The Latin saying ‘Nemo Me Impune Lacessit’ which in English means ‘None shall provoke/injure me with impunity‘ describes human psyche about revenge the best. History has been witness to numerous such events and confrontations. Response to an onslaught of any kind is also very pertinent to life as we know it. Here’s a look at top 10 prominent acts of revenge spread in time.
10. Alan Ralsky:
He was the spam king as he swamped the mail boxes of people with junk e-mails. When an article about him appeared in a local newspaper along with his physical address, those affected by his spam emails propagated it to be signed up for junk mail from a number of websites. The result was Ralsky’s home being flooded with hundreds of pounds of junk mail each day! Well the revenge of the Junk Mail for Junk E-mail!
9. Katie’s Revenge:
Anthony Stockelman was sentenced to life in prison in the year 2006 when he pleaded guilty for the murder of ten year old Katie Collman. The punishment seemed too easy for the perpetrator when one day the authorities found an amateur tattoo smeared to his forehead which read, “Katie’s Revenge.” It was speculated that it was done by Katie’s cousin who was with the other inmates to avenge her death!
8. Dave Carroll against the United Airlines:
When a $3,500 Taylor guitar owned by David Carroll of Canadian folk-pop group Sons of Maxwell had been broken due to mishandling by the United Airlines crew there began a fight for reimbursement. After months of following up with customer when United rejected Carroll’s claim he exacted revenge by recording a series of songs called the “United Breaks Guitars” trilogy. It received millions of hit on you-tube resulting in United’s stock drop in value by $180 million.
7. Aaron Burr Duel with Alexander Hamilton:
Aaron Burr was the third Vice President of the United States with Hamilton and him having had served in the revolutionary war. Among various skills of Hamilton was his prowess of influencing the political outcome of elections and nominations. He worked against Burr and that cost the latter the presidency. Hamilton again went on to work against Burr while the latter was running for governor of New York. It was then that the famous duel took place with ended up being fatal for Hamilton.
6. St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre:
In the year 1572, instigated by Catherine de’ Medici, the mother of King Charles IX, a number of assassinations and Roman Catholic Mob Violence took place against the Huguenots, the French Protestants for their trespasses against the Catholic church. This was during the French Wars of Religion when between 1,000 and 4,000 French Protestants were murdered in Paris on the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.
5. Dr. Hawley Crippen:
This is a classic case of revenge from beyond the grave! When Mrs. Crippen discovered that her husband was having an affair she decided to move away with her money. But she mysteriously disappeared as Mr. Crippen sold everything prior to setting sail with his mistress for a new life in the US. But he was eventually arrested and hanged as a body has been found in his home which at that time was assumed to be Mrs. Crippen’s. However, it was only in 2007 that it was discovered that the body found was of a male and not that of Crippen’s wife!
4. Lorena Bobbitt:
She was abused and subjected to marital rape by her husband when finally in the year 1993 she exacted revenge. When one day Mr. Bobbitt came home intoxicated and fell asleep after assaulting and raping her, she removed his penis with a knife. Though that was later surgically reattached, Mrs. Bobbitt taught him a valuable lesson against domestic violence, one he would remember for life!
3. The 47 Ronin:
At the beginning of the 18th century, took place what is known as the Revenge of the Forty-Seven Ronin. This is the true story of a group of forty-seven samurais whose leader, Asano Naganori, was compelled to commit suicide for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka. They were leaderless or as the Japanese say Ronin but struck back against the death of their leader by killing Kira. Another true story of revenge of mythical proportions!
2. Dachau Massacre:
In late April 1945, the members of the 45th Thunderbird Army Infantry Division were ordered to take the Bavarian concentration camp at Dachau when they witnessed one of the most horrific sights against humanity. There were 39 rail cars filled with the corpses of 2,310 camp inmates. The sight of the death train caused them to mow down more than 75 German soldiers by machine gun, even those that were unarmed and had come for surrender. It was revenge in its most blatant state!
1. Operation Wrath of God:
Also known as Operation Bayonet, the Operation Wrath of God was perhaps one of the most talked about covert operations of revenge in history. After the Munich massacre in the year 1972 where 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian group Black September, the Mossad authorized by the Israeli Defense Committee tracked down the perpetrators and sought vengeance. It was an act to hunt down the fedayeen and kill them as a punishment for their ghastly crime!