Samuel Doe was a Liberian military leader and politician, who served as the president of Liberia from 1986 to 1990. He belonged to the African ethnic group called the Krahn. He was notorious for having led a military coup against the reigning president William Tolbert and his government in 1980. In this process, he killed a lot of Tolbert's followers and declared himself the general and the head of state. What followed was a reign of terror, plagued with rampant corruption, murder of political opponents, violent repression of other ethnic groups, and suppression of media. In 1985, he was voted the president of Liberia in what brazenly appeared to be a fraudulent election. His corrupt reign came to an end after he was captured, taken hostage, humiliated, brutally tortured, and murdered in 1990.