14 Most Gruesome Torture Methods Used in History

If you think we’re living in hard times today, you won’t believe the methods they used to torture human beings in the past.

We’re not quite sure how anyone came up with these ideas, but sadly enough they’re a part of our history.

12 Horrifying Medieval Torture Devices We Can Believe Existed

The Scavenger’s Daughter
The Scavenger’s Daughter

This device was used to compress the body to such a degree that blood was forced from the ears and nose.

Scold’s Bridle
Scold’s Bridle

A punishment device usually used on women to control and humiliate them from gossiping.

Brazen Bull
Brazen Bull

After the victim was placed inside the hollow chamber of the bull, a fire was lit beneath to literally cook them to death.

Pear of Anguish
Pear of Anguish

This was inserted into one of the victim’s orifices to cause mutilation.

Spanish Tickler
Spanish Tickler

A ghastly torture used to tear a victim’s flesh apart.

Knee Splitter
Knee Splitter

You can imagine what this one did.

Strappado
Strappado

Arms would be ripped from their sockets by the weight of the body. Soon after, breathing would be impaired.

The Judas Cradle
The Judas Cradle

The point of the device was inserted into the anus or vagina of a victim and then the person was slowly lowered onto it by a system of ropes.

Torture Chair
Torture Chair

Once used to interrogate heretics and wizards.

Breast Ripper
Breast Ripper

As the name implies…

The Iron Maiden
The Iron Maiden

A slow, painful death.

Saws
Saws

Long saws held by two people at each side would start at the groin and saw a person in half.

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