The Queen Street Massacre

December 8, 1987Melbourne, AustraliaFrank Vitkovic (22) begins a shooting spree ending in the deaths of 9 including himself At 4:20 p.m., Vitkovic entered a building on Queen Street in Melbourne and briefly spoke with a former friend — and apparent primary target — before he drew a sawed off M1 carbine he had concealed in…

The Hungerford Massacre

August 19, 1987 Hungerford, England Michael Robert Ryan goes on a shooting rampage, killing 16 and seriously wounding 15 before killing himself The rampage began in a forest where Susan Godfrey was having a picnic with her young children, Hannah (4) and James (2). Ryan forced Godfrey to put her children in the back of…

Over 800 men beheaded after refusing to deny their faith

August 14, 1480 Otranto, Italy Following a 15-day siege, 813 men are beheaded for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam The siege began with Ottoman forces attacking Otranto, which was well equipped to guard against them, but only temporarily. Once the army was able to force their way into the city, the "archbishop was…

The Sant’Anna di Stazzema massacre

August 12, 1944 Sant'Anna di Stazzema, Tuscany, Italy Nazis murder 560 locals and refugees, including 130 children In the span of 3 hours, the 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division rounded up all locals, locking them in barns or stables. They then took groups of captives to shoot with machine guns or at point-blank range, or brought…

The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the…