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Pictures That Made Me Squirm

WARNING: If you are someone who is generally squeamish when it comes to gruesome images and content, then I suggest you stop scrolling down. These images will definitely give you the chills, and if you are someone who is not particularly fond of gory details, then I suggest you abort this article right now. These pictures are from some of the most gruesome and brutal methods of execution that were used in ancient times, and they are truly horrific. From public crucifixions to beheading with a sword, these images will make your skin crawl. So, if you think that graphic content is not your thing, then I suggest you step away from this story right now!

Ancient Gruesome Methods of Execution:


All photos are from Author‘s Gallery

One of the most heinous is sawing someone in half, and it was employed as a form of punishment for a wide range of crimes. The criminal would be hung upside down, and a big saw would be used to cut their body in half from the groin to the skull. Because the victim was hanging, they would be in excruciating pain and anguish, with their blood spurting all over the place. This type of execution was frequently employed to punish offenders who were deemed especially dangerous or violent.


Flaying is an ancient and cruel technique of execution that includes removing the criminal’s skin with an extremely sharp knife. Although every effort is taken to preserve the skin intact, it will almost always rupture and bleed excessively. The victim will then be publicly displayed so that everyone may see how they were punished. Persia, Greece, and Rome were among the ancient civilizations that practiced this heinous method of punishment. It was mostly used to punish people who were deemed beyond redemption, such as murderers, rapists, and those who had perpetrated horrible crimes against society.


Scaphism, or the ancient Persian method of execution, is a gruesome practice that involved forcing the condemned person to consume milk and honey to the point of developing severe diarrhea, and more honey would be rubbed on his body so as to aggravate the situation. The person would then be left to die a slow and agonizing death from the effects of this barbaric torture. This method of execution was typically used for political prisoners or those who had committed heinous crimes against the state. Fortunately, this barbaric practice has been discontinued in most countries, and scaphism is now only practiced in some isolated areas around the world.


The practice of capital punishment via the use of trained animals to kill instantly and torture victims to draw out the death died out in the early 19th century, according to The Telegraph. The animals were trained to both kill instantly and torture victims to draw out the death. The practice was most commonly used in South and Southeast Asia, with elephants being the primary choice for execution. The elephants were made to stand in place and crush people beneath their weight, or to rip them apart with their teeth. The practice was outlawed in many parts of the world in the late 19th century, but it has made a comeback in recent years in some countries, such as Thailand.


The breaking wheel was also known as the Catherine wheel and it was a medieval execution device. The criminal would be attached to a cart wheel and his arms and legs stretched out along the spokes. The wheel would then be turned, breaking the bones in the criminal’s body. The victim often bled to death from multiple fractures. This gruesome method of execution was widely used in Europe during the Middle Ages.

After the shattering was complete, the limbs of the person would be woven between the spokes and the wheel would be hoisted to the top of a pole for birds to eat the, sometimes still living, body.

In France, a special grace was sometimes offered in which the criminal would be strangled to death before the blows were delivered, or after only two or three.


Ling chi — execution by slow cutting — was practiced in China until it was outlawed in 1905. In the execution, the criminal is slowly cut in the arms, legs, and chest, until fi nally they are beheaded or strangled. Ling chi executions are infamous for their gory details: Victims can scream for hours as their flesh is cut open and organs ripped out. This gruesome method of execution is infamous for being particularly cruel and torturous. It was outlawed in China in 1905 due to its brutality and high rate of wrongful convictions. However, it is still used in some parts of the world, such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Indonesia.

One modern eyewitness report from journalist and politician Henry Norman describes an execution thus: “The criminal is fastened to a rough cross, and the executioner, armed with a sharp knife, begins by grasping handfuls from the fleshy parts of the body, such as the thighs and the breasts, and slicing them off. After this he removes the joints and the excrescences of the body one by one — the nose and ears, fingers, and toes. Then the limbs are cut off piecemeal at the wrists and the ankles, the elbows and knees, the shoulders and hips. Finally, the victim is stabbed to the heart and his head cut off.”

Not everyone was subject to die in such a cruel and unusual way, as lingchi was reserved for only the worst crimes, such as treason, mass murder, patricide, and matricide.

Families who could afford to would often pay to have their condemned relatives killed right away, assuring that the first cut would be the last one, and sparing them from hours of brutal torture


Hanging, drawing, and quartering was the common form of punishment in England for the crime of treason considered the worst crime you could commit.

The first stage of the execution was to be tied to a wooden frame and dragged behind a horse to the place of your death.

Following that, the criminal would be hanged until they were nearly dead.

The criminal would then be removed from the noose and laid on a table. The executioner would then disembowel and emasculate the victim, and burn the entrails in front of his eyes. He would still be alive at this point.

The person would then be beheaded and their body cut in to quarters!

The punishment was only applied to men; women found guilty of treason were burnt at the stake. Unbelievably, this punishment remained in law until 1814.


It was normally done in one of two ways. In the first, the victim would be led to the center of a wall of sticks and straw and tied to the stake, after which the space between the criminal and the wall would be filled with wood, concealing the person.


The Brazen Bull was invented by Perilaus of Athens (a Brass worker) in the sixth century BC and offered to Phalaris , Tyrant of Agrigentum, as a gift. It was a large brass bull that was completely hollow inside with a door on the side large enough for a man to enter. Once the man was inside the bull, a fire would be lit beneath it in order to roast him to death. In the head of the bull, Perilaus put a series of tubes and stops that were designed to amplify the screams of the victim and make them sound like the roar of a bull.

It was a torture and execution device used by the Ancient Greeks and later the Romans which was used all the way up to year 500 AD. The device worked by trapping a victim in the internal belly of a bronze Bull. A fire was then lit underneath the Bull which literally roasted the person inside!

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Bella Smith

Bella Smith


Bella Smith is a Psychology & Human Behaviour enthusiast. She is a freelance writer and has had her written pieces published on a few Wikis and popular sites.