Pol Pot, the Cambodian dictator and leader of the Khmer Rouge, was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million. His activities concerning the extermination of 20% of the Cambodian population inspired the award winning movie, The Killing Fields. Pot died at age 73 on April 15, 1998, after several years of ill health. The U.S. was planning to arrest Pot and deport him for a war crimes trial. Oddly, by many accounts, in person he was a nice guy.