Most people in our time hope that they will die in a peaceful environment in a dream, surrounded by loved ones. But for the victims of these 15 methods of execution practiced throughout history, it was not so rosy. Whether you're burning alive, cutting off limbs or slow, these deaths undoubtedly shock you. A particularly sophisticated methods of torture used in the Middle Ages, but also at other times torture was one of the most popular ways of punishment, or the extraction of information. It is amazing that 100 years ago, this practice was considered everyday, it attracts thousands of people in our time going to a concert or an exhibition.
Buried begins our list of frequent executions. Refer to the time before our era, it was used to punish individuals and groups. The victim is usually associated, and then placed in a hole dug in the ground and slowly. One of the most popular uses of this form of punishment was the Nanjing massacre during the Second World War, when the Japanese soldiers of mass executions of Chinese civilians alive, that was mentioned as "Ditch Ten thousand corpses».
14. The pit with snakes.
One of the oldest forms of torture and execution, snake pits were a very common form of capital punishment. The criminals were thrown into a deep pit of poisonous snakes, dying after being irritated and hungry snake attacked them. Several well-known leaders have been executed in this way, including Ragnar Lodbrok, captain of the Vikings, and Gunnar, king of Burgundy.
13. Spanish schekotun.
This device is commonly used for torture in Europe during the Middle Ages. Used to break the skin of the victim, the weapon could easily break through something like, including muscles and bones. The victim contacted, sometimes in public, and then began to mutilate her tormentors. Usually begins with the extremities, neck and torso is always kept to complete.
12. Slow slicing.
Ling Shi, which translates as "slow slicing" or "never-ending death," described as the death of thousands of cuts. Implemented from 900 to 1905, this form of torture was stretched for a long period of time. The torturer slowly cuts the victim, prolonging his life and torture as long as possible. According to the Confucian principle, the body that is cut into pieces, can not be an integer in the spiritual afterlife. Therefore, it was understood that after such a penalty, and the victim will be tormented in the afterlife.
11. Burning at the stake.
Death by burning used as a form of capital punishment for centuries, often associated with crimes such as treason and witchcraft. Today it is considered cruel and unusual punishment, but even in the 18th century, the burning at the stake was the normal practice. The victim contacted, often in the city center with the with the audience, and then burned at the stake. It is considered one of the slowest ways to die.
10. African necklace.
Is generally carried out in South Africa, called the penalty Necklace, unfortunately, still quite common today. Rubber tires filled with gasoline, worn around the chest and arms of the victim and then ignited. In essence, the body of the victim turns into a molten mass, which explains why it is among the top ten on our list.
9. The execution of an elephant.
In South and Southeast Asia elephant was capital punishment method for thousands of years. The animals were trained to perform two actions. Slowly, long way to racking up a sacrifice or a crushing blow destroying it almost immediately. Commonly used by kings and nobles, these killer elephants only increased the fear of ordinary people, who thought that the King has supernatural power of wildlife management. This method of execution was ultimately adopted by the Roman military. So punish the soldiers deserters.
8. Execution "Five Sentences».
This form of Chinese capital punishment - a relatively simple operation. It begins with the cut off the nose of the victims, then cut off an arm and a foot, and finally, the victim castrated. The inventor of this punishment, Li Si, the Chinese prime minister, was eventually tortured and then executed the same way.
7. Colombian Necktie.
This method of execution - one of the most bloody. I cut the victim's throat, and then the tongue was pulled out through an open wound. During La Violencia is a Colombian period of history, fraught with torture and war, it was the most common form of execution.
6. hanging, stretching and quartering.
The execution for treason in England, with hanging, stretching and quartering, was common during medieval times. Despite the fact that torture was abolished in 1814, this form of punishment has caused the death of hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of people.
5. Boots cement.
Introduced American Mafia, the method of execution involves placing the victim in the foot cinder blocks and then filling them with cement and then throwing the victim into the water. This form of punishment is rare, but is still practiced today.
Guillotine - one of the most popular forms of punishment. Guillotine sharpened blade was so perfect that deprived the victim's head almost instantly. Guillotine - in the form of a humane method of execution, until you know that people are potentially still be alive for a few moments after the action. People in the crowd told that the executed, who were beheaded, blinking eyes, or could even pronounce the words after their heads were chopped off. Experts have theorized that the rapidity of the blade did not cause loss of consciousness.
3. Republican wedding.
Republican Marriage might not be the most horrible death on this list, but certainly one of the most interesting. Originating in France, this form of punishment was common in revolutionary. The implication binding of two people of the same age and are usually drowning. In some cases, where the water was not available, a pair of penalty sword.
This ancient method of execution - one of the most famous is obviously due to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The victim was hung by his arms on the cross, causing it to hang until death occurs, which usually takes days until the victim did not die of thirst.
1. Copper Bull.
Brazen Bull, sometimes known as the Sicilian Bull is one of the most brutal methods of torture. Developed in ancient Greece, the method involves the creation of a hollow copper bull, with a side door that opens and fixed. To start the execution, the victim was placed in a brazen bull, and the fire was placed at the bottom. The fire is maintained until the metal was literally yellow, making the victim "fried to death." Bull has been designed so that the cries of the victims went outside to please the hangman and the many residents who came to watch. Sometimes on the penalty came to see the whole town. Predictably, the inventor of the penalty ended up being burned in the bull.