The monks, Muslims and Christians are getting too much press. Check out these two bad ass Turkish tyrants.
Basil II – Bulgar Slayer
Conquered armies from Islamic Egypt, the Bulgars and Russia. Put out the eyes of 14,000 Bulgar prisoners of war.
When he tired of his harem, he had all 280 (what a guy) women tied in sacks and thrown in the Bosphorus.