8 Most Brutal And Terrifying Torture Techniques Ever Devised In The History

8 Most Brutal And Terrifying Torture Techniques Ever Devised In The History

During the Middle Ages, public torture and execution were common and regarded as socially accepted forms of punishment. Various levels of pain and types of execution were inflicted on prisoners, depending on the nature and severity of their crimes. Torture has typically been used as a means of extracting evidence and information, and public execution has often been used as a warning to prevent others from committing crimes. Below are some of the most common forms of brutal torture and execution:-

1. Lingchi

Lingchi, translated variously as a slow process, lingering death, or slow slicing, and also known as death by a thousand cuts, The convict was tied to a post, and bits of skin and limbs were gradually removed one by one, usually culminating in a final cut to the heart or decapitation. It was a form of torture and execution used in China from around 900 CE until it was banned in 1905.

2. The brazen bull 

The brazen bull designed by ancient Greeks, this method was also called the Sicilian bull, as it had been invented in Sicily. The brazen bull was designed in the form and size of a real bull and had an acoustic apparatus that transformed the screams into the sound of a bull. The convicts were locked inside the device, and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until the person inside was tormented to death.

3. Rat torture 

Rat torture is the use of rats to torture victims by encouraging them to attack and eat the victim alive. Where a rat would have been placed inside a cage. The bottomless cage would be placed on the body of the convict, and the other side of the cage would be heated. Rat, finding the other side blocked by the heat, would slowly eat the victim's flesh to make way for himself.

4. Death by sawing

Death by sawing was the act of sawing or cutting a living person in half, either sagittal or transversely. Death by sawing was a method of execution used in different parts of the world, such as the Roman Empire, Spain, and parts of Asia.

5. Death by burning 

Death by burning is a method of execution involving combustion or exposure to extreme heat. The best-known execution of this type is burning at the stake and it was often given to people believed to be heretics or witches., where the convicted person is bound to a large wooden stake and a fire is lit beneath them.

6. Flaying 

Flaying of humans was being used as a method of torture or execution, depending on how much of the skin is removed. This is often referred to as "flaying alive." Flaying, also known colloquially as skinning, is a slow and painful procedure in which the skin is removed from the body. In general, an attempt is made to keep the removed portion of the skin intact.

7. The breaking wheel

The breaking wheel or execution wheel, also known as the Catherine wheel or simply the wheel, was a method of torture used for public execution, primarily in Europe, from antiquity through the Middle Ages to early modern times, this extremely simplistic device consisted of a wheel to which the convicted person would be bound, and sometimes of spikes. The convicted person would have his limbs beaten with a club or a cudgel, and by turning the wheel, the bones in his body would slowly break, leading to an exaggeratingly painful death.

8. Crucifixion

Crucifixion is a method of punishment or capital punishment in which the victim is bound or nailed to a large wooden beam and left open for a few days, both for people to see and die a slow and agonizing death until they eventually die from exhaustion and asphyxiation.

10 Responses to "8 Most Brutal And Terrifying Torture Techniques Ever Devised In The History"

  1. This shows us to what extent man can go towards his fellow human. I am sure that similar torures and worst are still being used in secret by many current governments.

  2. Ενώ έχουν εφευρεθεί μηχανήματα ή που απλές συσκευές που να οδηγούν σε σίγουρο επώδυνο τραυματισμό ή τον θάνατο τον άνθρωπο, δεν έχει εφευρεθεί κάτι το οποίο θα οδηγεί στην ικανοποίηση η στην ευχαρίστηση τον άνθρωπο.

  3. It amazes me how cruel people can be. I also think it's a big must that we today are any better that these people of the past. Take away the average law and order in any given country or place a particularly vicious dictator, and we'd be back to these methods in the blink of an eye.

  4. Humans are shameful in all ways. Nothing changes. I feel we are all sadists. Only the degrees differ.

  5. Humans are shameful. We are all sadists. Only the degrees change.

  6. How about impaling? The victim is lowered onto a stake set in the ground. The stake has not a sharp point but a rounded point that will push vital internal organs aside rather than penetrate them until it exits the mouth. The stake is tapered toward the top so that the victim’s breath, though labored, is not cut off.
    A victim may linger for several days before expiring.

  7. Crucifixion is even worse than is depicted in paintings. The method of affixing the victim varies according to how long the executioners want the victim to live. Spiking shortens the victim’s life while increasing the pain. Tying or shackling the victim to the crossbar and the stake lengthens the victim’s life.
    The mothers or wives of victims of crucifixion were sometimes permitted access. They would feed and give drink to their loved one, which multiplied his shame and greatly prolonged his suffering. A crucifixion victim might survive for weeks before expiring from exposure.

  8. The Japanese during the war would mount their victum on a block of Ice start a 3 cornered spear up their backside and tie them to a pole so they couldn't escape then as the ice melted their weight allowed them to slowly drop down on the spear.
    Another one was to put a glass rod up a mans penis then break it.

  9. I heard of a certain N.A. First Nations tribe that would bind the victim and then sew him inside a deer skin with just his head sticking out. He would then only be fed honey. Over the course of days, his sweet excrement inside the bag would attract all manner of insects, until the deerskin bag, with him inside, would be full of bugs. Presumably, the honey meals would end at some point, and the victim would slowly expire in the bug and excrement filled bag.