Top 10 Worst Torture Techniques in the History of Mankind

Torture is defined as “the act of causing severe physical pain as a form of punishment or as a way to force someone to do or say something.”

The origin of torture dates back to 530 A.D. when Roman jurists used torturous methods to obtain the truth. But what’s disturbing though is that over the years, people have come up with more methods to inflict pain and eventually death in the most horrifying ways imaginable.

The inventors of torture devices have somehow managed to be more creative in their approach. This made me wonder whether they’ve actually had a twisted sense of pleasure when they developed those horrid instruments.


This was Vlad the Impaler’s favorite method of execution. His men forced the victims to sit on very sharp and thick poles. When the poles are raised upright, the victims will slowly side down due to their own weight. It usually took the victims three days to die. Vlad watched approximately 20,000 people executed this way while enjoying his meal.

Saw Torture

The victims are hung upside down to let the blood rush through their heads and allow them to remain conscious during the torture. The executioners will then saw the victim’s body in half—usually up to the abdomen only to prolong their torment.

Spanish Donkey

The naked victim is put astride on a wooden board with a sharp V-wedge on top. Varying weights are placed on the victims feet until the wedge slices through the victim’s body.

Rat Torture

A cage is strapped against the victim’s body. The side proximal to the unfortunate victim is left open. The executioner would then put large rats and trap them inside. Then a heating element would be placed on the side or on top of the cage to provoke the rats to burrow through the victim’s body

Brazen Bull, otherwise known as Sicillian Bull

A huge, solid piece of brass molded into a bull. It has a door on the side that can be opened and latched. The executioner will light a fire underneath the bull so the unfortunate fellow who will be locked inside will gradually suffocate and burn to death. The brazen bull is also designed to amplify the chilling screams of the person inside