20 Medieval Torture Devices

NOTE: For anyone fascinated by this morbid subject, we would recommend “The Instruments of Torture” by Michael Kerrigan.

thecontaminated.com did a hell of a writeup covering 20 of the most gruesome torture devices from mankind’s history (I’m sure there are others not covered in this post that I would really rather not know about).

Looking at some of these torture devices makes me wince… makes me wonder… how did one human being do this to another so willingly? Are we really so malleable and fundamental understandings of right/wrong good/bad so non-intrinsic that someone could do something like this without a second thought, and worst, end up liking it as a “days work”?

For example, two I found particularly brutal:

Torture Devices The Boots Torture Devices Water Torture

On the left you have “The Boots” which is described as a pair of essentially wooden frames that go around your legs, up to the knee, where each frame is comprised of segments that can shift Right or Left independently of the other segments. Allowing the torturer to stand to the side, and hit the segments with a sledge hammer, moving it right or left effectively shattering the shin bones in your legs. The idea was that the torture would stop when your legs were simply skin-bags holding your bone fragments from your shins. (I’m going to vomit)

The second picture is Water Torture, apparently a favorite of Japanese guards in WWII. The idea is that a tube is snaked up your nose, down into your stomach where water is pumped in so fiercely that your stomach becomes distended. At that point the guards begin to stomp on and kick you in the stomach, until your stomach lining rips and you eventually bleed to death internally.

There are some really fucked up things in here… like “The Cat’s Paw” is just a metal rake used to pull the skin off of someone’s body while they are strung up… there is also a noticeably sexual spin on most of these torture devices, especially the ones for women.

Then these are #2 and #3 on the list, which I found worse than #1…

Torture Devices Impalement Torture Devices The Saw

In the first one you have… well impalement. Reminiscent of the scene from Cannibal Holocaust, the idea is that the person is impaled, through the anus/vagina up through/out their mouth… the part I found vomit-inducing is that some people don’t die for that “writhing around for up to a day before dying”.

Then lastly we have “The Saw”… not too much left to the imagination with the picture. People are simply hung upside down, then cut in half. The sickest fucking part about this is that they are hung upside down in order to keep the blood around the brain, so they live longer during the experience.

Seriously?

Back in the middle ages they knew enough about human anatomy, god knows from shit like this, to know that would keep someone alive longer so they could torture them more?

And keep in mind almost none of these techniques are interrogation techniques, their purpose isn’t to extract information… it’s just to fucking mangle someone with a hammer, saw or piece of metal in order to kill them.

Sorry for the decidedly dark post… I really feel sick now.

Update #1: Reader Pirated gave some more background information on other forms of torture as well as a heads up on looking into what “Unit 731″ is. we did some digging and it’s disturbing… disturbing as fuck.

Here is the gist of what we found:

  1. A Japanese war effort during World War II to study the effects of more or less destroying the human body in different ways.
  2. There were 8 Divisions to this effort covering 150 buildings and roughly 6 square kilometers of space; an epic undertaking by the Japanese army.
  3. More than 200,000 people (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) were killed by this effort
  4. “Research” consisted of some of the most heinous, gore-filled destruction of the human body I have read about and I can’t figure out the reason why.

Here is an example of what they were doing in the section titled “Vivisection” (which is the dissection of a living creature, without anesthetics, for the purpose of studying the body):

Prisoners of war were subjected to vivisection without anesthesia.[11][13] Vivisections were performed on prisoners after infecting them with various diseases. Scientists performed invasive surgery on prisoners, removing organs to study the effects of disease on the human body. These were conducted while the patients were alive because it was feared that the decomposition process would affect the results.[11][14] The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, and infants.[15]

Vivisections were also performed on pregnant women, sometimes impregnated by doctors, and the fetus removed.[16] Prisoners had limbs amputated in order to study blood loss.[11] Those limbs that were removed were sometimes re-attached to the opposite sides of the body.[11] Some prisoners’ limbs were frozen and amputated, while others had limbs frozen then thawed to study the effects of the resultant untreated gangrene and rotting.

