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If you could go back in history and kill one person, who would it be?

Asked by Aethelflaed (13747points) July 8th, 2011

You get to go back in history, kill one person, and know absolutely that it worked. Who do you choose? Hitler? Genghis Khan? Caligula? Someone less famous, but just as influential?

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incendiary_dan's avatar

If the mythology happened to be true, Gilgamesh might be a good one.

Blackberry's avatar

Ok, I’ll bite: everyone that voted for Bush.

KateTheGreat's avatar

Nero. Every time I read about him I just want to crack him over the head with a tire iron.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Mirabeau B. Lamar

I have no idea who he is, I just clicked about on wikipedia until I found him. I figure if im going to become a time traveling killer, I best have a system. A lot of the best maniacs used to pick people at random, and I think it’s a system that will work for me.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Savonarola before 1494. Think of all the books and art we could still have!

aprilsimnel's avatar

@poisonedantidoteDexter? Is that you?

Seriously? I’d off the first person who thought it was OK to sell people to other people.

filmfann's avatar

Whoever killed JFK, before the event.

The country has gone to hell in a handbasket ever since.

funkdaddy's avatar

I’d kill the first human HIV/AIDS carrier. Bad luck my friend, but you were going to die anyway.

@filmfann – apparently the path to hell is either quite a trek or our handbasket needs some more horsepower… 50 years?

FutureMemory's avatar

Christopher Columbus.

TexasDude's avatar

I’m going to reiterate my answer to the previous versions of this question:

Nobody. My tiny human brain can’t possible comprehend the kinds of connections and conjunctures that would potentially be destroyed by eliminating any individual from history, no matter how evil. Messing with the fabric of history, even with the best of intentions, is risky business.

Schroedes13's avatar

I think I would assassinate Mao Zhedong!

TexasDude's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille ok fine. Marcel the Mime. And nothing of value was lost.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard—Ah! So ,you have thought about this! LOL!
Fine choice!!

Schroedes13's avatar

@V_Scofield no…we need Hitler. He did many great things and as morbid as it is, he helped create a much needed Malthusian check.

john65pennington's avatar

I do not condone killing anyone, BUT…....if I really had to make a choice, it would be to go back to the Kennedy assasination and hunt down that person(s), that fired the other shots at the president, from the grassy knoll.

Aethelflaed's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard And while I agree with you, I’m always dying to know “what if”.

chewhorse's avatar

Actually Eve, in that respect old Adam would just croak of old age after that.. AH! but then we come to Noah and his brood which I might add wasn’t part of A & E’s family tree.. Wait a minute! A & E..? Would they have eventually committed incest or was there actually others on earth at that time?

Berserker's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Agreed. I might kill Roch Theriault, but who knows what that would do, maybe give birth to an even worse psycho. Or several. I guess I would if I was God. But I ain’t, so I’ll just sit here and type a buncha crap lol.

Coloma's avatar

My ex husband. lol

Coloma's avatar

I agree with @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard

If not for my ex I wouldn’t have my daughter, so, there is some history I would not change.
Now if I were a Black Widow or a Preying Mantis I simply and very naturally, would have devoured his head after copulation.

FutureMemory's avatar

The drunk driver that hit my father’s car.

Blueroses's avatar

I was also going to say Girolamo Savonarola or whoever decided to destroy art and literature… the Generals who gave the orders to raze the libraries of Alexandria.

V_Scofield's avatar

Schroedes13 can I kill Hitler in the bunker on the day he committed suicide then burn his body in the crematory of Auschwitz-Birkenau, shrouded in a Nazi flag? It’d only change a few minor facts since either way he was shot in the head in the bunker and burnt. Besides, you reap what you sow and I think it’s fitting for him and that flag to burn there.

Schroedes13's avatar

@V_Scofield The Court will allow it lol

V_Scofield's avatar

As long as he’s dead :)

HungryGuy's avatar

I’d go back in time to kill whoever came up with the idea for Daylight Saving Time.

Aethelflaed's avatar

@HungryGuy I believe that was Ben Franklin.

HungryGuy's avatar

@Aethelflaed – Then if I ever get my hands on a time machine, ol’ Ben is toast!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Dude who killed Abe Lincoln…but before he did it.
YOU CAN’T KILL BEN FRANKLIN @HungryGuy! What is wrong with you??!!

HungryGuy's avatar

@Dutchess_III – I HATE getting up early in the morning. That’s what’s wrong with me :-/

Dutchess_III's avatar

He didn’t invent daylight savings! But, well I would tell you that he said, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” but seein’ as how you’re in a murderous mood I won’t say it.

chewhorse's avatar

@filmfann “Whoever killed JFK, before the event”..

Hell, you’d have to kill the entire secret service.. Wait a minute! They would be considered accessories, oh well… KILL ‘UM ALL ANYWAY!!

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard.. That’s very Stephen Hawking’s of you.. Nice theoretical come-back.

@Schroedes13 .. Not to mention the Volkswagen.. without those ‘lil buses, most of us probably wouldn’t even have been born ♀♂

@HungryGuy… Blame Obama (he’s been blamed for everything else).

@FutureMemory… Now you’re talking..!!

TexasDude's avatar

@chewhorse thanks! That’s actually very flattering!

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