Today we have more brutality from the past
and are talking about punishments again. The reason we can keep coming back to this
gory topic is the fact the human race has been incredibly barbaric, while some may argue
that we are still quite barbaric at times. Even so, there can be no debate that over
the years we have become somewhat more civilized on the whole. We no longer eviscerate wrongdoers in front
of public crowds; we don’t generally flay the skin of our enemies and nor do we allow
bamboo to grow inside of military men that we have captured. No doubt in 200 years’ time people will
be talking about how barbaric we were in the early 2000s, just as we will now grimace at
what our ancestors did. 10. Solitary Confinement
You might be surprised that this is on the list, seeing as putting a prisoner in solitary
still goes on today all over the world. That might be because he is a danger to himself,
a danger to others, has broken the rules in other ways or is on the hit list of other
prisoners. While being alone in a cell all day, or for
most of the day, can produce a number of psychological maladies, we can imagine that in most countries
today human rights agreements preclude a nastier kind of solitary confinement that we found
in the past. In the USA in the 1800s solitary confinement
was practiced, but there wasn’t usually such a thing as yard time or meetings with
trained therapists. Often inmates were given a bible, locked in
a room with not much light, and given time to repent. But it wasn’t very successful, with a U.S.
Supreme Court Justice pointing out in 1890, “A considerable number of the prisoners
fell, after even a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was
next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane.” Some others, he said, just took their own
lives. But you only need to look at the dungeons
of Europe to know that solitary was much worse in Medieval times. Some of these cells let no light in, while
they were sometimes too small to really move around in. Prisoners might often be tortured on top of
having to spend time repenting in their stone cell. You might still think this is not as cruel
as some of the punishments we have talked about in other shows, but imagine being a
cold, dark dungeon and dying slowly, losing your mind, perhaps trying to recover from
having your hands crushed and without an appointment to see a doctor so you can get some pain relief. If the outcome was usually death, you might
ask yourself if you’d rather face the chopping block and get it over and done with or do
some old school time in solitary. 9. Immurement
But occasionally people did get out of the dungeon and life would go on. That’s why most of you might have answered
the question we just asked with, “I’ll take the dungeon time, thanks.” What we doubt you would want though is immurement. This can take many forms, but it basically
means being locked up until you die. It could mean having four walls built around
you, so you are in solitary but left there with no door. You might have an air-hole, so it’s just
a matter of days until you die. We are told in ancient Rome this might happen
to Vestal Virgins who didn’t remain chaste, but it was reportedly quite common in parts
of Persia. This is what was one visitor wrote after his
trip to Persia just over a century ago and what he saw of an immurement chamber:
“Another sad sight to be seen in the desert sometimes, are brick pillars in which some
unfortunate victim is walled up alive…The victim is put into the pillar, which is half
built up in readiness; then if the executioner is merciful he will cement quickly up to the
face, and death comes speedily. But sometimes a small amount of air is allowed
to permeate through the bricks, and in this case the torture is cruel and the agony prolonged.” Sometimes immurement might mean being buried
alive, or walled in, but in some cases there was a door but it was just locked. In the 12th century for instance in England
the King might sentence you to starvation, so you were put into solitary but not fed. We might now ask you if you’d prefer an
agonizing quick death such as being burned, or crushed, or would you rather slowly starve
to death or asphyxiated in a tomb? 8. White Torture
White Torture has notably been used in Iran in recent times as a punishment for political
prisoners, but this extreme kind of psychological torture has been used elsewhere. As you can probably guess, prisoners are isolated
in white cells. They wear white, they hear nothing, and in
some cases it’s said they even only eat white rice. It can also mean another kind of sensory deprivation,
and here’s how the organization of European Democratic Lawyers described it when they
accused the USA of it, “In Guantánamo prisoners are held under sensory deprivation, ears and
eyes covered, hands and feet tied, hands in thick gloves, held in cages without any privacy,
always observed, day and night: This is called white torture.” A prisoner in Iran called Amir Fakhravar said
White Torture was far worse than any physical torture he suffered, even when they broke
his bones. This is what he told the media after his release. “We didn’t see any color, all of the cell
was white, the floor was white, our clothes were white and also the light, 24 hours, was
white. Our food, also, was white rice. We couldn’t see any color and we couldn’t
hear any voices.” 7. Tarring and Feathering
Now back to pain, but with some added humiliation. You can find this kind of punishment in medieval
Europe but it became quite popular during the American Revolution. It usually consisted of a person being stripped
and having hot tar poured over his skin. After that, feathers were dropped on the person
so for all intents and purposes he became a human bird. The pain part was the hot tar and the humiliation
the feathers. Many years later the Provisional Irish Republican
Army might tar and feather women who were accused of having relationships with enemies. The Belfast Telegraph wrote in 2007, “These
terrified women had their heads shaved before being dragged to a lamppost. Once tied up, they had hot tar poured over
their heads. This was followed by feathers being dumped
over them which would stick to the tar for days, acting as a reminder of their so-called
crimes against their community.” 6. Trial by water
This is not only inhumane, but might go down as the most backwards kind of justice the
world has ever seen. It was seen in parts of Europe as late as
the 17th century, and what happened was when a woman was accused of witchcraft she was
given the “swimming test.” We might take the case of a woman called Mary
Sutton. In a surviving publication from 1613 it’s
said was accused of making another woman fall into a coma. The owner of the land where she worked then
threw stones at her, but later he died of an illness. It was thought because of this she had been
dealing with the devil, and she was later given the witch test. She was then tied with rope and dunked into
the river to see if she floated. If she did, she must be a witch, but if she
died she didn’t have the help of evil. But the practice took many forms, and sometimes
women were just thrown into water and it was said God would decide her fate. 5. Losing your ears or nose
So this kind of punishment was what you might call the most severe kind of justice for smaller
crimes, a punishment for something that these days might get you some community service
or perhaps a fine or nothing at all bar some criticism. For instance, a minister in the USA when the
country was still new said people had their ears sliced off for “heresy, and other wickedness.” We might wonder what wickedness he was talking
about. In parts of Europe you might lose your nose
for something called “pandering” which was basically Middle Ages pimping. In fact, taking a nose or the ears happened
a lot for many crimes in the past because it was a way to let others know you had transgressed. You would walk for the rest of your life with
a mark of shame. 4. The Pear of Anguish
This punishment would also not cause immediate death, but it would result in severe pain
and often a slower death from injury. Now, we must tell you that while these instruments
existed (there are some in museums) how they were used is rather speculative. Some reports say the device, which was something
pear-shaped, was used to punish those who had spoken out of turn. It could be put into the mouth of the accused
and then with a key parts of the metal pear would move outwards and force the mouth to
be opened wide. Other reports say it was inserted into the
backside of men who had relationships with other men, or put into the front side of a
woman who had been accused of trying to miscarry a child. 3. Hamstringing
This was basically a way of crippling a person, or making them “lame” as might have been
said in the past. What would happen is the person, often a prisoner,
would have all the tendons cut in the hamstring muscles and this would effectively prevent
them from ever walking again. You can find at least one example of this
punishment in the book, “The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus.” 2. Foot roasting
As you all know, the soles of the feet are very sensitive, and for that reason they have
been the victims of torture throughout the ages. There is evidence of foot roasting in ancient
Roman times and also evidence it happened during the Spanish Inquisition. This might also cripple a person to some extent,
such as likely did in one case described in the book, “Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The
Knights Templars in the Crusades.” A person belonging to the Knights Templar
was accused of heresy and had his feet roasted. That roasting was extreme and it is said the
bones of his feet charred and crumbled apart. 1. Screws
We have talked quite a lot about contraptions of torture in other shows, and many of them
have contained screws. But the simplest kind were sometimes just
called the thumb screw, foot screw, or leg screw. You can find evidence of the worst, the head
screw, but there is also some of evidence of the genital screw. We are just talking about vises, bigger for
the head, smaller for the thumb. As for the leg or feet, they are sometimes
called boots. Except these boots could be made much smaller
once a person was wearing one. When they were tightened there was a possibility,
depending on the offense and what was said during the interrogation, of whatever was
inside being crushed into small pieces. In one book discussing these devices used
in Scotland the leg screw was said to cause, “The most severe and cruel pain in the world.” Even having your toes or thumbs screwed would
no doubt cause extreme pain. But unlike some other tortures we have talked
about, the use of such screws was quite common and it seems not always employed for major
crimes. You made it all the way until the end! So check out our whole playlist of Worst Punishments
in the history of mankind! There are at least 30 other punishments in
there! Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Beware of changed wifi passwords, friends who leave you hanging on read/seen, and moms blaming your PC for the bad grades! 😂
    And don't forget to watch Worst Punishments In The History Of Mankind part 1, 2 and 3! 😉

