From ancient civilizations to modern legal systems, Torture and Capital Punishment uncovers the methods, justifications, and controversies surrounding these extreme forms of punishment.

Torture and Capital Punishment

The Brazen Bull of Phalaris A Gruesome Ancient Greek Torture Device 6 Century BC

The Brazen Bull of Phalaris

The Brazen Bull, also known as the Bronze Bull, Sicilian Bull, or Bull of Phalaris, is one of the most infamous torture devices used in ancient Greece.

The “Vile Garrote”: Spain’s Preferred Method of Capital Punishment

The Vile Garrote

The Vile Garrote was a procedure for executing a convicted person by compressing his throat with a rope twisted with a stick, with a metal ring or by pressing the neck with a screw.

2000 Years of Death By Elephant - Engraving for the 1889 French magazine "le voleur illustre"

2000 Years of Death By Elephant

Elephants were often used as a symbol of royal authority and were often employed to torment captives in public executions.

Lingchi “Death by a Thousand Cuts” 18 Centuries of Gruesome Chinese Torture


Lingchi, was a slow and extremely painful execution method in which a knife was used to make small shallow cuts all over the body of the victim until death.

The Judas Cradle - Medieval Torture Device

Judas Cradle

Hundreds of medieval torture devices were conceived and created with the sole purpose of inflicting pain. Today, we are going to review one of those devices known as the Judas Cradle.

Image of the alleged Crocodile Shears Torture Device

Crocodile Shears

Crocodile shears were a Medieval Torture Device used in late Medieval Europe.

It was a gruesome form of torture particularly reserved for men who tried to assassinate the king.

Iron Maiden. Torture museum in Lubuska Land Museum in Zielona Góra. Poland

The Iron Maiden

The Iron Maiden was a torture device believed to have originated in Germany during the Middle Ages. It was said to have been invented by a German executioner named Johannes Eckhardt.

The Head Crusher Unveiling the Gruesome Medieval Torture Device

The Head Crusher

The Head Crusher emerged as one of the most sinister and barbaric tools in the torturer’s sadistic arsenal during the Middle Ages.

Thumbscrew, steel, probably French, 1601-1850. Three quarter front view, black background.

The Thumbscrew

The thumbscrew, also known as the thumb crusher, stands as a haunting relic of a bygone era, where the quest for power and dominance manifested in unimaginable suffering.

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Human Ritual Sacrifices in Mesopotamia Culture

Ritual Sacrifice in Mesopotamia

In ancient Mesopotamia, human sacrifice was considered an ordinary practice that was to be followed by its residents.

Ancient Human Sacrifice in China

Human Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient China

The ceremonial slaughter practices of human beings to give tribute to Gods, supernatural entities, and forefathers is what human ritual sacrifice is all about.

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