During Medieval times, criminals or those disloyal or wrongly accused often didn’t get a trial and if they did have a form of a trial, safe to say there were no appeals if found guilty. Instead, they were persecuted via torture.
Years ago, I visited a torture museum in Amsterdam. They had all the “classics,” but there was one that stuck with me, it was called The Saw. It was just a very long saw, the kind that takes two people to use, like lumberjacks use to chop down big trees. The picture accompanying it had nothing to do with lumberjacks. Again, The Saw stayed with me. There is something about these devices that are especially disturbing and personal.
Dishonorable mentions go to the knee splitter (think the movie Misery, but higher up on the leg), Iron Maiden (not the band), and something called the Breast Ripper which is just…too much. Amputations were also a popular torture technique, but given there wasn’t much of a tool (or creativity for that matter) it didn’t make the list. Here are the 14 most shocking (and terrifying) torture devices of all time:
15 The Tub
The victim is forced to sit in a tub that has a cover only allowing the head to stick out. The head is then slathered in honey. Then comes the buzzing as the bees begin to descend; there is a case to be made that killer bees weren’t always so evil, someone set them up for it. The bees continue to attack the victim until; well I’m sure you get the picture. This form of torture is also known as The Beehive. Okay, I just made that up, but admit it, it does sound better and more torturous than “The Tub.”
13 Chinese Torture
Hey, it’s just a drop of water, right? This form of torture is the least painful, at least physically; mentally though, it may be the worst. This form of torture places a victim braced to a chair or on the floor. A drop of water falls on their head, continuously. A drop of water hitting your head does not allow sleep or really anything and eventually, the drops feel like steel balls hitting your head. The non-stop drops usually kill via sleep deprivation. The victim may also turn insane (due to lack of sleep) and probably wish he had been given a quicker form of torture.
12 The Tongue Tearer
11 The Guillotine
9 The Coffin
8 The Head Crusher
6 The Saw
5 The Chair
4 Chastity Belts
3 Forced Ingestion
1 The Rat Digger
Okay, here we are at number one. Now, you should know I hate rats and yes, I live in New York City. This one is going to give me nightmares. This torture method is done by strapping a victim down and placing a cage of rats on top of their stomach. Not a lot of clever thought went into this device/method, it is how it sounds. The only way the rats can get out is if they dig through the cage and through the victim’s stomach. Yes, organs, intestines, etc… are all eaten or at least destroyed. Is it too late to sign up for impalement? I think I’ll take that over The Rat Digger.
Sources: Moviepilot, Wikipedia
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