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Spanish Inquisition Torture Methods
Transcript of Spanish Inquisition Torture Methods
Strappado is a method of torture that was devised during the Medieval Inquisition. It involved binding the victims hands behind their back and suspending them by their wrists. Sometimes a series of drops would be added, jerking the victim up and down and forcing their arms out of their sockets. Weights could be added to the victims body to make the hanging even more excrutiating.
The rack was one of the most well known methods of torture. The victim had their hands and feet bound to rollers at opposite ends of a frame. The torturer would turn the rollers and the chains attached would dislocate the joints of the victim. If the torturer continued to turn the rollers the victim's arms and legs would be torn off.
Toca, or waterboarding, is a form of torture still used today. It involves securing the victim to an inclined board and binding them so that they cannot move. Then the victim is gagged and has a cloth placed over his or her face, and water poured over it. Toca gives the victim a feeling of drowning, even if no water enters the nose or mouth. CIA agents go through it as part of their training and on average last only 14 seconds before begging to be released.
In mancuerda the torturer grasps a tight cord that is tied around the victim and throws his weight backwards. This causes the chord to cut through the flesh and muscle and into the bone. This step would be repeated many times in several areas of the victims body.
The Head Crusher:
As the name suggests the head crusher, crushes the victim's head. The victim's chin is placed on a metal bar and a cap is placed on his or her head. The torturer turns a screw which causes the head to press down against the bar. This caused teeth to shatter, jaw bones to break, eyes to pop out, and eventually led to a slow excruciating death.
The Knee Splitter:
The knee splitter was a vice-like tool with spikes on both sides. As the torturer turns the handle, the claws slowly come together, penetrating the skin and bones of the knee. While the knee splitter did not result in death, it did render the knee completely useless. It could also be used on other body parts.
The water cure:
The water cure did not involve any menacing machinery. It was simply involved forcing the victim to imbibe up to 30 pints of water, resulting in intense pain and often, death.
The Maiden of Neremburg:
Also known as the iron maiden, this was a sarcophagus that had blades inside. The victim was locked inside the confined coffin for hours, while blades pierced the body in non-lethal areas, causing extreme pain.
The Spanish Tickler:
The Spanish Tickler is a metal claw, sometimes attached to a pole. The victim is bound, naked, by each limb so that they cannot move and the torturer uses the sharp claws of the tickler to shred flesh and break bones. Usually they started with the arms, then moved to the chest, back, neck, and face. This almost always resulted in death.
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