From resignations to drownings and beheadings, the papacy is full of unusual and surprising moments.
Pope John XII (December 955-May 964) -- He was deposed at one point, but returned when Holy Roman Emperor Otto I left Rome. Pope John XII maimed and mutilated all who had opposed him. He is also said to have been beaten to death by a jealous husband in 964.
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