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Real Life VILLAINS Proving Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction

Real Life VILLAINS Proving Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction

– [Narrator] They say
movies reflect real life, and while that’s sometimes true, it’s also true that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. This is especially the case
with real life villains who walk among us today. Or did so until quite
recently in some cases. The following are modern
bad guys who you probably haven’t heard of, so I’m
not going to bore you with the obvious ones like Hitler. (playful music) Number 10, Gerald Daniel Blanchard. Blanchard’s escapades are so incredible it’s a wonder they haven’t
made a movie about him. In 1998, Blanchard, his
wife, and father-in-law visited the Schönbrunn
Palace in Vienna, Austria. While they gawked, he disabled the alarm system before leaving. Later that night, he
parachuted onto the palace roof and stole the Star of Empress, Sisi, a 2 million dollar diamond
and pearl hairpiece belonging to Elizabeth of Bavaria. But that wasn’t all. He then replaced it with a fake he’d bought at the museum’s souvenir shop. But he still wasn’t through. Unable to resist, he visited
the museum the next day to smirk as guests admired the fake. It took authorities weeks to
realize what had happened. They only caught him in 2007
because Blanchard was arrested by Canadian Police for fraud
and heists on three continents. He admitted to the theft
as part of a plea bargain, so they released him in 2010, whereupon he vowed to change his life and become a security consultant. At least til they caught him in 2017 for shoplifting at Best Buy. Talk about a demotion. Number nine, Joseph Konopka. Still waters run deep,
just ask Joseph Konopka. Born in 1976, Konopka decided
he wanted more out of life. So he dropped out of high
school and eventually became a computer systems administrator. Probably tired of such
a fast paced existence in Wisconsin, of all places, Konopka came to the conclusion that he needed even more excitement. His solution? Don a new persona. Hello, Dr. [email protected], Lord
of the Realm of Chaos. Sending out a call through the internet, [email protected] recruited a bunch
of adolescent admirers and began his reign of terror in 2001. From their secret lair, also
known as their bedrooms, his army was responsible for arson, taking air traffic control offline, causing 28 power failures, 20 disruptions at various power plants, jamming several radio and TV broadcasts, and bringing down several
internet service providers. They carried out over 50
crimes and inflicted over $800,000 in damage because
they were bored, I guess. When finally caught the following year, he and a 15-year-old were found with sacks of sodium cyanide which
they had been keeping in an unused Chicago subway tunnel. Asked in court why he did it, Konopka replied, “I don’t
have a real good reason.” So they gave him a 20 year sentence. Number eight, the Zodiac Killer. Remember the riddler from Batman? He’s obsessed with puzzles and riddles which he includes into his schemes, leaving them as clues for
the authorities to solve. Well in the late 1960’s,
Northern California had it’s own version of this criminal mastermind. Dubbed the Zodiac Killer, he was responsible for
killing at least five people, but he’s linked to lots more,
possibly even 37 in total. Without a discernible motive, this killer would shoot
and kill young couples he’d targeted at secluded locations. While police were out looking for clues, this killer started taunting investigators by sending letters out
to local newspapers. These letters included four cryptograms, which are types of puzzles
using encrypted text. One of the ciphers is even said
to reveal his true identity, but of the four cryptograms sent, only one has been definitively solved. In 1974, the letters stopped, and despite numerous clues
and witnesses existing, as well as his long correspondence
with the authorities, the Zodiac Killer has never been caught. Number seven, John Wayne Gacy. The joker is one of the most
infamous villains of all time. A certified nutcase, he paints his face and he’s always coming up
with crazy, stupid schemes, just like John Wayne Gacy. This real world criminal
murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men in
the 70’s within a few years. But just like the joker,
he was a man of many faces. What’s particularly strange is that before giving into his murderous instincts, he played a role in multiple
community organizations. At the time, he seemed to be an upstanding member of society, running multiple KFC restaurants and becoming Pogo the
Clown or Patches the Clown at fundraising events, parades,
and children’s parties. But let’s be honest. If he thought this looked entertaining, it’s obvious something was wrong with him. And there was, since he
had a habit of forcing and deceiving victims to his address, where they were then killed and subsequently buried
underneath his house. Number six, Marvin Heemeyer. Have you seen this video of the guy who went amok in his Killdozer? It went viral in 2004. Do you remember why? Stick around as you’re about to find out. Once a nice guy who ran his own modest muffler shop in Granby, Colorado, those who knew Marvin
Heemeyer claimed he was a friendly sort who’d bend
over backwards for anyone. And so he did until 2004. Enter Mountain Park Concrete Incorporated, which tried to buy
Heemeyer’s land in 1992. Mr. Nice Guy wouldn’t bend this time, so Mountain Park blocked
a road to his shop. The concrete people then asked the town to rezone Heemeyer’s property, so the folk of Granby not only agreed, they also vetoed Marvin’s request for an alternate route to his business. Somewhat upset, Heemeyer
built an armored bulldozer and went on a mad rampage
on June 4th, 2004. Two hours later, his Killdozer destroyed seven million dollars worth of property before he put a bullet through his head. On the bright side, no one
