 people just in the first few years of his reign to secure his power as well as for personal vendetta. Some of these executions were done “creatively,” such as by anti-aircraft gun, mortar shell, and tying someone to a stake while torching them with a flame-thrower. He also killed, tortured, and starved an unknown amount of other people, numbering at least in the hundreds.
Michael Adam Carneal (1983-)
A self-professed atheist who went to a religious youth group in Kentucky and began shooting them after the opening prayer, murdering three girls and wounding five others.
Seung-Hui Cho (1984-2007)
South Korean mass shooter who killed 32 students (before killing himself) in the “Virginia Tech Shooting.” He apparently had become an atheist, having dropped out of his church, and, according to his roommate, had “railed against his parents’ strong Christian faith.”
Matti Juhani Saari (1986-2008)
James Holmes (1987-) a.k.a. “The Dark Knight Killer”
American mass murderer who was convicted on 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder, having shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, which was playing the film “The Dark Knight Rises” while he was dressed as the Joker. He had labelled himself an agnostic on an online dating service website (which, according to some atheists, would make him qualify as an atheist).
Jeffrey James Weise (1988-2005) a.k.a. Jeff Weise
Ojibwe student who killed 9 and injured 7 people at Red Lake Senior High School, after which he then shot himself. His behavior during the shooting spree indicated militant atheism as a motive. He shot a female teacher in response to her saying, “God be with us,” and then turned and asked a student, “Do you believe in God?” to which the student answered, “No,” and consequently spared the student and proceeded to find alternate targets.
Jared Lee Loughner (1988-)
Atheist mass shooter in the 2011 Tucson shooting, killing 6 people (including a U.S. District Court Judge) and injuring 13 others (including a U.S. Representative). He was an outspoken critic of US currency having the phrase “In God We Trust,” repeatedly mocked all religion (especially Christianity), and said Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” was one of his favorite books.
Pekka-Eric Auvinen (1989-2007)
Finnish student and Nazi enthusiast who shot and killed 8 people before killing himself in the “Jokela school shooting.” He described himself as a “godlike atheist,” having said, “I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit.”
Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer (1989-2015)
a.k.a. Chris Harper Mercer
Mass murderer from California who killed 9 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the deadliest shooting in the state’s history. He described himself as an atheist on his MySpace page and asked multiple people if they were Christians and then shot them after they answered yes.
Elliot Rodger (1991-2014)
Atheist mass murderer who killed 6 people and injured 14 others at the University of California, Santa Barbara, using multiple guns and knives, and then committed suicide. He had written in his journal: “I am the closest thing there is to a living god. Humanity is a disgusting, depraved, and evil species. It is my purpose to punish them all.”
Craig Stephen Hicks (1970-)
Craig Stephen Hicks, shot and killed the three people in a single attack. On February 10, 2015, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed in their home in Finley Forest Condominiums on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.
Hicks posted on Facebook comments and images that condemned all religions, religious belief, and religious violence, and his profile read “Atheists for Equality”. He was critical of Christian opponents of the Park51 project, stating: “Seems an overwhelming majority of Christians in this country feel that the Muslims are using the Ground Zero mosque plans to ‘mark their conquest […] bunch of hypocrites, everywhere I’ve been in this country there are churches marking the Christian conquest of this country from the Native Americans.”[Hicks had set a banner image on his page to one stating: “I don’t deny you your right to believe whatever you’d like; but I have the right to point out it’s ignorant and dangerous for as long as your baseless superstitions keep killing people.”
Chris Harper-Mercer (1991-)
A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.
“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.
