Children Of The Most Evil Men In History.

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We can exercise the power of choice every day. We decide what we're going to eat, whether or not we should kiss the girl, who our true friends are, and whether or not we should move across the country. But there are some things in life that we can't choose, like our parents.

When we're younger, we might make the mistake of judging and criticizing our parents despite all they've done for us. They might hold a job that is too embarrassing to say out loud to your friends, even though it pays the bills. They might not be up to speed with the latest trends, or they might be too up to speed. But as we grow older and wiser, most of us learn to love and respect our parents just as they are.

But what about the kids who are born to dictators? What are their lives like? Not only do they bear a bad name, they bear a history of pain that can never be erased, which is a heavy burden to be placed on a child who had nothing to do with it.

Scroll below to learn about the children of some of the world's most ruthless people in history, such as Attila the Hun and Joseph Stalin. In some cases, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree and in others, change is in the forecast, for good. And for the most unfortunate, sudden death.

#1. Kim Jong-nam (Kim Jong-il): When Dreams Get Crushed

Kim Jong-nam (right) is the firstborn son of Kim Jong-il (left), the former supreme leader of North Korea who took over after the death of his own father, Kim Il-sung. Kim Jong-il stuck to a broken economic system, resulting in up to three million deaths related to starvation, all while indulging himself. He rarely left his country, but when he did, he enjoyed the best cuisine, such as lobster, on his private armored train.

Kim Jong-nam was first in line to succeed his father, but reportedly fell out of favor after an attempt to enter Japan with a fake passport in May 2001. He wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

He is currently in exile and is an advocate for reform. His younger half-brother Kim Jong-un was made heir apparent in 2010.

Kim Jong-nam (Kim Jong-il): When Dreams Get Crushed

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#2. Kim Jong-un (Kim Jong-il): Successor

Kim Jong-un, pictured right, is the youngest son of Kim Jong-il. He was educated in Physics at Kim Il-sung University and as an Army officer at the Kim Il-sung Military University. Both schools bear the same name as his grandfather.

After his father’s death in 2011, his cult of personality blossomed, which was meant to help him begin leading despite a lack of experience.

Little is known about him except for the tidbits that trickle in through reports. For example, we’ve learned that he attended a private English-language International School in Switzerland and enjoys listening to Eric Clapton. We also know that he met Dennis Rodman back in 2013.

He may be held accountable for the crimes against humanity that have continued from his father’s regime.

Kim Jong-un (Kim Jong-il): Successor

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#3. Sar Patchata (Pol Pot): An Educated Young Woman

From 1975 to 1979, as leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Pol Pot carried out a series of agrarian socialist plans which required populations from city centers to relocate onto farmlands. This resulted in the deaths of up to three million people.

His only child, daughter Sar Patchata (born Mea Sith), earned a Master’s degree in English from Malaysia, where she met now husband, Sar Patchata.

During her teenage years, the headmaster said of her situation, “I have the opinion that the young generation should not bear responsibility for the older [generation].”

Many people who have met Sar Patchata have been able to separate the extreme hardships they had because of her father from the fondness they’ve developed for her.

Sar Patchata (Pol Pot): An Educated Young Woman

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#4. The Daughters of King Leopold II: Marrying Crowns

Leopold II, second king of the Belgians, was known for bringing in money for his country, but at the expense of the Congo’s resources, ivory and rubber, and people. In the end, his policies of forced labor killed millions of Congolese.

Altogether, he had four legitimate children. His three daughters married well; the eldest, Louise Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Stéphanie’s hand was taken by Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, and the youngest, Clémentine, married into the Bonaparte family against her father’s wishes.

Leopold’s only son died at the age of 10.

Pictured here is daughter Stéphanie with Rudolf, who later committed an apparent murder-suicide with his mistress, Mary Vetsera.

The Daughters of King Leopold II: Marrying Crowns

#5. Edda Mussolini (Benito Mussolini): A Father's Betrayal

Benito Mussolini’s eldest daughter Edda Mussolini became Countess Ciano after marrying Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano. According to her obituary in the New York Times, she lived an independent life at a time when Italian women enjoyed few rights.

However, her Fascist dictator father showed little mercy, even to her. When her husband voted against him at a Cabinet Meeting, the Count was found guilty of treason and despite desperate pleas from Edda, both Hitler and Mussolini saw to his execution in 1944. Following their decision, she renounced the family name.

