Top 10 Most Gruesome Executions In History

Nowadays, Crime rate have been increasing drastically around the world. Rapes, Murders and thefts are become more common news in newspaper. While reading those news, we would have thought of giving worst punishment to the people who involved in the crime. But, there were punishments given to the criminal which is beyond our imagination capability. Let’s see the top 10 Most Gruesome Executions In History. some of these worst execution methods still used. Here we go!

10Boiling until criminal dies

In childhood days, we used to hear some stories of hell where some criminals (Who have done much crime while they living on earth) put into boiling oil by the GOD. But, it’s really happened in ancient times. Could you image boiling someone alive until he/she dies? Yes, there are plenty of evidence that it was practiced throughout the human history. Recently, Archaeologists found some very old cooking pots in china where it has human bone in it. Also in England it was a legal punishment to the criminal. They immerse the victim by immersing into the boiling water, tar or into Oil. 


Crucifixion is an ancient instrument of capital punishment: the method of slow and painful execution in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden beam and left to hang for several days until eventual death from exhaustion and asphyxiation. It is principally known from antiquity, but remains in occasional use in some countries.

8Flaying or Skinning

When we go to mutton stall or chicken shop, might noticed that skinning of Goat or Hen.It also executed on human being who was involved in criminal activities. In this execution, Victims are tied to strong rope and will start removing the skin from bottom to top. Once skin been removed they’ll showcase on wall where people notice.Victim dies within hours or in a day or two because of critical loss of blood or other body fluids, hypothermia, or infections.


Disembowelment or evisceration is the removal of some or all of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract, usually through a horizontal incision made across the abdominal area. Sources say it was practiced in England, the Netherlands, and Belgium and in Japan.

6Neck Torture

Humiliating and painful, neck torture was an endurance test for the victims who wore it ..When unfortunate person wore this device they were unable to adjust into a comfortable position .sometimes they were openly paraded in public to install further shame. The cruelty of neck torture lies almost entirely within its side effects .Being unable to lie down, lean back, or lower the head without pain made eating and sleeping. This device was used on African slaves in America during 1800’s.


Impalement, as a method of execution, is the penetration of a human by an object such as a stake, pole, spear, or hook, often by complete or partial perforation of the torso.


Elephants are the giant creature which can be trained easily by Human. We see some elephants in temple used to give blessings .But, the same elephant was used to crush the human body in south Asia over 4,000 years. Victims are asked to keep their head in stone  though elephant can crush the head in a seconds.

3Brazen Bull or bronze bull

The brazen bull, bronze bull, or Sicilian bull, was a torture and execution device designed in ancient Greece.According to Diodorus Siculus, recounting the story in Bibliotheca historica, Perillos of Athens invented and proposed it to Phalaris, the tyrant of Akragas, Sicily, as a new means of executing criminals.The bull was made entirely of bronze, hollow, with a door in one side.The bull was in the form and size of an actual bull and had an acoustic apparatus that converted screams into the sound of a bull. The condemned were locked in the device, and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until the person inside roasted to death.

2Death by Sawing

The term "death by sawing" indicates the act of sawing a living person in half, either sagitally (usually midsagitally), or transversely. Thus, decapitation by sawing or dismemberment by sawing are tangential sub-themes, though some ambiguous cases might be included. Death by sawing was a method of execution reportedly used in different parts of the world. Some of the reviewed examples are clearly legendary, and at least one source states that the method was probably never used.

1Slow Slicing

It also known as death by thousand cuts. This execution method have been followed in China 10th century until 1905.Here, executioners task is to cut victims body’s part as many as possible without killing the victim. What makes slow slicing particularly horrific is that it continued into the 20th century and the era of photography. Whilst arguably no more (or less) barbaric than European execution methods such as being hung, drawn and quartered, these were all outlawed by the mid 1800s. The fact photographs of slow slicing exist have further compounded the sheer horror and brutality of this form of torture and mutilation.

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