Some prisoners had their stomachs surgically removed and the esophagus reattached to the intestines.[11] Parts of the brainlungsliver, etc. were removed from some prisoners.[11][13][17]

In 2007, Doctor Ken Yuasa testified to the Japan Times that, “I was afraid during my first vivisection, but the second time around, it was much easier. By the third time, I was willing to do it.” He believes at least 1,000 people, including surgeons, were involved in vivisections over mainland China.[18]

It doesn’t even really seem to have a goal in mind, just a focus on pain and terror to “see what would happen” essentially. Now it looks like one of the buildings is open for visitors:

I never want to visit that building. I can’t even imagine the energy in that place.

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79 Responses to “20 Medieval Torture Devices”

  1. Brian Fernandes November 12, 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    Humor and Fun!

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 6:05 am #

      your a sick man if you think this is humorous and fun!

      • Anonymous May 15, 2010 at 8:54 am #

        lol fail. he was saying that it’s funny how this article is under the “Humor & Fun” section

        • Riyad Kalla May 15, 2010 at 11:35 am #

          I haven’t created a “bizarre and fucked up” category yet… and it didn’t belong under any of the others unfortunately.

          • andi October 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

            im doing a school project on torture machines and i was wondering which ones would be the best and most gruesome. do you have any ideas?

    • anonymous October 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

      i disagree, this is weak, i have worse ones written down on paper, i cant reveal my methods to the public because people would think im crazy and they would lock me up in a mental hospital.

      • Brian's Mom November 26, 2013 at 3:19 am #

        Wtf wrong with you? Say it. Tell the world. Anit nobody gonna stop you. Not yet anyway. I’m 102 and still going on about trolling.

    • Brian's Mom November 26, 2013 at 3:17 am #

      Shut up, you dumb twat.
      This is why we kicked you out,
      Don’t make me get your father, whore.
      By the way, you were adopted.

  2. Riyad Kalla November 12, 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    I know… I had to file it under my catch-all category, so I didn’t have to create a “torture and sadism” category… but atleast I got the tags right ;)

  3. Always Travelling December 8, 2007 at 4:17 am #

    Decidedly gross. Haven’t felt this ill since I did a tour round London’s clink jail and saw all the “instruments” in person….

  4. Riyad Kalla December 8, 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Oh wow… do you have any shots of this stuff? I imagine I would feel quiet sick myself…

  5. Sarah January 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    If you think this stuff is gross, I’m doing a project on torture. The ‘Pear of Anguish’ was inserted into a persons anus, (b/c homosexuality) vagina,(b/c abortion or adultry) or mouth (b/c blaspmey). Attached to this pear shaped object was four flaps which came apart on each side to slowly rip apart the skin and mutilate the insides. If you didn’t die from that alone you would die from infection because they never cleaned it

  6. Riyad Kalla January 18, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    un-fucking-believable the stuff people think of to maul each other…

    This is one of those topics that I’m morbidly curious about, but cringe at the more I learn.

    Sarah is your project something that can be shared? I’m sure folks would find it morbidly interesting as well.

  7. alana January 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    oh crap im seriously sick now

  8. annonomous March 4, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    i was wondering if you had any more information on water torture, i have to do a project on it but i cant find much info

  9. Rachy March 4, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    WAT THE HELL!!! this is soo weird!!!!!!!!

    rach!!

  10. camilla May 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm #

    0mg that stuf was like so gross ewl now i want to study more about medieval torture

  11. Freeman June 17, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    I really enjoyed your site especially the pictures of the cats paw, it looked fun!
    Cheers

    • Brian's Mom November 26, 2013 at 3:22 am #

      I bet you like cat paws inside you. Making those pretty little noises you make when it happens huh? Your boyfriend making you do that in front of him. You sick bitch you are. Looks fun. I’ll show you fun. In Grandma’s house.

  12. |H|A|W|K| June 18, 2008 at 2:31 am #

    Is it fun, when you are laid to it and beign tortured?

  13. Riyad Kalla June 18, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    … Freeman I’m really hoping you were a spam-bot, because if you think that looks fun, I really hope we never meet in real life :(

  14. L.B. June 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm #

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

  15. claire July 21, 2008 at 1:33 am #

    well done could use more pics

    • Brian's Mom November 26, 2013 at 3:24 am #

      YOU.
      Well done?
      Hm? Well DONE???
      Wish you could say the same about your appearance I bet.

      I hope you get off this site and change your name.
      Grandma will take care of you.

