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  • The Catherine Wheel Made Victims Wish For Decapitation on Random Historical Torture Methods Designed To Make The Pain Last As Long As Possible

    (#6) The Catherine Wheel Made Victims Wish For Decapitation

    The "breaking wheel," also known as the Catherine wheel, was a torture device that sometimes resulted in a person's demise... if they were lucky. A Catherine wheel victim would be tied to the spokes of the very large wheel, and their bodies would be bent and contorted to match its shape. Once on the wheel, they would be stricken repeatedly in order break every bone in their body.

    Once their bones were shattered, they were usually decapitated or had their throats slit, but they were sometimes left alive to suffer in agony.

  • The Judas Cradle Slowly Impaled Through The Anus on Random Historical Torture Methods Designed To Make The Pain Last As Long As Possible

    (#5) The Judas Cradle Slowly Impaled Through The Anus

    The Judas cradle was an amazingly simple torture design that could produce some truly horrendous results. Basically, a Judas cradle is a chair - except there's a large, pointed triangle (facing upward, obviously) where the seat should be. When subjected to this form of torture, a person would be bound and hoisted above the chair using pulleys and ropes. From there, they would be slowly lowered onto the triangle, which would begin to enter either their anus or vagina. If a torturer wanted to increase the pain of the inestimably painful process, they would cover the triangle in oil.

    The amount of time it would take to perish differed from person to person. Those who didn't immediately perish from the process would do so later as a result of infection, as the device was never cleaned between uses.

  • Boiling Alive Was One Of Henry VIII's Fave Slow Torture Methods on Random Historical Torture Methods Designed To Make The Pain Last As Long As Possible

    (#9) Boiling Alive Was One Of Henry VIII's Fave Slow Torture Methods

    A favorite method of King Henry VIII, being boiled alive can be an extremely drawn out process. Although being boiled at a consistently hot temperature for several minutes straight can quickly do the trick, this wasn't always the method used by torturers. In fact, some boiling involved lowering the liquid to an unbearably hot - but not quite boiling - temperature, torturing the victim. 

    Also, the liquid used for boiling was totally up to the torturer - oil and water were two favorite options.

  • Immurement Ended Targets Through Claustrophobia And Starvation on Random Historical Torture Methods Designed To Make The Pain Last As Long As Possible

    (#11) Immurement Ended Targets Through Claustrophobia And Starvation

    Not to be confused with live burial, immurement involves a person being isolated and confined within narrow walls. The person's demise is caused by starvation, and they must watch as walls are slowly built around them. Immurement has been used across the world, but was used notably in Persia. 

    One account describes the potentially lengthy event: "The victim is put into the pillar, which is half built up in readiness; then if the executioner is merciful he will cement quickly up to the face, and death comes speedily. But sometimes a small amount of air is allowed to permeate through the bricks, and in this case the torture is cruel and the agony prolonged. Men bricked up in this way have been heard groaning and calling for water at the end of three days."

  • Keelhauling Used Barnacles To Pull The Skin From A Body on Random Historical Torture Methods Designed To Make The Pain Last As Long As Possible

    (#1) Keelhauling Used Barnacles To Pull The Skin From A Body

    Surprising no one, pirates were not afraid to dole out some truly horrendous punishments to seamen behaving badly while at sea. Keelhauling was one of the more gruesome of pirate punishment practices. 

    While this drawing makes keelhauling look like an awesome pirate game, it was actually the opposite of fun. The crueler alternative to walking the plank, keelhauling involved throwing a person off of a boat with a rope attached to them. As the boat moved, the person would be pulled underneath it, and their body would scrape against the rough, barnacle-covered bottom of the ship.

    The process was repeated until the person's skin was fully scraped off. This was, as you might imagine, often fatal.

  • Crucifixion on Random Historical Torture Methods Designed To Make The Pain Last As Long As Possible

    (#14) Crucifixion

    • Cause Of Death

    Probably one of the most infamous methods of prolonged execution in history (thanks to Jesus), crucifixion was widely used in antiquity.

    During the process, the target was nailed or tied to a wooden pole. Often, their legs were smashed with clubs, breaking the bones so that they could not hold themselves up. They were then left, usually unclothed, to perish of starvation, loss of bodily fluids, or asphyxiation.

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