The Nepalese Royal Massacre

The Prince who murdered his family because he couldn’t marry his one true love

This is the grisly story of a truly astounding crime. In 2001 the Nepalese Royal Family was slaughtered in a frenzied shooting spree. What makes this more disturbing is that it was committed by one of their own family members. On top of that, their sad demise fulfilled an ancient prophecy made over 200 years before — that the Shah royal line would end after 10 generations.

On the 1st of June 2001, one of the world’s most venerated royal families; the Shah royal family, was butchered by the King’s firstborn son, Crown Prince Dipendra, who gunned down his parents plus seven more of his kin before turning the gun on himself. That at least, is the official version of events…

Let’s go back to when this saga ultimately began.

The Sage’s Prophecy

The Shah royal family came to rule the Gorkha Kingdom from 1559 AD and conquered and unified the surrounding patchwork of kingdoms into modern-day Nepal by 1768. This secluded, mystical, part-tropical-part-alpine kingdom was hemmed in by the British Raj to the south and the sheer Himalayan mountains to its north and its rustic and rugged interior incubated one of the most formidable warrior cultures on the planet.

The first King of this newly expanded realm was Prithvi Narayan Shah and the story goes that the King was once marching back into the Kathmandu valley when he happened across a sage.

The benign King offered the sage some yoghurt. The learned old man tried the yoghurt then, to reciprocate, blessed it before returning the dish to the King. Yet, the haughty Sovereign didn’t want to eat the yoghurt now this sage had soiled it and he threw it on the ground, spilling the food on his feet. The sage chastised the King for his pride and said if he had taken the yoghurt every wish he made would be fulfilled. Instead, the yoghurt covering the King’s 10 toes now portended a much darker fate; that his dynasty would fall after 10 generations.

From Past to Present

In the intervening epochs, the royal family’s fortunes waxed and waned as the Shahs tussled for power with the Rana dynasty of Prime Ministers between the mid 19th and mid 20th centuries. By 1996 the Kingdom of Nepal was in serious political turmoil with the launch of a Maoist insurgency that would not end until 10 years later. By mid-2001 King Birendra had been on the throne for almost 30 years, siring two sons and a daughter in that time.

King Birendra (en.wikipedia.org)

He was also the 10th descendent of King Prithvi Narayan Shah and his reign and life would soon be extinguished.

Prince Dipendra’s Deadly Attack

What precisely occurred on the evening of June the 1st is mired in murky intrigue and suspicion. In the bloody aftermath, investigators pieced together what happened as best they could.

Friday nights were when King Birendra and his wife Queen Aishwarya would come together with their family to eat at the Narayanhiti Palace, in Kathmandu. That night, the King and Queen were joined by four of the King’s five siblings and their three children. Plus, others were present that night — about a dozen family members in total.

Crown Prince Dipendra, the next in line for the throne, arrived at the Palace at 7:30pm and went to the billiards room to play billiards by himself over a couple of whiskeys. Half an hour later and the Crown Prince headed out to pick up the Queen Mother to take her to the gathering then, once returned, called an aide to fetch him some hashish cigarettes.

Before 8:30 came about, family members saw the Crown Prince now looking intoxicated, swaying and slurring his speech. Four of them helped him to his room. The Queen then sent aides to check on him and who could hear him vomiting in the bathroom, but he came out and, forebodingly, ordered them to go to their rooms to sleep. At 8:30, the King and Queen arrived and entered the billiards room to greet guests whilst the Prince reappeared and exchanged a few words with another guest before telling them: “I am now about to sleep… good night. We’ll talk tomorrow.

The Crown Prince Dipendra meets ‘the people’s Princess’ Diana in 1993.

But Prince Dipendra didn’t go to sleep. He re-emerged from his room donned in black army fatigues and was armed to the teeth. He proceeded to the billiards room and pumped his family with lead from automatic fire. He killed eight people there, including his father King Birendra, a sister, a brother, an uncle and two aunties. He wounded another four. His Mother, Queen Aishwarya and brother Prince Nirajan tried to flee to the inner courtyard. But Prince Dipendra was merciless and he hunted them down too, killing them both before pulling the gun on himself.

Confusion and Conspiracy

In the aftermath, the tragedy sent shockwaves through not just the mountain valleys of Nepal, but the entire world. Messages were sent by the British Royal Family, the Pope, the Indian Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General, amongst others to convey their deep shock and sadness.

Yet, their dismay was nothing compared to the uproar the King’s subjects felt, and they rioted and demanded to know what happened. And who could blame them? No royal family had been slaughtered by one of its own members before.

The frustrating thing about these kinds of ‘lone wolf’ shooting sprees is that the perpetrator’s motive is impossible to ascertain when they typically add themselves to the body count, as Prince Dipendra did. The most plausible theory is that Queen Aishwanya forbade her son from marrying his true love Devyani Rana, due to her mother’s family having conflicting political alliances with the Nepalese Royal Family, so he attacked his family in spite.

There are other rumours that the King’s elder brother, Prince Gyanendra, who shortly became King, might have had a part to play in the massacre due to him being a noticeable absentee at the dinner party.

