Category: Mass Murder
Date: 1994 - 2006
Crime: The son of Charles Taylor, served in the role as leader of his father's paramilitary and security forces. Accused of barbaric war crimes, including: beatings, burying people alive, rape and torture. In 2008, was convicted of several counts of torture, conspiracy to commit torture and the possession of firearms in the commission of a violent crime. He is sentenced to 97 years in prison and is currently planning his appeal.
Biography: Sometimes referred to as Charles Taylor, Jr., Emmanuel was born and raised in the United States with his mother and stepfather, living in a small middle class community in Orlando, Florida. As a teenager he found trouble and in 1994, he attempted to rob a man on West Orlando and when confronted by police, he pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and pointed it at the officer's head. This event triggered his move to live with his father in Liberia. After his father took control of Liberia in 1997, Emmanuel was appointed to lead the paramilitary wing of the government. He was in charge of security, anti-terrorist activity and providing 'muscle' wherever his father deemed it necessary. In this capacity, he and his forces were said to burn victims with lighted cigarettes, molten plastic and candle wax. Other victims were severely beaten with iron bars and firearms, while others were cut and stabbed and left to bleed to death. In 2006, Emmanuel tried to return to the United States, but was arrested at the Miami International Airport. The U.S. Department of Justice then levied the war crimes charges against him. During the trial, the prosecution presented a witness who survived an interrogation at the hands of Emmanuel, where he claims to have been abducted from his home and brought to an unidentified location for questioning. His testimony states that Emmanuel and his co-conspirators pressed a hot iron into his flesh, shocked him with electrical current, rubbed salt into his open wounds and forced his hands into boiling water.