  16. Riyad Kalla July 21, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    claire,
    I know what you mean… this stuff is so damn morbid but still interesting. The old-style sketch drawings from old-books really sells the whole “nasty, medieval, undereducated, torture” vibe doesn’t it?

    • platypus March 23, 2011 at 6:57 am #

      stop bein a buzz kill on everyones reply you loser is this how you spend your day disagreeing with everything people say.

      • Brian's Mom November 26, 2013 at 3:26 am #

        I agree Platypus, he is just a lowlife with grandma issues.
        He needs a big old hug from Granny.

  17. Crystal October 1, 2008 at 1:16 am #

    I am doing a project on torture as well. It pains me to read some of these horrible descriptions,but it’s very interesting…..It’s very scary to see what some people would do if they could get away with it….I’m sure some people deserved it,but how could they be absolutely sure back then…….You’d have to be pretty damn bad to go through any of that. I am going to have a good presentation I do believe.

  18. Zhudas October 5, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    very very intresting…. although im not quiet sure why you people find it disgusting, after all we are all human, dont we sumtimes like to cause pain to people we hate. after all this are the best and formost the satisfactory form of punishing them. btw i my self doing a project just like you other scum bags but i need a volunteer. any one up for it. i pay them/loveone a great deal of money. thank you

  19. monroe October 6, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    Its natural to be intrigued by these things. I for one, research these things, even when I don’t have to. Its not “sick” or “twisted” to be curious. Its an intriguing topic. The things people do to other people. Sometimes its so bizarre, so disgusting. You’re just drawn to it.
    Back in the day, the press used to print vivid, detailed articles on deaths, murders, suicide, and even Emily Dickinson was noted to saying that she particularly liked to read about train accidents and factory accidents.
    Its in our nature to be drawn to “the dark side”. It just is. Its because its so foreign and different to us. We’ve never experienced these things. The fact that these things actually happened, from one human being to another, draws us in. Even today, its interesting to read about the modern day atrocities. Serial killers, for instance. Do we ever remember the victims? Hardly. We remember the killer, because the things he does are so different. They’re so malicious and disgusting. Bad news is always more fun to hear than good.

    I guess I’m just sticking up for the ones that were on the more “excited” side of this article. Its not wrong to think these things are interesting and cool to learn about it. I’m sure we can all agree that these methods and mechanisms are disgusting and unimaginable, but they’re very interesting to learn about.

  20. Editor October 7, 2008 at 7:55 am #

    monroe,
    A very valid point. For anyone that doubts what monroe said, consider (to a lesser degress) how popular *and* unnecessarily dramatic “reality TV” is today, people don’t just argue, they back-stab and try and destroy each other.

    I think you are right, it’s the extremeness (if that’s even a word) of it that appeals to us and makes us go “omg what the hell?!” and want to keep reading more.

    I know in the back of my head when I re-read this topic all I can think is “if I lived back then, I think I’d just hide in a barrel some where so no one could do this stuff to me”

  21. LaRN November 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow…. Very interesting… and gross.

  22. Irreverant January 5, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    I read a book once called ‘Demonic Males’, that tried to explain the origins of violence in the human race. Apparently, “alpha male” or not, many of the males would regularly and often brutally beat there off-spring and particually their female partner(s), usually with branches, to what avail? Power and dominence!

    I guess, through the beautiful process of evolution, violence has now found an even more effective “channel” to express itself through – Mankind!

    Some philosophers suggest that “thought” is what separates us from “animals”. After reading this post, I conclude that “thought” is a very dangerous thing.

    And “Mother Nature” is one sadistic b**** !!!!!!!!!!

  23. adnama February 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    ok i am doing a project also on midevil torcher and i can’t stand it for another second i have found so many horrible instruments of torcher i cried at the thought of someone going through that….. i am one who live by the saying “spread the love not the hate” or ” forgive and forget” and a thousand others like that ……. no one and i mean absolutly NO ONE should have to go through that no matter what they did…. there was one called the brazen bull and it was terrible they would make a bull out of bronze and tell people to get into it and scream so they could see if it actually sounded like a bull….. but then once they are in the bull the mean people lock the top ( there were no other air ways) and set a fire beneath the bull so it got up to like a thousand degrees in it… and when they screamed for help people thought that they were testing the bull…….If only i knew…..

