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Death by boiling
Can you imagine boiling someone alive in large pot? Though not common, this was an unusually
cruel method of execution. There is plenty of evidence that it was practiced throughout human
history. Archeologists have found human bones in cooking pots and hearths in China which were
found to be around 500,000 years old.
In England in the 1500s this was the legal method of punishment. The victim was immersed in
boiling water, oil or tar until dead. Imagine the fear the prisoner felt when they were taken to this
deadly big pot to suffer their horrible fate.

Crucifixion was among the most gruesome and painful of ancient execution methods and was
practiced from about the 6th century BC until the 4th century AD, mainly among the Seleucids,
Carthaginians, Persians and Romans. The condemned person was tied (or nailed) to a large
wooden cross and left to hang till dead. Their dead body was then left on display as a warning.
Sometimes, the victim was ordered to carry their own crossbeam which weighed about 75-125
pounds (35-60 kg) on their shoulders to the place of execution. Not only this, but to humiliate
them, they were ordered to be hung up naked.
There is evidence of a practice much like crucifixion having taken place during World War I and
II. A punishment known as Field Punishment Number One' was very similar although it
involved the victim being flogged rather than executed. In the British Army, especially during
World War I, soldiers were punished for crimes such as refusal of orders and disobedience.
Nowadays, versions of crucifixion are practiced as a devotional ceremony in
some part of New Mexico and the Philippines. Though the church greatly
discourages this practice, followers of Jesus still imitate the suffering of
Christ by being 'crucified' for a limited time on Good Friday. It has been seen
in the town of Iztapalapa, just outside Mexico City, and also in San Pedro
Cutud, during the Passion Week Celebration of 2007

8. Flaying
In this author's opinion, this was the most uncivilized method of torture and punishment
practiced during the Middle Ages. Brutal to the bone, it involved removing the skin from the
body of a still living prisoner.
Flaying was an ancient practice, inflicted on criminals, captured soldiers and 'witches' around a
thousand years ago in places such as the Middle East and Africa. The victim was flayed alive as
part of a public execution, after which the skin was nailed to the wall as a warning, so that others
would heed the lesson and never ever dare to defy the law.

Disembowelment was among the most severe forms of punishments ever heard of or seen. This
method was used to punish thieves and those accused of adultery. Some or all the vital organs
were removed one by one from the body, mainly from the abdomen. Sources say it was practiced
in England, the Netherlands, Belgium and in Japan.
In Japan, it was a ritualized suicide method for Samurai, referred as seppuku, in which two
cuts across the abdomen were made. In another version, a fine cut was made in the victims gut,
leaving him to catch an infection.
Also, in later medieval times, the torture was performed using small starving animals such as
mice, which led to the victims death. Imagine the agonizing pain the prisoner must have felt
when their 6-meter-long intestines were slowly eaten by the starving mice.

6.Breaking whell
The breaking wheel, also known as the Catherine wheel, was a medieval execution device. It
was used during the Middle Ages and was still in use in the 19th century. It originated in Ancient
Greece and from there spread through other countries such as France, Russia, Germany, Spain,
Portugal and Sweden.
A wooden wheel was used to stretch the victim out, with their limbs extended along its many
spokes. Then a hammer or a large iron bar was applied to the limb through the gap to break all its
bones. This process was repeated with every limb, leaving the victim alive but in pieces.
Sometimes the executioner was ordered to strike on the stomach and chest, a practice known as
the blow of mercy. The number of blows was specified in the court sentence. If mercy was
shown, after two to three blows the victim was strangled. In severe cases, the victim would be
cudgeled bottom-up starting with the legs, while those who had committed lesser offenses were
beaten 'top-down' starting with the throat. When the execution was complete, the criminals head
was often placed on a spike for exhibition and the shattered limbs were left for birds to eat.
Imagine the pain and suffering involved in this cruel execution method.

We all know about piercing the nose, ear or naval as a beautification procedure but what about
being pierced with a long stake? This was among the most revolting of punishments ever
imagined and practiced by humans. It was a favorite of the Romans, Chinese, Greeks and the
Turks. It was also practiced in Asia and in Europe during the Middle Ages.
Though rarely practiced, impalement was truly horrifying. The victim was pierced through the
rectum, through the vagina, through the side or even through the mouth, causing deep bleeding
and painful wounds. They were then dropped into their own grave. The victim endured a long
period of continued suffering before their death. Sometimes, before execution, the victim was
asked to dig their own grave too. What suffering the victim had to endure with the stake
penetrating their groin during those agonizing hours (or days) before


4. Crushing
This forceful execution method was used in the common law legal system. It has an extensive
history, with several varying methods used through time. One of them was Crushing by
Elephants', which was used throughout south and south-east Asia for over 4,000 years. Sources
say it was also used by Romans as well as by the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam.
In another method, the victim was pressed with extremely large and heavy stones laid upon their
chest, causing suffocation and then death. Though these forms of execution are no longer
sanctioned by any governing body, the fact remains that it was incredibly unkind to let someone
die, crushed or suffocated beneath rocks or the strong legs of a giant creature

3.Death by Burning
We may love to eat roasted potatoes, roasted chicken and roasted beets but what about a
roasted human? Many of us cannot even imagine seeing a human burning alive. So imagine the
cruelty of this wild and evil execution procedure. In days gone by, some criminals were burned
alive for whatever heinous act they committed.
The progress of the fire would burn the calves, thighs, hands, stomach, breasts and upper chest
before reaching the face. It was extremely painful, although sometimes the person died from
carbon monoxide poisoning before the fire even touched their calves. Pitch was also applied to
the prisoners body, which helped the fire to burn quicker and make the process faster.
There is evidence of enemies being burned alive in Rome, in Akragas in Sicily, in England, and
in some part of North America too. Among the best known individuals executed by this brutal
method were St. Joan of Arc (1431), Patrick Hamilton (1528), Thomas Cranmer (1556) and the
Old Believer leader Avvakum (1682).
The most recent record is of Jesse Washington, whose execution is internationally remembered
as 'The Waco Horror'. Washington was found guilty of raping and murdering a white woman and
was only 17 when he was tortured and burned alive in front of a cheering crowd of 16,000. What
could be a more brutish and wild punishment than this?

You can grasp what this execution procedure was about by its name. It involved hanging the
helpless condemned person upside down and then slicing them down the middle, starting at the
groin. It was a gross procedure to say the least... Bleeding severely but still alive and conscious
the thought alone is enough to make you throw up. As the condemned was hanged upside down,
their brain received enough blood supply, so they remained alive in spite of the pain and severe
bleeding. This method was used in Europe, under the Roman Empire and also in some parts of
Asia. According to some religious histories, the prophet Isaiah was executed in this manner. The
illustration here shows the painful death of a delinquent.

1.Slow Slicing
Another vicious punishment method involved slicing the prisoner very slowly. Around 900 AD it
was a common execution method in China, until its abolition. There it was known as Ling Chi,
which means The Lingering Death or Death By a Thousand Cuts'. The idea behind the method
was to humiliate the victim with a slow and painful execution and then for the punishment to
continue even after after death.
The condemned person was killed using a knife. Methodically, over an extended period of time,
parts of the body were removed. This was a public execution method used to threaten people.

Sometimes opium was also administered to prevent fainting or as an act of mercy. Because of the
severity of the punishment, it could not last longer than 15 to 20 minutes.
So friends, which method did you like the most? The full list is quite long and includes other
horrible methods such as decapitation, shooting, necklacing and hanging. Since there seems to be
no end to the list of diabolical methods, this author's opinion is: Aargh..!! They are all equally
uncivilized and gruesome!