else was hurt or killed. Number five, Marion Hugh Suge Knight Jr. The higher they go, the harder they fall, which was certainly true for Suge. Only in his case, he tried to
take down as many as he could. Suge was a football player
for the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League who decided he’d taken one hit too many. So he became a record
producer and music executive, working with the likes of Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg,
Outlaws, and Tha Dogg Pound. And the name of his record label? Death Row Records. He took it seriously too, taking interrogations to the next level. Vanilla Ice claimed he was forced to sign his royalties over to Suge after Suge threatened to
hang him over a balcony. Despite many other such incidents, Suge’s business boomed whilst he spent time in and out of jail. At least til January 29th, 2015, when he was part of a hit and
run that killed Terry Carter, co-founder of Heavy Weight
Records, and injured two others. He turned himself in the next day and was later sent to prison, leading him to obtaining
13 criminal convictions. But what gives this villain his notoriety is his willingness to take out
popular, talented musicians. Many believe he was
responsible for the deaths of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. And if you weigh up the
evidence and his track record, it’s likely that he was behind the attack. It’s suggested that Tupac
was leaving Suge’s label for another one and Suge
wasn’t happy about it, so he orchestrated the attack. While nothing’s been proven, he’s linked to so many celebrity deaths and even high profile names
believe Suge is responsible, such as Snoop Dogg. Number four, Vladimir Kozak. This real life villain
disturbingly resembles the DC villain, the Mad Hatter, who loves hypnotism and
mind control devices. Kozak comes from Moldova, renowned for being the
poorest country in Europe, making this a rather sad tale. According to police,
he stole the equivalent of $40,000 from six banks in 2005. In a country where the average
person lives on $2 a day, that’s a whole lot of money. But was Kozak violent? Did he use terrifying weapons? No. He hypnotized the bank tellers. Hence his other name, the Hypno-Robber. As such, Moldovan bank
tellers are now told to avoid eye contact with customers less they become the next victim. They haven’t found him yet, but some suggest he was
in Italy in March 2008. Turns out that a bank in Ancona was robbed of the equivalent of $1,200. According to the teller,
a man approached her, asked for money, and
the next thing she knew, it was many minutes later. Now that’s some superhero-esque
skill I would love to have. Number three, Richard Kuklinski. This former mob hit man was an all around crazy criminal who went way
beyond his regular job profile. Working for the Gambino crime family, it’s claimed he’d taken out
over 200 people in his lifetime. Though he used all the
weapons you could think of, from guns to knives and explosives, he had a particular penchant for cyanide. He liked to inject it,
sprinkle it in food, spray it as an aerosol,
or just dump it on people. But it gets far worse than that. He also claims to have
fed living people to rats and shot a random person in the head with a crossbow just to see if it worked. So how did he get away with it so long? Well, he was clever about
disguising his crimes. He’d throw forensic
scientists off the scent by freezing their bodies inside a Mister Softee ice cream truck, and then toss them out
later, sometimes years later, so that the freezing would skew their estimated time of death. It worked for some time, until he didn’t let one of
the victims thaw long enough and the coroner found ice in the body. Number two, Adam Worth. At just 17, Worth enlisted
in the Union Army, partly because he wanted the adventure but also because of the
$1,000 bounty he was paid. He was injured by shrapnel during the Second Battle of
Bull Run, and whilst recovering, he learned that he’d accidentally been listed as killed in action. He embraced this opportunity
to leave the army and used it to his advantage. So he moved to New York City and worked his way up among
the gangs of the underworld, eventually running his own
organization of pickpockets. When that got boring, he began carrying out elaborate heists. One included robbing a bank vault using tunnels he and his gang had dug. Using his fortune, he then ran off to London to live the high life and keep masterminding
several heists and robberies. One included stealing a famous 18th century painting
by Thomas Gainsborough of Georgiana Cavendish,
the Duchess of Cavendish. But he didn’t sell it. He kept it because he liked it. It seems criminal
masterminds also appreciate the fine details of an
oil on canvas masterpiece. Number one, Juan Rivera-Velez. Batman fans will instantly
recognize the similarity between this criminal and Harvey Dent. Like Dent, Juan is known as Two-Face due to the severe scarring he
incurred to his face and head from burns suffered in a car accident. However, despite the Batman villain once being an upstanding
Gotham City District Attorney, Juan has never been close to
being beneficial to society. Juan was an enforcer and hit man for the Morales crime family
in Camden, New Jersey. When he was ordered to
take out a rival dealer who was encroaching on his territory, he did just that and was eventually jailed for three years for shooting another man. Clearly not having learned his lesson, he tried to take out the
witness to one of his murders, but the man survived
and snitched to police. Thankfully, he was given
two life sentences, but just like a fictional villain, he refused to apologize
to the victim’s family and showed no remorse when in court. I know there are far
more real life villains out there that didn’t make this list. If you wanna see more or
if you passionately believe that another villain
should have made the list, let me know in the comments down below. Thanks for watching. (cheeky music)

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