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Jean-Bedel Bokassa

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The Resume

    (February 22, 1921-November 3, 1996)
    Ruled the Central African Republic (1966-79)
    Sentenced to death for murder (1987); sentence commuted to life in prison

Why he might be annoying:

    He crowned himself emperor in a ceremony that used a fourth of the nation's annual revenue (1977).
    He ordered the massacre of more than a hundred schoolchildren who refused to buy expensive uniforms from a factory owned by his wife (1979).
    He personally took part in torturing his opponents.
    He was accused of cannibalism.
    He briefly converted to Islam as a ploy to get financial aid from Libya.
    He had 17 wives and 50 children.
    He was released from prison during a general amnesty (1993) and died a free man.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was orphaned at age 6 when his father was beaten to death by a French bureaucrat and his mother committed suicide.
    He served with the Free French during World War II.
    He won the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre.

Credit: C. Fishel

Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    In 2022, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 54 Votes: 46.30% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 51 Votes: 50.98% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 69 Votes: 57.97% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 61 Votes: 54.10% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 39 Votes: 51.28% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 55 Votes: 50.91% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 77 Votes: 50.65% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 75 Votes: 76.00% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 1177 Votes: 84.62% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 159 Votes: 68.55% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 133 Votes: 69.92% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 126 Votes: 76.98% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 155 Votes: 77.42% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 109 Votes: 72.48% Annoying