  24. adnama February 20, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    my bad i didnt actually mean if only i knew how to use it i meant if only i knew why they did it

  25. miss somebody March 19, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    omg this is weird stuff. im doing a project aswell and this creeps me out. just looking at what some people went through makes me sick and now i have to do a speech on it and include pics aswell.

  26. Riyad Kalla March 19, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    How do so many of you have projects based on this? I never learned about this stuff in school — I think I would have passed out.

    What country are you guys in? US? UK? etc?

  27. SexMachine March 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    i think that the best torture device will be fucking someone to death or handjobs

    • Brian's Mom November 26, 2013 at 3:28 am #

      Are you really a sex machine?
      No.
      No.
      Your Grandma is a sex machine,
      She got it going ON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. j April 1, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    This is so sick i swear im gonna puke what kinda fruit cake doese that

  29. p April 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    that is the colest thing in the world

  30. p April 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    wean they do the stuff you cant move

  31. camron April 18, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    wow. i am really glad that we were not alive then! talk about mind blowing pain!!!

  32. Lily May 4, 2009 at 2:36 am #

    Haha. I am also doing a project on medieval torture . yes, that’s “medieval torture” not “midevil torcher” adnama . Have you people heard of rat torture. They would put a rat under a ceramic bowl of some sort and then put a rat under it and heat it so that the only way the rat can get out is through your flesh; or sometimes they would insert a rat in your anus and the rat would have to find its way out through your bowels . eugh. it is trully disgusting .

  33. Lisa May 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    It’s very interesting, I’ve been researching it for awhile now. I think exposure is probably the worst, because it takes the longest to die and since it was so cheap, people used it often. Sometimes the person was buried up to their neck and left for the animals and sun, other times they were hung in a cage with large holes to allow the birds to rip away the flesh, and still other ways were to chain them in the stocks or pillories. Often the victim was killed by other people throwing things at them while they were defenseless. The human mind is so twisted. Eewww.

  34. Jamie January 3, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    I had to write a paper on this stuff. you wanna be sick? look up ‘the pear’. ugh. makes me wince just thinking about it

  35. Irreverent January 15, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    At least it was done in the name of Jesus… ummm… *pukes*

  36. Obnoxious bastard February 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    “shudder shudder” i’m also doing a project on it but i still haven’t found out why they used torture to this degree, help? anyone? Also, look up the crocodile shears and Judas’ cradle…

    • Riyad Kalla February 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

      Obnoxious, I think these interrogation devices were used a lot more frequently for simple information extraction especially against people deemed sub-human… like slaves and lesser classes.

      I also expect during times of religious unrest they were used liberally either as punishment or just to get “spies” to talk… sort of like drowning witches =/

  37. OLSON March 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    OMG!! this stuff is so gross…but it is what happend back in the day and it is crazy S*** and um i was wondering if anyone knew anything on the witch’s spider torture device because i have a project due this friday the 12 and i cnt find very much stuff

  38. Anonymous April 1, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    SickStuff

  39. Anonymous April 1, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Is There More? I Find it intersting

  40. Obssesed_With_Torture May 8, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    Most people get sick off this stuff but certain people, like myself ,actually dream of using those type of torture methods on others. I believe it is because human beings are still not seperated form our animal “relatives”. Torture is just another way of expressing the savage animal blood that still and for ever will run through all humans. And F.Y.I. The pictures were very good although there are more detailed one that explain things with out actually having to use words. And the reason most people back then even did those things were for Revenge, money, wealth, power, and just plain boredom, and insanity. take queen Mary daughter of king henry the eigth she killed thousands of peagans because her young half sister was a peagan and so was her father. of course she was also driven stark raving mad by her make-up.

  41. asta July 13, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Oh my God, that is fucking sick. Didn’t people have better things to do than shove shit up people’s anuses? Who the hell would ENJOY doing that to someone? Frankly, I’m pretty sure murderers were much more humane than these bastards. It’s just appalling.

    Who even DESIGNED these things? Who would actually be sick enough to design some kind of “breasts ripper” or some shit that was shoved up your vagina and opened slowly to mutilate someone?! These sorts of things really put things into perspective.

