arrow arrow2close-buttonemail facebookinstagrampinterestpostize-logo-letter quotesearch twitteryoutube

16 of History's Most Brutal Torture Techniques

16 of History's Most Brutal Torture Techniques

Torture is a subject matter than we are simultaneously horrified of and fascinated with. In fact, many places throughout the world you can find a museum where the sole theme is torture methods throughout history. I'd say that's a pretty clear sign we're fascinated with this horrifying stuff. 

What's truly horrifying about visiting the past and peering in with eager fears is that it's all real, no matter how unrealistic and awful it is to read about and look at today, people really used to do these things to other people. Sometimes it just goes to show that mankind has always been capable of cruel, vile acts against the rest of mankind. 

ADVERTISEMENT

1. The Throne

Well, this isn't the kind of throne men would envy. It's also pretty self explanatory.

via:Jellyshare

2. The Breast Ripper

Never complain about a mammogram again.... things could be worse.

via:Jellyshare

3. The Spanish Donkey

Don't be fooled, this one is definitely gruesome. Victims were stripped naked before straddling the device. Then, a weight slowly pushed them down until they were split.

via:Jellyshare
ADVERTISEMENT

4. Judas Cradle

Yikes, cross your legs for this one. The victim was suspended over a pyramid-shaped seat, with the point inserted into their anus or vagina, then very slowly lowered by ropes. Slowly but surely they will be split in half but before that they experience painful pressure and stretching of the orifice, followed by tearing in muscle tissue. They may even die from a septic infection before being completely impaled.

via:Jellyshare

5. Cement Shoes

Sleep with the fishes in style... you're not going anywhere but to meet your maker when you wear them though because you're definitely going to drown.

via:Jellyshare

6. The Rat

We can see here that I wasn't kidding when I said they have museums devoted to showing off history's torture techniques and this one is pretty simple, and pretty awful. A rat is placed in a cage, strapped to the victim, and then the rat is basically tortured until its only means for survival is to burrow through the human victim. I can almost hear the screams....

via:Jellyshare
ADVERTISEMENT

7. The Brazen Bull

This vile contraption comes from Ancient Greece. Victims were placed in a solid piece of brass through a small door and a fire was lit underneath. It may be a slow and excruciating torture but the pain was definitely brought on quickly.

via:Jellyshare

8. Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered

Dating back to medieval times, this method of execution was reserved for those who committed high treason. Here's the breakdown: They would then be hanged by the neck for a short period of time until they are near-death (hanged), followed by disembowelment and castration where the entrails and genitalia are burned in front of the victim (drawn). The victim would then be divided into four separate parts and beheaded (quartered).

via:Jellyshare

9. Death by Sawing

This torture method has existed throughout multiple cultures and has multiple methods. In Rome they sawed through the middle, but in Morocco a victim was often hung upside down with their legs spread while they were sawed from the butt... up. Sometimes they also took a saw to the head at the same time. Yikes!

via:Jellyshare

10. Crucifixion

This infamous method of torture and execution was actually really common. As well as slow and painful.

via:Jellyshare

11. The Iron Maiden

Tall enough for a full grown human, the Iron Maiden was used for torture and execution with spikes on the interior of the device and the hinged door. Ouch.

via:Jellyshare

12. Cat of 9 Tails

No big deal, just mercilessly whip your victim. Don't hesitate to estimate how painful this got.

via:Jellyshare

13. Heretic's Fork

The Heretic's Fork was typically used on people who used the Lord's name in vain along with other blasphemers and liars and it was definitely not a fun experience. The device had sharp prongs on either end and using a leather strap was placed with one end between the breast bone and the other end on the throat just under the chin. Victims were then suspended in some manner that prevented them from lying down... and sleeping. Sleep deprivation and painful stabs was definitely torture for these individuals.

via:Jellyshare

14. The Coffin

Simple and effective: the victim would starve to death and was left to be slowly eaten by birds of prey.

via:Jellyshare

15. Guillotine

Perhaps the most humane methods of execution for its time, the guillotine is simple enough. Place the victim in a position to have a razor sharp blade dropped on their neck, slicing their head off. Quick and painless... as long as the blade was in fact sharp.

via:Jellyshare

16. The Lead Sprinkler

No big deal, just fill that ball with boiling water and aim for the eyes of your victim.

via:Jellyshare
ADVERTISEMENT