Ivan the Terrible, the first psychopathic tsar of Russia | XLWeekly

Nor his pulse trembled when he ordered his enemies to be scalded in boiling water or to have the phrase inscribed on their skin with fire: “Without such terror, justice in the world is not possible.” Tsar Ivan IV boasted of having raped a thousand virgins and of having sacrificed the children he had with them. After a short nap he used to visit the dungeons to attend the torture of some prisoners. He felt immense pleasure in the sight of agony.

On one occasion he met his daughter-in-law Elena at the palace, whom he beat for dressing inappropriately. His son’s protests angered his father so much that he killed him with a brutal blow to the head with his iron staff. Although he was a remorseless monster, he never got over the murder of his own heir.

Ivan the Terrible, the first psychopathic tsar of Russia | XLWeekly