History of Punishment & Torture: A Journey Through the Dark Side of Justice by Karen FarringtonThe history of punishment and torture makes for macabre and mesmerizing reading: retribution without mercy, medieval justice, hellish prisons, and ingenious methods of inflicting torment upon the body and mind. Trace a path from the days of harshest penalties to more modern methods of reforming wrongdoers. Images graphically capture the plight of prisoners forced to walk treadmills till they went insane; bodies nailed to crosses; suspects tied to ducking stools; and the courts of the Inquisition, which left no stone unturned in their efforts to exact a confession. Discussions of human sacrifice, ordeal by fire or water, the dark days of juvenile justice, the pillory, and capital punishment reveal the astonishing array of clever and cruel sentences devised by those determined to deliver the ultimate punishments.
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Warning: This post is NOT for the squeamish! You've been warned. The Heretic's Fork was a special torture device reserved for those who spoke out against the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. With two spiked ends, the device was attached to the victim's neck and only removed after the wearer had spoken words, "I recant. In medieval times, the Judas Cradle was among the most disturbing torture methods.
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In some, places, and situations the process was only meant to humiliate the guilty, but most of the following examples of ancient punishments are gruesome and often deadly. Public Domain Statue of a man without a nose. Public Domain. The Greeks called it Rhinocolura for the strange faces of the people who lived there — none of them had a nose. These men were criminals, and Rhinocolura was their prison.
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