PHOTOS: The Most Notorious KGB Killer & Rapist’s Abandoned Home

The KGB became notorious for torturing, killing and spying on its citizens when the Soviet Union existed under communism. All its citizens in various countries feared speaking out against communism (or even criticizing politicians) for fear of being shot, hanged, beaten or dismembered as punishment for being a traitor. Lavrentia Beria was the head of this bloody secret police for most of his life and was feared even by his colleagues.

Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria was born a Georgian, like Joseph Stalin, who adored the man and called him “my Himmler.” Beria was head of the secret police in Georgia in his twenties, and he supervised the 1930s purges: Basically, he murdered millions of Russians. He soon became head of the police and the KGB (formerly known as NKVD), the notoriously spine-tingling secret police of the former Soviet Union, all because he was the most trusted hand of Stalin after the war. Beria also ran the Soviet slave-labour camps and was notorious for his love of torture and for beating and raping women, especially young girls.

“Sometimes he would have his henchmen bring five, six or seven girls to him,” explains historian Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko. “He would make them strip, except for their shoes, and then force them into a circle on their hands and knees with their heads together. He would [then] walk around in his dressing gown inspecting them. Then he would pull one out by her leg and haul her off to rape her. He called it the flower game.”

“The gulags existed before Beria,” explains Antonov-Ovseyenko, “but he was the one who built them on a mass scale. He industrialised the gulag system. Human life had no value for him.”

As much as Beria was feared, even by colleagues, it didn’t stop his rivals and enemies from racking up (probably false) charges against him in order to put him away. They claimed he was a British spy, and Beria was finally captured, imprisoned and executed for the alleged crime of conspiring for many years to seize power in the Soviet Union in order to restore capitalism. He and his confederates were shot, but many say the executed man was his double and that Beria was secretly strangled months before the execution.

This featured home was Beria’s summer cottage and is most probably haunted. It’s been rumored that he was mad and it’s likely that he lost his mind while living here.

Strangely enough, his main home in Russia–a sky-blue and white house–has been housing the Tunisian embassy since 1958. Human remains have been found in that basement since that time. Maybe they’ll do some digging in this cottage home one day too: Chances are there will be human remains there too.