After the shooting, Prince Dipendra actually survived in a coma for three days and royal protocol awkwardly decreed that he be crowned King now his father had perished, even though he was apparently now a cold-blooded murderer. But once he passed away Prince Gyanendra was crowned King in turn until Nepal became a Republic seven years later.

Even more controversy surrounds the shooting as many, both within and outside Nepal, question whether Prince Dipendra was even the perpetrator of this horrific crime at all. It’s strange to note, for example, that the self-inflicted bullet wound was to the Prince’s right temple, despite him being left-handed…

But I will leave others to sift through the murky ‘conspiracy theories’ surrounding what happened that night. That this massacre fulfilled an ancient prophecy is bizarre enough!

When Nepal’s King Prithvi fell foul of that sage, all those centuries before, who’d have guessed that his prophecy, that the Royal line would end after ten generations, would come true and in such a horrendous fashion?

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10 Most Wicked Aristocrats in History

Throughout history kings, queens, emperors and other rulers are seldom remembered in a positive light, but in this list I take a look at 10 aristocrats who were responsible for such horrid crimes they’ll give you nightmares.

Emperor Qianfei

Emperor Qianfei of the 5th Century AD (thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com)

Dubbed China’s Caligula, Emperor Qianfei ruled in the 5th Century. He was a troubled child from a troubled family. His grandfather was killed by his uncle who, in turn, was murdered by his father. Father and son never got on either.

By the time he inherited the throne he had grown into a heavy drinking, paranoid man. He would butcher or force to commit suicide anyone around him who he thought might try to plot against him. He once cut open his great uncle’s stomach, pulled out his entrails and gouged his eyes out. He scandalously slept with one of his own aunts whilst others he had murdered. He forced princesses to have sex with male attendants just to humiliate them and beheaded a female attendant because she looked like a girl in a dream who told him he was too bloodthirsty. He met his demise at his own courtiers’ hands in the end.

Attila the Hun

The all-conquering Attila (en.wikipedia.org)

During an extremely violent period in history, as the Roman Empire was starting to collapse, Attila the Hun was infamous for his brutal contempt for human life. He led a massive army of mounted tribesmen which smashed through the Roman borders on a whirlwind of destruction. He gave the Roman Emperor sleepless nights and sent hundreds of thousands of poor souls to sleep, forever.

After his father died, he murdered his brother to secure control of his Huns with a simple strategy. Sweeping across the land, any town or province in his way, he gave a choice; pay me or I will destroy you all. Most couldn’t pay — and he was very bloodthirsty. Hundreds of Roman cities were wiped off the face of the earth and Attila enjoyed watching as all the townsfolk were slaughtered. even impaling his own soldiers if they deserted him.

King Leopold II of Belgium

King Leopold II with two of the victims of his terrible Congolese regime (allthatsinteresting.com)

King Leopold II ruled Belgium during the 19th Century. The British, French and Spanish Empires were all guilty of cruelly exploiting peoples they conquered but Leopold went one step further. He took personal ownership of the ironically named Congo Free State in Africa from 1885 by promising to improve its natives’ lives.

He did nothing of the sort. Instead, he became one of history’s biggest mass murderers by forcing the locals to collect rubber to make him obscenely rich. His private army used rape and arson to spread fear among the natives and ruthlessly enforced rubber quotas. If these were not met, they exacted a terrible price. Leo’s soldiers were ordered to execute villagers who came up short. The soldiers had to keep the hands of their victims to prove the death sentence had been carried out however, so a grisly trade developed where villages traded amputated hands in exchange for their lives. 10 million suffering Congolese eventually died under Leo’s reign, forcing his own government to take control of the Congo from him in 1908.

Emperor Caligula

Emperor Caligula (allthatsinteresting.com)

Born into Roman royalty in the 1st Century AD, Caligula’s father and mother’s family was destroyed by Emperor Tiberius. Yet Caligula eventually succeeded him as emperor and perhaps his childhood explains his cruel and crazy reign from then on.

He actually started off pretty reasonably but then fell ill, possibly poisoned. He recovered from this but his character turned to the dark side with a new found insanity and paranoia. If rumours are to be believed, he began sexual relations with his sisters and once appointed a horse of his to be a priest. He loved torture and orgies and also began murdering anyone on a whim. He had numerous family members executed and once ordered a section of the crowd to be fed to the lions at the Colosseum because he was bored. He became immensely unpopular for being incompetent and cruel, and this eventually led to him getting assassinated by his own bodyguards.

Tamerlane the Great

Tamarlane demanded of his men 28 mounds, each with 1500 heads, to be piled up. (historycollection.com)

Tamerlane carved out a short lived empire in the 15th century in central Asia. Like many other psychopathic conquerors, he showed little mercy to any kingdom or city which stood in his way. One city, Isfahan, was captured by his army but unwisely tried to rebel by slaughtering Tamerlane’s garrison there. In revenge, he ordered the entire population to be executed, giving his soldiers quotas of heads he demanded. Outside the city walls 28 mounds, each with 1500 heads, piled up.

