History's most shockingly brutal acts of revenge
From the ingenious to the imaginative
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The history of revenge essentially goes back as far as humans have existed. There's something biological about the desire to exact vengeance on others who have wronged us, and it indeed triggers a release of satisfying hormones—though in the long term it might bring less pleasant consequences.
Revenge is even in our social contract, as we seek to serve justice to those who have wronged and been wronged, though it almost always feels more potent in our personal relationships. The personal flair we see in how vengeance is carried out can tell you a bit about that person’s inner workings. For some, those inner workings are beyond devious.
Click through to see some of the greatest and most terrible ways revenge has played out in the past.