Each time you tune into any news channel, you surely get amazed to see the increasing crime rate; no matter at what level it is. The crime is not something that’s new, since the time immemorial, different type of crimes and other punishable offenses have crop up.
The guilty of crime have been punished on being proved though the ways of punishments have changed with time. Execution of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense is known as capital punishment or death penalty.
For capital offenses and crimes like murder, sexual crimes such as rape, adultery, incest and sodomy, carry the death penalty, drug trafficking, corruption, cowardice, desertion, insubordination, and mutiny are also capital offenses. Hold your breath, here you are about to witness some of the horrifying executions till date.
We have listed down some of the hideous torture methods throughout history. Some of the methods are so dreadful and agonizingly painful that their images can give you goose bumps.
The upright jerker was an execution method and device intermittently used in the United States during the 19th and early 20th century. In this method of execution, the condemned would be violently jerked into the air by means of a system of weights and pulleys. The objective of this execution method was to provide a swift death by breaking the condemned’s neck.
Slow slicing, the lingering death or death by a thousand cuts was a form of execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until its abolition in 1905. In this form of execution, the condemned person was killed by using a knife to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time.
Death by Spanish Donkey
In this form of execution a device which consisted of a main board cut with a wedge at the top was fastened to two cross-beams. The naked victim was placed astride the main board as if riding a donkey and various numbers of weights were attached to his/her feet. On occasion, the wedge would slice entirely through the victim as a result of the immense weight attached to his or her feet.
Necklacing is the practice of summary execution and torture carried out by forcing a rubber tyre filled with petrol around a victim’s chest and arms and setting it on fire. The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die suffering severe burns in the process. The practice became a common method of lethal lynching during disturbances in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. The first instance took place in Uitenhage on 23 March 1985 when African National Congress supporters killed a councilor who was accused of being a collaborator.
The execution by sawing was a method of execution used in Europe under the Roman Empire, in the Middle East and in parts of Asia. The condemned were hung upside-down and sawn apart vertically through the middle, starting at the groin. As the body was hung upside down, the brain received continuous supply of blood despite severe bleeding, thereby the convict was conscious until or after the saw severed the major blood vessels of the abdomen.
Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered
From 1351 a penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, the execution of convicts by hanging drawing and quartering was practiced. Depending on the severity of the sentence against the seriousness of the crime, the convicts were fastened to a hurdle and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged, emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and quartered-chopped into four pieces. Not only this, their remains were displayed in prominent places across the country.
Flaying is a very old torture method that was used thousands of years ago in the Middle East, Africa and even America. During the Middle Ages, it was frequently used to torture and execute criminals, captured soldiers and witches. In one version, the victim’s arms were tied to a pole above his head while his feet were tied below. His body thereby completely exposed and the torturered with the help of a small knife, peeled off the victim’s skin slowly.
Since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated in the US, 788 people have been killed by lethal injection. In it an injection of three substances-sodium thiopental to induce anaesthesia, followed by pancuronium bromide to relax muscles, and finally potassium chloride to stop the heart is given.
Scaphism also known as the boats was an ancient Persian method of execution designed to inflict torturous death. Those sentenced to scaphism were stripped naked and smothered in honey, thereafter they were shacked between two sandwiched rowboats while only the head, hands and feet were left protruding.
Later the accused were left with a stomach-twisting diarrhea. Chewing and stinging of insects brought insanity and the dehydration or starvation to bring death.
Death by Stoning
Stoning is arguably the world’s oldest form of execution. In it the prisoner is buried either up to his waist (male) or up to her shoulders (female) and then pelted with stones by a crowd of volunteers until battered to death. Under the terms of most fundamentalist courts, the stones must be small enough that death cannot reasonably be expected to result from only one or two blows but large enough to cause immense physical harm. The average execution by stoning is extremely painful, lasting at least 10 to 20 minutes.
The garrote very common once but is no longer sanctioned by law in any country. Garrote is a device that strangles a person to death. It can also be used to break a person’s neck. Used initially in Spain until outlawed in 1978 with the abolition of the death penalty, Garrote consists of a seat in which the prisoner is restrained while the executioner tightens a metal band around his neck until he died. The last execution by garrote was José Luis Cerveto in October 1977.
Burnt At The Stake
The exact period when burning at stake was first used in Britain is not known but there is a recorded burning for heresy in 1222 when a deacon of the church was burnt at Oxford for embracing the Jewish faith so he could marry a Jew.
Burning at the stake in public was used in England and Wales to punish heresy for both men and women Men who were convicted of high treason were hanged, drawn and quartered but this was not deemed acceptable for women as it would have involved nudity.
Crucifixion is an ancient method of painful execution in which the condemned person is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead. The executed are crucified in the nude and forced to piss and defecate all over themselves publically. Jesus Christ as you all know is the most famous victim of crucifixion. Also, Saint Peter was crucified but upside down.
Bestiarii- Fed to Animals
Among Ancient Romans bestiarii were those who went into combat with beasts, or were forcefully exposed to the beasts. While some people were condemned to death via the beasts others faced them voluntarily for pay or glory. The accused struggles against blood-thirsty beasts but if somehow manages to subdue one animal, new animals were set on him until the sky is shattered by his screams for mercy.
An ancient Greek, Perilaus devised a “human oven” in the shaped from brass to resemble a bull that would be heated by fire to literally roast the man inside. The Brazen Bull was all the more demonic because it would twist the screams of its victims to sound like the bellowing of an angry bull. Perilaus himself was the first to make the bull bawl having tricked into its stomach by King Phalaris for describing the contraption’s auditory ability as the tenderest, most pathetic, most melodious of bellowings.
Breaking wheel was a torture device used for capital punishment in the Middle Ages and early modern times for public execution by cudgelling to death. Formerly in use in France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Russia, the US, and other countries, used the wheel that was typically a large wooden wagon wheel with many radial spokes. In some cases the condemned were lashed to the wheel and beaten with a club or iron cudgel with the gaps in the wheel allowing the cudgel to break through.