In the siege of the great city of Baghdad, its fall resulted in an even greater orgy of death, this time 90,000 heads were collected into 120 massive piles. But the worst of his atrocities occurred outside the walls of Delhi, where he first had no less than 100,000 Hindu prisoners executed. The menfolk inside the city, knowing their fate, chose to burn their own houses down with their families inside and then commit suicide by attacking Tamarlane’s troops rather than let the evil conqueror butcher them all.

Phalaris

The Bronze Bull roasting its victims alive (greecehighdefinition.com)

The tyrannical Greek Phalaris is notorious for having an execution device designed which was so horrific, his victims’ suffering is hard to imagine. This was the Bronze Bull, a hollow, life sized bull with a side hatch. It worked by lighting a fire beneath it, and a victim would then be forced inside where a system of pipes and whistles converted the screams of a person being roasted alive inside into the snorts and growls of a bull. It’s designer, Perillus, calculated it would amuse his master and he would be richly rewarded. Indeed it did, it amused Phalaris even more to reward Perillus by making him the Bull’s first test subject.

Phalaris is rumoured to have had many criminals and enemies roasted alive in the Bull. Indeed Phalaris himself was its final victim when he was overthrown by Telemachus in 554 BC.

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible (history.co.uk)

16th Century Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible grew up in a time when there was much murderous infighting among the Boyars (nobles) of Russia. Both his parents were murdered by Boyars when he was a young child and he grew up imprisoned and beaten by them.

This explains Ivan’s hatred of these nobles that came to the surface soon after becoming the Russian Tsar at the age of 16. To keep them in check and, perhaps, to settle old scores Ivan created a sinister army of secret police which he used to terrorise and sadistically eliminate anyone he thought for a minute might challenge his power. These police, dressed all in black to intimidate anyone suspected of treason, tortured, raped then executed Ivan’s enemies in the worst ways possible. Once, when the City of Novgorod rebelled, he had his men slay 6000 of its city folk. He even had his only son and heir killed in a psychotic rage.

Elizabeth Bathory

Bathory was extremely sadistic, if the stories are true (kafkadesk.org)

It is hard to separate fact from fiction in the case of Elizabeth Bathory, Hungarian Countess in the 16th Century, but if the accusations against her are to be believed she was an extremely twisted woman. As a young girl some sources claim she was forced to witness executions and practice satanic rituals. She married Count Ferenc Nadasdy and he became an army commander, spending much time away as a result.

With the hubby away, it was her time to play… By 1603, rumours were spreading that Elizabeth had a taste for torturing and murdering young women. Many were servant girls who worked in her castle and disappeared without trace. Some were young, highborn girls learning the noble etiquette at her gynaeceum. Witnesses described severe beatings; burning or mutilation of hands; biting the flesh off faces, arms and other body parts; freezing or starving to death. The use of needles was also mentioned by collaborators in court. There were many suspected forms of torture carried out by Báthory. Girls were burned with hot tongs and then placed in freezing cold water. They were covered in honey and live ants. Báthory was also suspected of cannibalism. She killed 300 to 600 victims. Three of her servants paid for these heinous crimes with their lives yet Bathory got away with life imprisonment.

Gilles de Rais

(meisterdrucke.uk)

A very disturbing case indeed. Breton nobleman Gilles was a hotheaded warrior and had an illustrious military career, serving as protector of the great Joan of Arc in the Hundred Years War. He eventually rose to become Marshal of France, the highest military position in the land. He also amassed a huge fortune

In his later years however, rumours spread that showed him up to be the truly fiendish monster he was. In 1440 his crimes caught up with him and he was arrested for kidnapping a priest over a dispute, wherein the truth of his crimes surfaced – he was found guilty of murdering over 100 young boys in his castle. I won’t go into too much detail, suffice to say young boys were bribed, bought or kidnapped by Gilles’ servants and brought to him whereby Gilles would then ritualistically rape and murder them. He was hung and burned at the stake for his terrible crimes.

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Vlad the Impaler

Vlad ate surrounded by his writhing victims (enacademic.com)

Surely no one can top the man so notorious for his lust for blood he inspired the character Count Dracula — King Vlad the III, ruler of an area around modern Romania in the 16th Century. Like so many wicked people Vlad had a traumatic childhood. He and his brother were sent to the Ottoman royal court to live as hostages in exchange for their father Vlad the II’s good behaviour. There, historians guess Vlad was regularly sodomised and this might explain his cruel habit of punishment he is so famous for

Like Ivan the Terrible, above, Vlad also had trouble with Boyar nobles and he chose to punish anyone who displeased him by impaling them on long stakes. These would be placed in the ground, inserted up a victim’s rectum who would then left to die after days in agony. Vlad tricked 300 Boyars to a banquet. On arrival he had them stabbed and then impaled their dying bodies. Another story is that he once dined among a forest of writhing, impaled bodies. In another instance, an Ottoman army, themselves notorious for their cruelty, retreated in horror after being confronted with two thousand of their own impaled, captured soldiers around one of Vlad’s castles. It’s estimated he slaughtered 80,000 innocent men and women during his three reigns, 20,000 by impalement.

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