  2. Isle of solitary confinement I like sensory deprivation I enjoy my own company much better than hang around other word has people out here I rather be by myself in a quiet room so I can hear myself think I'm my best company

  3. Pan streaming needs to come back for anyone who's does anything harmful to anyone elderly or in a nursing home or in the disabled position need a hamstring all those people who hurt injury in elderly people and children bring hamstring and back

  4. people got hung, drawn and quartered throughout history…

    while my punishment is sitting in the time-out corner.

  5. I have been tortured by having no WiFi for a week I almost died but I found a thing called bored games

  6. The guy who talked about the white torture sounds like “Ameer F***Ravar”. I think the worst punishment would be to share a cell with someone with the plague and making sure that the person with the plague has thrown up on the bed, leaving you to die of starvation and illness…to harsh? Not harsh in My capital city , Edinburgh. I live in Scotland and look up medieval Edinburgh

  7. I'll never understand how torture was accepted as a method of trial.

    If you confess, guilty or not, you recieve a cruel punishment, anywhere from being crippled for life to being killed.

    If you held fast that you are innocent you likelly still get tortured until you are crippled for life or killed, since they have no intention of stopping until they get a confession.

    It wasn't justice, but a way for "nobles" and other higher-ups to scare the workers into submission, or if they just simply wanted you dead.

  8. The worst punishment i've ever heard of is rather a criminal torture execution technique involving hot dry air and sand over a long period of time causing cell death through slowly drying out the human subject.

  9. What about that guy they found 3 days ago whose flesh on his face the cartels stripped down to the bone while he was still alive and breathing? Funny that Democrats let these guys now control the border.

  10. The thing he said about us thinking we where harsh on people in the 2000s it true becase there are already some people making prisons like home

  11. Claims that we aren't brutal like we used to be. – Isn't taking Brazil and Mexico into account I assume.

  12. Something about this, and various other ghastly authority mandated that I've always wondered: once pain/fear of a certain level is achieved, epinephrine starts coursing through the body. This increases sensory intake, speed, immunity to pain, and extreme amounts of strength.. For example, there's a documented case of an old woman physically lifting and moving a car from on top of her grandchild, and another where a WWII combat veteran killed a full batallion of Japanese soldiers by himself. These are just the documentated cases, but they demonstrate the possibilities. Well.. wood and iron probably doesn't have the same weight as a modern vehicle, and I somehow doubt a group of bored palace guardsmen would fare too well either, considering the Japanese have never exactly been pushovers.. so I must wonder.. where are the cases of the failures of these and other methods?

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