The Cianos’s bore three children, including son Fabrizio, who penned the memoir Quando Il Nonno Fece Fucilare Papà (‘When Grandpa had Daddy Shot’).

Edda Mussolini (Benito Mussolini): A Father's Betrayal

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#6. Li Na (Mao Zedong): Red Legacy

Mao Zedong changed the course of history forever when he first began reading Marxist literature at university. In 1958, he launched the Great Leap Forward, in which he envisioned the mass mobilization of labor in both factories and farms. This project, however, resulted in famine and the deaths of millions of people.

As an attempt to revive his authority, he launched the Cultural Revolution, which also resulted in over a million deaths. Tens of thousands were killed for taking part in counter-revolutionary efforts.

Opinion on him is greatly divided even to this day, with some followers calling him a hero, center, and a savior, partly for his role as architecture in unifying the country.

Mao’s youngest daughter, Li Na, graduated from Peking University, worked in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper for the PRC. Taking after her father, she has remained an active purveyor of communism.

Li Na (Mao Zedong): Red Legacy

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#7. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo): Extravagance Abroad

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has served as President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979 when he staged a bloody coup d’état to take his uncle out of power. His uncle had brought death upon the family, which convinced Obiang thought he’d gone mad.

In the early 2000s, Obiang’s unleashed his power. He claimed himself god of the country and even had it announced over the radio. This title apparently came with the privilege of killing anyone without being held accountable on earth or in the afterlife.

His son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, purchased a $6.5 million house in Bel Air and a fleet of luxury automobiles, which according to the Justice Department, included an Aston Martin, eight Ferraris, two Lamborghinis, a Maserati, four Mercedes-Benzes, a Porsche, and seven Rolls-Royces.

Nguema Obiang even came to possess some of Michael Jackson’s belongings through successful auction bids. With a reported salary of $81,000 as a minister of forestry and agriculture, the purchases made no sense for government officials.

After an investigation, the Obiang family was exposed for their corruption and secret accounts, and Nguema Obiang was forced to relinquish more than $30 million of assets.

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo): Extravagance Abroad

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#8. Uday Hussein (Saddam Hussein): A Taste for Temptation

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein went down in history as a monster, and his son, Uday, followed suit. Uday practiced extreme brutality, drove fast cars, enjoyed partying, dressing in finery, and according to The Guardian, had a penchant for “murder, rape, and torture.”

According to the same article, he bludgeoned his father’s bodyguard to death, shot an uncle in the leg, and beat his wives from two separate marriages. Things got so out of hand that even Saddam deemed him unworthy of succession.

He was killed alongside his brother, Qusay, in a three-hour firefight with U.S. forces in Mosul. The two had reportedly made fortunes from illegal oil smuggling.

Uday Hussein (Saddam Hussein): A Taste for Temptation

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#9. Mutassim Gaddafi (Muammar Gaddafi): Glamour & Execution

Muammar Gaddafi, Former Prime Minister of Libya, carried out some great accomplishments during his reign such as the world’s largest irrigation route, but he’s also been involved in controversies such as that of Pan Am Flight 103, or the Lockerbie bombing.

A total of 234 passengers and 16 crewmembers died as result of a terrorist bomb on board, and 11 more individuals were killed on the ground at Lockerbie, Scotland.

Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the incident and agreed to pay the victims of the families while denying that he did not give orders for the attack. A former official later argued that the leader had indeed ordered the bombing.

Gaddafi’s sons reportedly threw parties featuring performances by Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Usher in exchange for millions, but the brothers have pointed fingers at one another.

Mutassim, the youngest of the bunch, has been reported as responsible for this in some accounts, and was known for dating models Talitha van Zon and Vanessa Hessler.

Mutassim was executed alongside his father by anti-Gaddafi forces during the Battle of Sirte, the battle that ended the Libyan Civil War in 2011.

Mutassim Gaddafi (Muammar Gaddafi): Glamour & Execution

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#10. Faisal Wangita (Idi Amin): Deportation

Idi Amin ruled as the third president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, eight long years of terror. Under his regime, the poor grew poorer and an estimated 300,000 people died from extreme conditions and senseless killing.

Amin was a polygamist, and he fled Uganda with his four wives and 30 plus children just before a joint force of Ugandan exiles and Tanzanian troops demolished his government.

Faisal Wangita, one of his 40 children, was eventually deported back to Uganda after a fatal gang beating in Camden.

