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:
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…
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.
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:
- A Japanese war effort during World War II to study the effects of more or less destroying the human body in different ways.
- There were 8 Divisions to this effort covering 150 buildings and roughly 6 square kilometers of space; an epic undertaking by the Japanese army.
- More than 200,000 people (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) were killed by this effort
- “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. 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. The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, and infants.
Vivisections were also performed on pregnant women, sometimes impregnated by doctors, and the fetus removed. Prisoners had limbs amputated in order to study blood loss. Those limbs that were removed were sometimes re-attached to the opposite sides of the body. 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.
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.
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.