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Torture Instruments from Medieval Times - HEAD CRUSHERS, THE RACK AND WATER TORTURE

With the accused's chin on the lower bar of a head crusher, and the "cap" over the victim's head, authorities forced such an instrument down as the screw was turned.  It takes very little imagination to figure out what happened next.

The rack, made popular in movies and television shows, pulled a victim's body in opposite directions.  Water torture, on the other hand, was used to simulate drowning, producing an extremely difficult death.

Sometimes these preliminary methods of torture resulted in death, thereby ending the suffering of the accused.  Other times death came much more slowly - as when prisoners were locked in a "hanging cage."

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5139stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jul 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: Dec 25, 2013


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