    If you’re on a diet, read about medieval torture. It’ll certainly put you off your food.

  42. dragon king July 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    i find this very interesting as well. i think its kinda fun to do some of those things to other ppl. i prefer the 3600 cut thing used by the chinese. very enjoyable cutting ppl up bit by bit. thumb screwing is also great and fun

  43. Charles August 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Most of medieval torture was Roman Catholicism at work, but the Protestants, especially in England, were horrifically savage! Henry VIII kicked the Pope’s emissaries out of Britain in the 15th century, and the Vatican versus British Empire conflict has raged ever since, with the latecomer British decisively gaining the upper hand through THE PILGRIMS SOCIETY (the World Money POWER!!!) Torture? That Society planned both World Wars and is working on the next! Modern torture those sickos would have loved to have had access to has included electricity (PSYCHIATRY!!), chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrogen fluoride, ball bearings, ground glass (they may not have thought of) and severe, horrific, wasp and caterpillar stings. North Korea stripped prisoners and shoved them into subzero weather in 1953. May God protect the innocent from those who profess to do good in his name. The Founding Fathers opposed “cruel and unusual punishment.” Medieval history is why.

  44. jayy August 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    dragon king ur sick. its sad that ppl wud do this to each other

  45. Angela August 31, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    They also had the Breast Ripper. Used on women, large blades would go into the breasts then suddenly rip away leaving the breasts into shreds.

    • Riyad Kalla August 31, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

      Angela,

      I had never heard of that, but given how heinous the rest of these devices are, I can’t say I’m all that surprised.

      What was wrong with us back then… why did we sit around inventing this stuff… makes me want to vomit.

  46. kim September 8, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    yeah im doing a project and research for all torture devices in my class it’s pretty disgusting.

  47. Bob October 27, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    wat the fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i’m gunna puke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. love November 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    this is just not cool at all ! Its diccussding ! ! !

  49. Pirated December 10, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    Mastectomy

    Some tortures were devised with women specifically in mind. Mastectomy was one of them. Although both men and women could have the skin torn off them with red- or white-hot pincers, mastectomy was a distinctly feminine device. One torture manual recommended particular attention be paid to female breasts as they are “extremely sensitive, on account of the refinement of the veins.”

    Mastectomy first became popular in 1599 Bavaria. The most famous case is that of Anna Pappenheimer. After already being tortured with the strappado, a public demonstration was in order. Anna was stripped, her flesh torn off with red-hot pincers, and her breasts cut off. As if this was not enough,

    the bloody breasts were forced into her mouth and then into the mouths of her two grown sons. . . . This fiendish punishment was thus used as a particular torment to women. But it was more than physical torture: by rubbing the severed breasts around her sons’ lips, the executioner made a hideous parody of her role as mother and nurse, imposing an extreme humiliation upon her.

  50. Pirated December 10, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    actually tell you you what guys, if you want to know more about modern torture I think the japs are kings of it. if you google up “unit 731″ and read up on it. half the world doesnt even know this went on. this less then 100 years ago. sorry but these guys are like mad scientists cross nazi cross the crazy guys that used the medival machines on people back in the day. you should put up a blog about it.

    • Riyad Kalla December 10, 2010 at 7:15 am #

      Pirated, I am always interested in secret histories so I looked up Unit 731… that messed my shit up.

      I edited the article to include a summary of it at the top (with credits) so others can learn about it as well. Christ what a fucking stain on the human race.

      There are some dark moments in history and Unit 731′s existence goes right in there with the darkest.

    • Riyad Kalla December 10, 2010 at 7:17 am #

      I would add that Unit 731 is effectively the complete, universal opposite of this.

  51. Sin January 17, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    I enjoyed readin about this. Thank you. Not to say I enjoy this kinds shit, but it sure didn’t make me wince or anything. Rough life, right? Haha. I’m sure at one point i that time they had chinese water torture. For those that do not know what that is, it is where a is strapped to a table, while a steady supply of one drop of water hitting them directly in the center of the forehead repeats for hours. The goal and eventual outcome is the victim is driven insane and has mental breakdowns, cries, etc… It’s been tested in modern day and proven to be true. I thought it was fascinating. I’ve found lots of things to go in this category, but only remember few.

