The Secret Hide-Outs Of History’s Greatest Villains

All of the world’s worst criminals have had to hideaway from justice at some point in time. Check out these notable real-life villain lairs. To learn about the dedicated team of CIA operatives responsible for finding and tracking Osama bin Laden’s hidden lair, see Zero Dark Thirty, now playing.

1. Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad Compound

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Before a dedicated team of CIA operatives tracked down and killed bin Laden in May 2011 as part of Operation Neptune Spear, it is believed FBI’s Most Wanted man sought refuge in this Pakistani compound for five years.

2. Saddam Hussein’s Spider Hole

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The former President of Iraq was famously discovered disheveled, hiding in a small hole near Al_dawr alongside two AK-47s and $750,000 worth of $100 bills. He was hanged in 2006 after being found guilty of numerous crimes against humanity.

3. Idi Amin’s Karamojan Estate

Before eventually seeking exile in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he eventually died, Idi Amin stayed at a safe distance from the people he ruled mercilessly in this oversized home in Karamoja, Uganda.

4. Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair

The reinforced bunker that Adolf Hitler occupied sporadically from late June 1941 to November 1944, deep in the Masurian woods of Poland, was built so robustly that it resisted demolition in 1945. It now serves as a macabre tourist destination.

5. The Unibomber’s Montana Cabin

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This small Lincoln, Montana cabin was where American terrorist Ted Kaczynski lived in isolation and from where he sent out numerous mail bombs between 1978 and 1995. The structure now lives inside Washington D.C. Newseum.

6. Gaddafi’s Drainage Pipe

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The once-extravagant leader of Lybia Muammar Gaddafi met his extremely violent and public end at the hands of revolutionary fighters after they discovered him wounded, hiding inside of a drainage pipe and mercilessly ignored his please to not shoot.

7. Pol Pot’s Jungle Hideout

After the Cambodian-Vietnamese War, Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot fled to the jungles of the Anlong Veng District of Cambodia, where he remained until his death in 1998. Rumors persist that he was poisoned, though his wife claims he died peacefully in his sleep.

8. Fidel Castro’s Mountainside Headquarters

Several decades ago, Cuban leader Fidel Castro came to power by leading a successful guerrilla campaign against heavily-armed US forces from this outpost in the dense Sierra Maestra mountain range. The small tree-top hut he occupied didn’t hold much more than a refrigerator and a large table for meetings.

9. Marshal Lin Biao’s Mongolian Bunker

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Recently repurposed as a bar, the entrance to the cave which the leader of the Communist Party of China used as his headquarters is hidden behind an incongruous plane, hidden in the deep Mongolian brush. Though Lin Biao doesn’t quite count as a villain, his bunker was too cool to leave off the list.

Inspired by Zero Dark Thirty, in theaters everywhere tomorrow.

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