His mother was Sarah Kyolaba, whose stage name as a go-go danger was ‘Suicide Sarah.’ She was Amin’s fifth wife, but fled to England after her husband went into exile.

Faisal Wangita (Idi Amin): Deportation

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#11. Emperor Akihito (Hirohito): Seeking Peace

Emperor Hirohito, the Showa Emperor, divides many scholars and history lovers today. Some argue that he was the mastermind behind the Japanese military in committing unthinkable war crimes, such as the Rape of Nanking, while others say that he was merely a figurehead that had no real control over them. He is also known for accepting the changes that came during the American Occupation —he spoke on the radio for the first time to announce Japan’s unconditional surrender — and was said to have desired peace all along.

His son, Akihito, is the current Emperor of Japan. Many believe that he has been working to shrink the gap between the Imperial Family and the rest of the nation. He appeared on television after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, to tell his nation to never give up hope, and he also married a commoner, who he met on tennis court – both extremely rare for someone of his status.

Emperor Akihito (Hirohito): Seeking Peace

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#12. Jean-Marie Loret (Adolf Hitler): The Illegitimate Son

You were waiting for this one. Adolf Hitler, perhaps the most famous dictator and art school reject of all time, did not have any children with longtime mistress Eva Braun. They were married for two days before committing a joint suicide to prevent capture from Soviet troops.

In 1977, Frenchman Jean-Marie Loret came forward as Hitler’s illegitimate son. Loret’s mother was Charlotte Lobjoie, who took up dancing as a profession after moving to Paris. At the time, Jean-Marie was left with his grandparents, where he would live for the first seven years of his life. He joined the French army and later played his cards a businessman. Before she died, his mother confessed that his father was Adolf Hitler.

But keep your imaginations at bay. Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, conducted a DNA test to compare Loret’s DNA with that of the Hitler family, and the results were: ‘Adolf, in the case of Jean-Marie Loret, you are NOT the father.’

Some question the validity of this DNA test, and curious researchers have conducted new investigations in its place.

Jean-Marie Loret (Adolf Hitler): The Illegitimate Son

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#13. Omar bin Laden (Osama bin Laden): Desires to Become An Ambassador

Omar, the fourth son of the late al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, wrote a book called ‘Growing Up bin Laden’ in which he said the following:

“You might have guessed by now that my father was not an affectionate man. He never cuddled with me or my brothers. I tried to force him to show affection, and was told that I made a pest of myself.”

He married Jane Felix-Browne, or Zaina Mohamed Al-Sabah, who he met while horseback riding at the Giza pyramids, and hopes to become an ambassador for peace.

Omar bin Laden (Osama bin Laden): Desires to Become An Ambassador

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#14. Jean-Claude Duvalier (Francois Duvalier): 'Baby Doc'

Known as ‘Papa Doc’ for his career as a physician, Francois Duvalier was elected as president of Haiti from 1957 to 1971 because he appeared to be a game changer, a populist reformer. However, it was soon very clear that he couldn’t handle opposition of any kind. He made this point when he banned rival political parties and independent newspapers, and harassed mulattoes, who were often in disagreement with the leader.

In 1958, a group of Haitian military officers and five American soldiers attempted a coup d’état but failed, and Duvalier responded with numerous executions of officers and disbandment of the army in favor of one, the Tonton Macoute, that took his orders alone.

Following his death, his son Jean-Claude, called ‘Baby Doc,’ became the youngest president at the age of 19. The new ruler lived a luxurious life, from a $2 million dollar wedding to fortunes made from illegal practices such as drug trading and black market body parts, all while much of his country writhed in poverty.

He faced charges of corruption, and later died of a heart attack in 2014.

Jean-Claude Duvalier (Francois Duvalier): 'Baby Doc'

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#15. Marko Milosevic (Slobodan Milosevic): Organized Crime

Slobodan Milosevic, nicknamed Slobo, was the former nationalist President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and the former President Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for 4 years after that. He reportedly had a vision of a ‘Greater Serbia’ which involved removing non-Serbs from the area. A writer for the Economist wrote of the leader’s role in the Yugoslav Wars:

“Mr Milosevic was not uniquely evil but, among the many evil men who contributed to the horror of the wars of the Yugoslav succession, he was pre-eminent. Indeed, more than anyone else, he was responsible for those wars.”