  52. arora April 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    HOLY SHIT!!! that Pear of Anguish is one nasty torture tool. Gawd, watching /reading about this stuff puts fear of god into u. i’m too doing a project on medieval torture i didn’t noe about this pear of anguish until one of u mentioned it . i’m so gonna include that!!!

  53. Tundra May 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Hehehehe… How I love torture pain and death … Hehehe especially when it’s other peoples but a little self pain is good too … Hehe all this truly puts a smile on my face

  54. Syn July 14, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Wow, if this puts a smile on your face then I hope I wont be meeting up with you anytime soon. Haha. I just search this shit up so I can torture the charactors in my storys… FICTIONAL charactors. I hope that you only find enjoyment in imagination like me… because if you would cause torture like this in reality, allow me to back away slowly then commence running arround in circles like a mad man, cause thats pretty creepy…

    • Riyad Kalla July 16, 2011 at 7:17 am #

      Syn, that’s not a bad policy… anyone you see smiling while reading something like this, get far away from :(

  55. Syn July 14, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Oh and to the poster, thanks. This was really a nice summory of some gross stuff and anyone who says otherwise about it being sick in a bad or offencive way probably shouldn’t be reading about torture like this anyways. Great work and keep it up, it’s proven to be a awesome help to people writing reports and enjoyable (in a eww kind of way) for people like me who are fasinated by it.
    P.S. Please excuse my spelling… I’m not good with such written communication… lol…

    • Riyad Kalla July 16, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Syn, most welcome.

      The whole topic is interesting to me from the perspective of how inexplicably horrible we could be to one another in the past; especially during the dark ages all in the name of faith.

      I hate it… it makes me sick, but I think it’s worth understanding. The only times in history (Unit 731 comes to mind) I’ve seen men be inhuman to one-another is when there is a fundamental belief that the person you are effecting is not equal to you… not as “human” as you or just something lesser than human. Similar to how you might feel about a cockroach as opposed to a bunny rabbit.

      Trying to understand where that mindset comes from, when it happens and how to reverse or combat it is important.

      If you are writing a horror novel or something, you might want to look into the psychology of “disgust” and some of the studies done around that and how political parties use it to manipulate people.

      It is a fascinating subject because the emotion of “disgust” is so strong, it melts away our feeling that whatever we are disgusted with has any rights at all; human or otherwise. Even if you *fear* someone, you still think they have rights, but if a person or group of people are perceived as “disgusting”, most people tend to think they are subhuman and don’t carry equal human rights.

      It’s nasty stuff and you see it a lot in political discourse in war-torn countries; Africa comes to mind, Nazi-Germany comes to mind, etc.

      Our psychology is disturbingly malleable.

  56. Dragon February 15, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    I have tried to post twice and failed both times but I was going to tell you a stunning fact! You can buy your own Anal Pear online at The Stockroom. I posted this just so you could check it out and make sure I haven’t lost my friggin mind. If you can get this device of torture online, what else can you get? I would not want to live any where near anyone who bought one of these!!! And for curiosity go check out fuckmachines.com to see what women today willingly put themselves through for pleasure. My wife would kill or castrate me for even suggesting something like that!! Good by for now. I realy hope you are still reading this site!!

  57. Dragon February 15, 2012 at 3:29 am #

    I will check back in a week to see what you have to think!

  58. chuck June 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    First, you would have to somehow poison someone with puffer fish toxin to paralyze them. Then, tie them to a table with a mirror hung from the ceiling above said person. From there, remove the eyelids and let your imagination run wild. This is a great way to torture someone because you can combine physical and psycological torture.

  59. Katrina July 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Here’s one.

    Head Crusher.

    With the head placed under the upper cap and the chin placed above the bottom bar, the top screw of this awful device was slowly turned, compressing the skull tightly. First the teeth are destroyed, shattering and splintering into the jaw. Then the eyes are squeezed from the sockets – some versions had special receptacles to catch them. Lastly, the skull fractures and the contents of the head are forced out. In earlier stages, the torturer could keep the head firmly clamped and strike the metal skull cap periodically; each blow echoing pain throughout the victim’s body.

    I was so sick after that. ^

  60. Bruce Wilner November 1, 2014 at 4:52 am #

    Kerrigan is your recommendation for a comprehensive book? I see you know next to zero about this subject.

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