1. Buried Alive
Being buried alive is one of the most common human fears, and it makes sense to fear it, can you actually imagine waking up in a coffin? Sadly this is also an execution method.
9. Colombian Necktie
Another gruesome execution method in which the victim’s throat is cut horizontally, with a sharp object, and his tongue is pulled out through the open wound.
8. The Spanish Tickler
This was used as a weapon and to torture people. Made out of long, sharp iron spikes resembling claws. Used to rip out flesh away from the bone, from any part of the body.
7. Blood Eagle
This method of torture and execution is mentioned in the Nordic saga legends. The idea was to cut the ribs of the victim by the spine, breaking the ribs so they resembled blood-stained wings, and then pulling the lungs out through the wounds in the victim’s back.
6. Hanged, drawn and quartered
Used in England, was the penalty for high treason, the ultimate crime possible against the state. Convicts were first tied to a horse and dragged to the point of execution, then they were hanged (but not killed here), castrated, had their organs removed, chopped in to four pieces (quartered) and then beheaded.
A very common method of execution, reserved for crimes such as treason, witchcraft, and heresy.
4. Slow Slicing
Also called “Ling Chi” translated as death by a thousand cuts used in China in the 900AD until it was banned in 1905. In this method of execution the condemned was killed by using a knife to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time.
3. Brazen Bull
The brazen bull or the bronze bull was an execution device designed in ancient Greece. Its inventor was Perillos of Athens, who made it for Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas, Sicily, as a new way of executing criminals.
Scaphism, also known as ‘the boats’ was an ancient Persian way of execution designed for the Greeks. The victim was stripped naked and then firmly tied to two narrow boats then he was forced to eat milk and honey to the point of developing a severe bowel movement and diarrhea, and then more honey is rubbed on their exposed appendages to attract insects.
Bamboo torture involved a bamboo shoot being grown through the body of a victim. The victim was tied above a young bamboo shoot and for several days, as a sharp, fast growing shoot would first puncture, and then completely penetrate the victim’s body, eventually emerging through the other side.