Pure evil is out there, but you won’t find it here. Yes, you could take each one of these dictators, war criminals, murderers, and career crooks at face value, and dismiss them as “pure” evil, but it looks like they had a softer side after all. Maybe they were on their lunch break from an evil day’s work. Or maybe they don’t take their evil work home with them. They clock out, hang up the bad boy hat, and kick their feet up with a warm glass of charity. Before clocking back in for their next shift at the evil lair, of course.
We’re not excusing their crimes or (in some cases) genocide, but who are we to scoff at an act of kindness? We’ll take a charitable act in the charitable act column any day. For instance, if you called the suicide hotline years ago, Ted Bundy may have been the comforting voice on the other end. Charles Ponzi (the namesake of the Ponzi scheme) might literally give you the skin off his back. So, here are those and 12 other selfless acts from the last people you’d expect.
The crime syndicate who cares.
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
On the right end of a 911 call.
A couple of burglars did the right thing.
This ex-con knew he “had to do something.”
Charles Ponzi might swindle you, but he’ll also give you the skin off his back.
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend either.
We’ll drink the Human Rights Kool-Aid.
See something, say something. Even if you’re handcuffed.
Ivan couldn’t find anything terrible about the local arts community.
The inmates run the prison — in a good way this time.