Top 10 cruel torture methods
Scaphism is another type of torture that basically gives us a deeper insight into the kind of pain that the human mind is capable of. Scaphism is an enhanced form of the exposure torture method. The naked person is tightly fastened within a hollowed-out tree trunk or a narrow rowing boat, with the head, feet, and hands protruding. He would be forced to ingest honey and milk to the point of developing severe diarrhea. More honey would be rubbed on his body so that insects would be drawn to the exposed body parts. The victim’s feces would accumulate within the container, attracting more insects which would chomp and breed within the exposed and increasingly gangrenous flesh. In order to keep the victim alive and prolong the torture, the forced feeding would be repeated every day, so that starvation and dehydration would not give the victim his wished relief from pain. Death will eventually occur due to septic shock; delirium typically sets in just after a few days.
Waterboarding may be the most famous form of torture in the 21st century because of recent reports of US soldiers’ abuse of suspected Al-Qaeda detainees. While it does not leave behind any traces physical abuse, it is a brutal method in which the victim struggles for oxygen. Waterboarding basically has a person restrained with their backs on a board with the head slightly lower than the feet. A cloth is then held tightly against the victim’s face and water is poured onto the cloth. Breathing becomes a difficult task and the victim feels like he is drowning and close to death.
Another method is to skip the cloth altogether and just hose down the face of the victim. Despite being a simple method, it is very efficient, hence its usage up to the present. You may want to try it for yourself. Lay down with your head a little lower than your feet and ask someone to pour water on your face. You will realize it is not fun at all!
3. Electric Shock Torture
From the time humans could control voltage and amperage with precision, electric current rapidly became a preferred method of torture. It inflicts a great deal of pain and does not leave behind obvious evidence of torture on the victim’s body. This method consists of using some sort of electrodes – usually pliers – attached to the victim’s body. In some cases, to inflict increased pain and humiliation, the pliers would be attached to the testicles if the victim is a man or to the nipples if it is a woman. It is known that during World War II, the US Army used electrical torture and most probably, the other countries used it as well on their prisoners.
Similar to the known method of torturing and humiliating by tarring and feathering, pitchcapping refers to a form of torture commonly used in the 18th century by British forces as a means to punish and obtain information from suspected rebels. The method consists of pouring hot tar or pitch into a conical shaped paper cup or a simple piece of cloth, pressing it onto the victim’s head and allowing it to cool. It is then torn off, taking lumps of skin and flesh together with it, leaving the victim disfigured for life. The torture is usually preceded by a rough shearing of the victim’s hair in a way that the hot liquid would stick to the skin instead of the hair. Sometimes the victims are not strapped down to allow them to run around in agony. Some would even bang their own heads against the wall or anything solid in an attempt to bring an end to their misery.
Rats have been around for a long time, but it was only in the medieval times that they were actually used as a weapon of torture. In this method of inflicting pain, the person would be restrained, and a number of cuts would be made on their body. The stomach would be cut open, the starving rats are released into the intestines, and the wound would then be sewn shut – all this while the prisoner is still alive. Another variation is called the rat bag torture, where a person is restrained and a bag full of hungry rats is pulled over his head; and the rat cage, where a cage with no bottom is placed on the person’s belly and a piece of hot coal is placed on top of the cage, forcing the rat to dig into the person’s intestines as the only way out. This torture would almost always lead to death, either by the rat eating or chewing some vital organs or by septic infection.