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- Peter Beaumont, “Slobodan Milosevic dies alone with history still demanding justice,” The Guardian (March 11, 2006) ↩
- Jordan Weissmann, “How Kim Jong Il Starved North Korea,” The Atlantic (December 30, 2011). ↩
- Marcus Noland, Sherman Robinson, and Tao Wang, Famine in North Korea: Causes and Cures (Washington D.C.: Institute for International Economics, 1999). ↩
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- Stephen J. Dubner, “I Don’t Want To Live Long. I Would Rather Get The Death Penalty Than Spend The Rest Of My Life In Prison,” Time Magazine (October 18, 1999). ↩
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- David Walker and Daniel Gray, The A to Z of Marxism in The A to Z Guide Series, No. 67 (Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, 2009), 14. Santos’ presidency began in 1979 and has continued into the 1990s, at which point the democidal figures had stopped and his Marxism waned.↩
- The Dui Hua Foundation (http://duihua.org/wp/?page_id=136). His time in office extended from 2002 to 2012, and this website estimates over 75,000 people executed in China during that time. ↩
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- Russ Coffey, Dennis Nilsen (London: John Blake Publishing, 2013), 216. ↩
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- Transcript of CNN Larry King Weekend, Encore Presentation: Interview With David Berkowitz, CCN Aired October 26, 2002, 21:00 ET
He later became a Christian in prison. ↩
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- https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2008/january/tamil_tigers011008 ↩
- http://www.military.com/Opinions/0,,Hayden_072905,00.html ↩
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- Teresa K. Sourour, “Report of Coroner’s Investigation,” Montreal, May 10, 1991. http://www.diarmani.com/Montreal_Coroners_Report.pdf↩
- Monique Lépine and Harold Gagné, Aftermath: The Mother of Marc Lepine Tells the Story of Her Life Before and After the Montreal Massacre (Viking Canada, 2008), 98. ↩
- http://www.cnn.com/COMMUNITY/transcripts/2001/04/04/michelherbeck/ ↩
- Antonia Blumberg, “Craig Hicks, Chapel Hill Shooting Suspect, Reportedly Shared Atheist Beliefs On Facebook,” The Huffington Post (February 11, 2015).↩
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_XsYUoeRzs&list=PL349680655F91567A&index=29 ↩
- “Israel Keyes Murders: Confessed Serial Killer Refused To Denounce His Atheism, Pastor Says,” The Huffington Post (December 7, 2012). ↩
- Lisa Medendorp, “Seth Privacky: 10 years later, and still no answers,” The Muskegon Chronicle (November 25, 2008). Seth Privacky later became Christian after his arrest. Dennis Edwards, the detective captain on the case, said that everybody gets religion when they go to jail. ↩
- Gina Lamb, “Columbine High School,” The New York Times (April 17, 2008). ↩
- http://acolumbinesite.com/eric/writing/journal/journal.html ↩
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- Peter Langman, Transcript of the Columbine ‘Basement Tapes’,” Version 1.0 (schoolshooters.info, July 29, 2014), 2. ↩
- Transcript, CNN NEWSROOM, Aired April 20, 2009 – 10:00 ET. This is not the case that involved the shooting of Cassie Bernall, which is now believed to have been misreported. ↩
- http://www.lorencoleman.com/copycateffect/ ↩
- “Woman, gunman dead in Montreal school rampage,” CBC News (September 14, 2006). ↩
- Patrick Lagace, “Killer loved Columbine game,” Toronto Sun (September 14, 2006). ↩
- Associated Press, Allan Chernoff, and Katherine Wojtecki, “College shooter showed rage, no motive,” CNN (September 14, 2006). ↩
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- The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina (December 3, 1997), 6. Even though his pastor thought he was a Christian due to the lip service he gave in Sunday School, Carneal himself said he was an atheist. ↩
- Ian Shapira and Tom Jackman, “Gunman Kills 32 at Virginia Tech In Deadliest Shooting in U.S. History,” The Washington Post (April 17, 2007).↩
- https://governor.virginia.gov/media/3772/fullreport.pdf. This source says that Cho’s mother said the rumor that Cho had been seeing a pastor was untrue. ↩
- Toby Harnden, “The roommate’s story,” The Daily Telegraph (April 19, 2007). ↩
- http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/642963/Finnish-rampage-killers-six-year-plan ↩
- Arjun Ramachandran, “You will fight alone in your personal war,” Brisbane Times (September 24, 2008). ↩
- “Colo. shooting suspect James Holmes’ apartment booby trapped, police say,” CBS News (July 20, 2012). ↩
- Richard Esposito, Jack Date, Pierre Thomas, and Lee Ferran, “Aurora ‘Dark Knight’ Suspect James Holmes Said He ‘Was the Joker’: Cops,” ABC News (July 20, 2012). ↩
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- “School gunman stole police pistol, vest: Student killed 9 before turning weapon on himself,” CNN (March 23, 2005). ↩
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- “Teen gunman dead from critical injuries who opened fire on Finnish classmates,” CNN (November 9, 2007). ↩
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- Richard Winton, Rosanna Xia, and Rong-Gong Lin II, “Isla Vista shooting: Read Elliot Rodger’s graphic, elaborate attack plan,” Los Angeles Times (May 25, 2014). ↩