We have seen torture techniques in movies and in books. We have heard about them from our parents. Some seem a bit mild, even though they are reported to have been effective, but there are other means which scare the pants off you just to hear about them. Well, here is a chance for you to learn about some torture techniques used in the Middle Ages which will likely succeed in doing just that. Hold on to your britches and learn about…
1. The ‘Knee Splitter’
This device was literally used to sever legs and other limbs from the human body. It was frequently used during the Spanish Inquisition, and was popular because it was so versatile. When the handle was turned the steely spikes would close together, cutting of the limb which was inserted between them. It would not only separate the flesh, but was effective in cutting bone, as well. Sometimes they were heated to make the process more painful.
Vlad the Impaler was known to use this technique, which consisted of forcing victims to sit down on a spike, resulting in their impalement and death. The victim’s weight would cause their body to slide down the pole. While you may think one would die right away, it actually took up to three days for them to ‘give up the ghost’.