He was eventually removed from office and later died in prison, where he was facing a four-year trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

His son, Marko, committed his life to organized crime and fled to Russia in the midst of all the commotion. Marko has an appetite for car racing and a lavish lifestyle, which he fed by milking state revenue and smuggling all sorts of goods. He also used violence to gain power, but through the black market rather than politics. In 2000, he was linked to the murder of a business rival.

Marko Milosevic (Slobodan Milosevic): Organized Crime

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#16. Claudia Augusta (Nero): Goddess

Augusta was an honorific title given to honored women in ancient history, and it is also how the Roman Emperor and theatre enthusiast Nero regarded his daughter, Claudia, and second wife, Poppaea. Nero, whose reign began in 54 A.D., is often viewed as one of the most sadistic rulers that have ever lived.

Many sources claim that the beginning of Nero’s rule wasn’t so bad, but he soon had his own mother, Agrippina, killed. He was also rumored to have murdered Poppaea, but revisionist historians take into account the bias in these reports and assume that her death was probably related to childbirth complications.

Claudia Augusta died when she was only three months old and was named a goddess with a dedicated priest and shrine.

Claudia Augusta (Nero): Goddess

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#17. Carmen Franco y Polo (Francisco Franco): Duchess

Francisco Franco, known as ‘El Caudillo’ (the Leader), cast a dark cloud over Spain as a repressive military dictator. In addition to casualties in the Spanish Civil War, Franco was also responsible for the execution and imprisonment of tens of thousands of people, forming a network of secret police, outlawing all religions except for Catholicism, and prohibiting the use of Catalan and Basque languages.

The series of crimes committed during his dictatorship and during the civil war were collectively known as the White Terror. Franco remained in power until his death in 1975.

He had one child, a daughter named Maria del Carmen Franco y Polo, who has been issued the titles 1st Duchess of Franco, Grandee of Spain, Dowager Marquise of Villaverde.

She married a surgeon who was known for conducting the first heart transplant in Spain, and together, they had seven children.

In her biography ‘Franco, My Father,’ the Duchess wrote of her father was a warm person.

Carmen Franco y Polo (Francisco Franco): Duchess

#18. Yakov Dzhugashvili (Joseph Stalin): Bitter Ties

“The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic,” said Joseph Stalin, the man who industrialized the Soviet Union from a land of peasants to an industrial and military powerhouse. The cost? Human blood, and lots of it.

Stalin created an icon of himself by having textbooks rewritten, cities renamed after him, and presenting himself as the muse of various art projects. He also ordered the execution of potential enemies or sent them off to labor camps. Some estimates reach up to 20 million deaths during his rule. The list goes on.

The dictator never really got along with his eldest son, Yakov Dzhugashvili. He had disapproved of his son’s love for a Jewish girl, and as a result, Yakov attempted suicide but survived with wounds to his face. His father reportedly criticized him for having failed.

Dzhugashvili later married a Jewish dancer and served in the Red Army. He was captured by the Germans and after his father refused to accept multiple deals to save his son’s life, was sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he died. It is unknown whether his death was suicide or murder.

Yakov Dzhugashvili (Joseph Stalin): Bitter Ties

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#19. Ellac (Attila the Hun): A Short-Lived Reign

Attila the Hun, barbarian ruler of the Hunnic Empire for nineteen years, was one of the most feared enemies of the Roman Empire (he attacked both the east and the west).

He believed that the Huns were the only humans that mattered and didn’t hesitate to take hundreds of thousands of lives, many in brutal ways.

Ellac, his oldest son, was well trained in combat and eventually inherited the empire. However, he only lasted two years before he was killed in battle.

Ellac (Attila the Hun): A Short-Lived Reign

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#20. Nicu Ceausescu (Nicolai Ceausescu): A Legacy Unfulfilled

Romanian Communist politician and General Secretary Nicolai Ceausescu infamously brought an extremely oppressive regime of curfews and a limit on public speech in Romania. His son, Nicu, was trained by two Communist intellectuals to take over after his father.

Nicu reportedly used a rape chamber and kept panties as trophies. He also had gambling and drinking problems.

Nicolai was executed for his crimes against the country and Nicu was locked up for 20 years for holding child prisoners. Nicu contracted Cirrhosis, scarring of the liver, which led to his early release and death, preventing him from officially continuing his father’s ‘legacy.’

Nicu Ceausescu (Nicolai Ceausescu): A Legacy Unfulfilled

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