We all heard about the Iron Maiden (no, not the band), impaling, and burning at stake as methods of execution or death. Yeah, those are really cruel deaths which involve a lot of planning and probably some mad psychopath behind the whole idea, but there are some execution methods that you probably haven’t heard about. So, check out these gruesome deaths that were quite popular in their time. I’ll even rank them according to their gruesomeness just because it makes things a little bit more fun.
Nero, the ruler of
was kind of a
psychopath. He hated Christians so he liked to have a bit of fun with them by
lighting his garden with their bodies. Yeah, that’s correct, he used humans as
candles. They were tied or nailed to stakes and then the Romans poured boiling
substances over their heads. This was done at night and apparently it pleased
Nero as he used them as garden decorations during some special events. You know
that type of firework called a Roman candle? Well, now you know the origin of
its name. Rome,
Flaying actually means skinning (as in, removing the skin from a person's body OMG). As an execution and torture method flaying humans was done, of course, while they were alive. If it was merely a torture method without death, then only parts of the skin were removed. However, if the person was sentenced to death by flaying or they were captured by enemies, then death was the goal of this practice and usually a lot of skin was removed. Apparently Assyrians were even more inventive and they captured the children of their enemies which were flayed before the eyes of their parents. Very popular in
too, flaying was used by Sun
Hao, Fu Sheng, and Gao Heng but they mostly liked to remove the skin from the
The name of this torture method is very cool. The Five Pains almost sounds like a quest in an RPG game. But it was a way to torture people in
during the Qin Dinasty. It involved, well, five ways of inflicting pain. First the
victim had their nose cut, nothing amazing here because we are used to nose
cutting from medieval times. Then the executioner cut the hand of the victim.
As a third pain they cut a foot and ultimately they castrated the person. The
last pain inflicted was death and it was usually done by cutting half at the
waist. What’s cool about this method is the fact that its inventor died this
way himself. China
4 Slow Slicing (Death By a Thousand Cuts)
You know Chinese people have these patience and perseverance proverbs like The journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step or The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Well apparently they like to use their philosophy in all areas of life, even torturing and executing. The death by a thousand cuts is exactly what it sounds like. And they didn’t do it fast either. Of course, there is no perfect method to this, every executioner had its own way and signature cut. Apparently the person was tied and brought to a public place where they were executed in this way. Ultimately, if the executioner was kind enough (or bribed by the victim’s family), he would stab them in the heart faster in order to kill them. Some emperors even wanted the executions they ordered to last for three days. Apparently, the remains of the victim were often used as Chinese medicine.
they had other horrid torture methods such as being hanged drawn and quartered.
The torture began with the person being drawn by a horse to the place of
execution. The whole execution was done before a public because, you know,
executions in the past were sort of like our reality shows nowadays. The public
was ecstatic when an execution was programmed and if it was a famous man, it
was just like the Super Bowl of medieval times. First they were hanged for a
little while just to play a little with them. Some victims were lucky enough
and died during hanging, most of them were not. Then they were taken to be
disemboweled. While their stomach content was hanging, they would be
emasculated which means that their penis and testicles were cut off. Because
cutting a person’s genitals is not enough torture, the executioner burn them in
front of the victim. Other organs were torn out and finally the person was
beheaded. Of course, being quartered comes from the fact that the body was
divided into four quarters afterward. Also, the executioner also had a blast by
parboiling the remains so that they won’t rot too sun while being displayed on
the city gates. England
Ok, so it seems that the person who invented this method was not sane at all. It is an ancient Persian method that involves a lot of pretty sick things. The victim was stripped naked and well tied to tree trunks or boats. It’s pretty normal execution until now, but the fun part just begins. The executioner forced the victim to ingest milk and honey until they developed severe diarrhea. Also, because that was not enough they also rubbed some of the honey on the body for the insects; after that he was just left in the sun. Now imagine attracting a lot of flies and mosquitoes that will probably bite your skin because you are covered in honey. They would also leave their eggs on the victim’s body and the guys who are torturing him would come back every day and give him some more honey. This would last for a long time, a very long time. Death was usually caused by dehydration, starvation or septic shock. However, if the victim was lucky enough they would develop delirium fast, but that usually takes a few days. Some records of this method state that people survived even 17 days before dying.