Here’s a reminder of mankind’s most cruel inclinations: 8 absolutely horrible methods of execution that were used throughout the world.
The United States is the only major country in the Western world that still allows capital punishment. However sadistic and extremely painful methods have been abolished in most countries that still use this type of punishment. Revolting as it may seem, besides the US, other countries that use such extreme punishing methods nowadays are China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. According to Amnesty International, executions occurred only in 11% of countries worldwide in 2013.
In execution by boiling, the condemned is left naked and then placed in a vat of boiling liquid that could be oil, acid, tar, water, or molten lead. During the reign of King Henry VIII it was a punishment especially reserved for poisoners.
The flaying method is very ancient. Actually the apostle Bartholomew was flayed and then crucified upside down. His skin and bones can still be found in a Cathedral in Sicily. Basically the skin of the criminal used to be removed from their body while the victim was still alive, with the use of a very sharp knife. The skin was usually kept intact, as a proof of the deed. Afterwards they were then left to die from either shock or infection.
Stoning is a method of capital punishment where the condemned is violently attacked with stones until he is practically buried alive. Sudan is one country that uses stoning as part of their punishment for homosexual behavior, particularly against women. Afghanistan seems to have inclinations towards this brutal practice, as an 84-year-old man charged with homosexual activity was killed in Kabul a few years ago.
Necklacing is an execution method in which a rubber tyre forced over the arms is and chest of the victim. The tyre is filled with gasoline, and is set of fire. It was a common practice in South Africa during the 1980s and 1990s. It was also used in Brazil, Haiti and in Nigeria during Muslim protests.
#5. BRAZEN BULL
The Brazen Bull was invented in the 6th Century BC. It was a large brass bull, completely hollow inside, provided with a door on the side, large enough for a man to enter. Once the condemned was inside the bull, a fire would be lit beneath it. Thus the man was roasted to death. Moreover inside the head of the bull, there were a series of tubes and stops designed to amplify the screams of the victim and make them sound like the roar of a bull.
#6. LING CHI
Ling Chi is basically execution by slow cutting. It was practiced in China until 1905. The criminal is tight to a cross, and the executioner, armed with a sharp knife, begins by cutting from the fleshy parts of the body, such as the thighs and the breasts. After this he removes the joints and the nose, ears, fingers and toes. Then the limbs are cut off, the elbows and knees, the shoulders and hips. Finally, the victim is stabbed to the heart and his head cut off. According to Confucian principles, someone executed like this will not be capable of finding piece and wholeness in his afterlife, either.
#7. THE BREAKING WHEEL
The breaking wheel was a mediaeval execution device. The criminal would be attached to a cartwheel with his arms and legs stretched out along the spokes. The wheel turned while a heavy metal object would break the victim’s bones in various parts of the body between the spokes.
After the shattering was complete, the wheel would be hoisted to the top of a pole for birds to eat the, sometimes still living, body.
The sawing execution method was used in the Middle East, Europe, and some parts of Asia. It was also used in the Roman Empire, being Emperor Caligula’s favorite punishment method.
So the criminal, hung upside-down had a large saw cutting his body in half, starting with the groin, all the way to the head. Because the person was hanging upside-down, the brain received sufficient blood to keep them alive until the saw finally reached the main blood vessels in the abdomen.