15 Most brutal methods of execution of all times

15. Buried Alive

Premature Burial most cruel methods of death execution-B.C. this punishment has been used for individuals as well as groups

-The victim is  tied up and then placed in a hole and buried

-Nanjing Massacre during World War II–>  Japanese soldiers buried groups of Chinese civilians alive  “Ten Thousand Corpse Ditch”

14. Snake Pit

– common form of capital punishment

-Convicts  cast into a deep pit with venomous snakes

-dying after the irritated and poorly fed snakes attacked them

– famous leaders  died this way:   Ragnar Lodbrok, the Viking warlord, and Gunnar the king of Burgundy

-variation–>  thrown into a small pool of water containing water snakes

13. The Spanish Tickler

-commonly used in Europe during the Middle Ages

-Used to tear open the victim’s skin

– could rip through anything, including muscle and bone

– victim was tied up naked, sometimes in public, and then the torturers begin mutilating them

– starting on the limbs and working inward, the neck and face were always saved for last.

12. Slow Slicing

Ling Chi, translated as “slow slicing” or “the lingering death”

– the death by a thousand cuts

-Practiced from 900 AD to 1905

– drawn out over a long period of time

-The torturer slowly cuts and removes several body parts

– extendends the victims life and torture as long as possible

-According to Confucian principle, a body that is cut into pieces cannot be whole in the spiritual afterlife, making the form of execution one that still tortures the victim in the afterlife.

11. Burning at the Stake

– a form of capital punishment for centuries

-associated with crimes such as treason and witchcraft

-Today–>cruel and unusual punishment

-before the 18th century was common practice

– victim is tied to a large stake  in the center of town  and then lit on fire

– one of the slowest ways to die

10. Necklacing

– practiced in South Africa

– still quite common today

-consists of a rubber tire, filled with gasoline

-forced around the victim’s chest and arms, and then being set on fire

– causes the body to be turned into a melted mess

9. Execution by Elephant

-In South and Southeast Asia– a method of capital punishment for thousands of years

– animals were trained to execute two ways

-Slowly, in a prolonged manner, dismembering and torturing or by Crushing, which killed the victim nearly instantly

– concept was  adopted and finessed by the Roman military to deal with deserting soldiers

8. The Five Pains

– Chinese capital punishment

– easy concept to grasp

-It starts with the victims nose being cut off

-then one hand and one foot

-finally, the victim is castrated and cut in half across the waist

-Inventor was  Li Si, a Chinese Prime Minister

– He was eventually tortured and then executed this way

7. Colombian Necktie

-one of the goriest

– throat is slashed, often with a knife but really any sharp object would do

– then their tongue is pulled out through the open wound

-During La Violencia (Colombian period of history fraught with killing)  was the most common form of execution

– used mainly to intimidate others who encounter the body after the fact

6. Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered

– in England, to be hanged, drawn and quartered was a common occurrence during medieval times

– responsible for hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of deaths

-First, the victim is dragged on a wooden frame, called a hurdle, to the place of the execution

-Second, the victim is hanged by the neck for a short period of time until nearly dead

– Third, the disembowelment and castration occur, where afterward, the entrails and genitalia are burned in front of the victim (drawn)

-Finally, the body is divided into four separate parts and beheaded (quartered)

5. Cement shoes

-Introduced by the American Mafia

-involves placing the victim’s feet inside of cinder blocks and then filling them with wet cement

– then throwing him or her into the water

– still practiced today

-“someone who sleeps with the fishes”

4. Guillotine

 -one of the most notorious forms of execution

-Made up of a razor sharp blade attached to a rope

-the victims head was placed in the middle of the frame and then the blade dropped with efficiency

-person was decapitated almost instantly

– people potentially are still alive for a few moments following the act

– people who had been guillotined would blink their eyes or mouth words shortly after their heads had been cut off

– It must be pretty weird to know that your head is no longer attached to your body!

3. Republican Marriage

 -one of the most interesting

-Originating in France

-was common in Revolutionary France

-It involved tying together two naked people, a male and female usually of a similar age, and drowning them

– where water wasn’t available, the couple would be run through with a sword

2. Crucifixion

-ancient method of execution

– one of the most well known methods

-the execution of Jesus Christ. Crucifixion

 – hands and feet are nailed into a wooden cross and then  hoisted into the air

-The victim is then left to hang there until death

-takes days to die and often meant dying of thirst before anything else

1. The Brazen Bull

-The Brazen Bull= Sicilian Bull

 -one of the cruelest methods of torture and execution

 -Designed in ancient Greece

-solid brass was cast into the shape of a hollow bull, with a door on the side that opened and latched

– victim was placed inside of the brass bull and a fire was set underneath

-The fire was heated until the metal was literally yellow, causing the victim to “roast to death”

 -bull was designed so that the screams of the victim would come out sounding musical for the enjoyment of the executioner

 -the inventor  ended up being executed inside of the Bull

”You live by the horns, you die by the horns”


How we are going to use it

Burning at the stake-the witch will be in this, afterwards she escapes

Cement shoes- from this developed the idea of drowning one of our characters


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