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The Worst Punishments in Human History

Good Enough2023-10-04
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The video explores brutal historical punishments, including the Rat Dungeon and the Rack in London Tower, keel hauling, crushing by elephants in India, public executions with elephants, the penalty of the sack, rat punishments, giting in England, the murder Act of 1752, the Persian punishment of scaffism, and confinement in pitch-black spaces. The dungeons in castles were described as small, narrow cells where prisoners faced death by starvation or dehydration, with some stories of prisoners being kept alive for years in bleak conditions.

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Medieval punishments in London Tower included the Rat Dungeon and the Rack.
00:06
Prisoners in the Rat Dungeon were shackled in complete darkness at the bottom of the tower.
Rats would swarm the dungeon, biting the helpless prisoners as water levels rose.
The Rack was a torture device used to extract confessions by slowly tightening ropes on the prisoner's limbs.
Prisoners often gave false confessions under the excruciating pain of the Rack.
Severe punishments for following religions other than the Catholic Church in 15th century England.
02:43
ASU, a 25-year-old girl, was tortured on the rack for preaching Bible scriptures to a small group of women.
'Keel hauling' involved dragging sailors around the ship, leading to drowning, broken necks, and severe injuries.
India used elephants to crush individuals as a punishment in the 19th century for crimes like tax evasion and theft.
Brutal methods of public execution in ancient India and Egypt.
05:24
Elephants were used to crush individuals in various ways for entertainment and to showcase power.
Executions involved crushing heads, bodies, limbs, and poking holes with tusks.
The fourth mogul used limb by limb crushing as a form of punishment.
In Egypt during the 17th century, criminals were sliced open and wooden stakes inserted into their bodies.
Historical punishments involving a leather bag and rats are described.
08:47
The 'penalty of the sack' involved sealing convicted murderers in a bag with animals and throwing them into the ocean or to the Coliseum for a public death.
The 'rat s' punishment from 1568 involved placing a rat in a bowl on a prisoner's body and heating it, causing the rat to panic and burrow into the person.
These punishments highlight the extreme cruelty and creativity in historical forms of punishment.
History of Brutal Punishments
11:39
The use of a 'rectoscope' under dictator Austo Pinos involving inserting a rat into a prisoner's body was a brutal method of punishment.
In England, giting was a common form of punishment for traitors, murderers, pirates, and thieves.
The murder Act of 1752 mandated public dissection or giting for convicted murderers.
Giting involved placing individuals in steel cages, hanging them in public places, and leaving their bodies to rot, causing distress to onlookers and locals.
Ancient Persian punishments included 'scaff ISM' and 'oet oet' involving extreme suffering for criminals.
13:31
'Scaff ISM' consisted of feeding large amounts of honey and milk to criminals in extreme heat, attracting insects and causing diarrhea.
The torture was repeated daily, with rodents trying to burrow into the victim, leading to prolonged suffering.
'Oet oet' involved confining prisoners in pitch-black, cramped spaces like the 'little ease' room in London Tower or underground in Warwick Castle.
These punishments caused extreme discomfort for extended periods, showcasing the brutality of ancient Persian justice.
Horrific conditions in castle dungeons.
17:20
Dungeons were small, narrow cells made of stone with metal doors, where prisoners were left to die of dehydration or starvation.
Many dungeons contained rotting corpses infested with rats that fed on human flesh.
Leap Castle in Ireland had dungeons filled with human remains, requiring cartloads to clear out.
Some prisoners were kept alive for years on minimal food and water, facing their inevitable demise and hearing voices and laughter from outside.