Amazing what we can do to ourselves!
This device stifles the screams so as not to disturb the conversation of torturers. The iron "box" on the inside of the ring is forced into the victim's mouth and the collar fastened behind their neck. A small hole allows the passage of air but this can be stopped up by a touch of the executioner's fingertip, producing suffocation.
The Roman Catholic Inquisitions
Iron Chair: To avoid movement, the victim's wrists were tied to the chair or, in one version, two bars pushed the arms against arm-rests for the spikes to penetrate the flesh even further. In some versions, there were holes under the chair's bottom where the torturer placed coal to cause severe burns while the victim still remained conscious. In other versions there were weights that would be placed on the victims thighs or feet. - Wikipedia
Iron Maiden, a torture device discovered in Uday Hussein's palace, outside the Iraqi Chief of Police's office in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 24, 2003. Policeman insist on displaying the device to serve as a reminder of the old regime's brutality. When the device was still in use, Uday Hussein would lock his captives for days inside of it, where victims would encounter metal spikes that prevented them from moving, collapsing, or sleeping. The Iron Maiden was found in Uday Hussein's palace in Baghdad.
Spanish Donkey - The naked victim was placed astride the main board as if riding a donkey, and various numbers of weights were attached to his or her feet. The agony could be ‘fine-tuned’ by using lighter or heavier weights. Sources relate that on occasion, the wedge would slice entirely through the victim as a result of the immense weight attached to his or her feet.
Medieval Torture Device. Witch's Spider by rabidscottsman, via Flickr. Also known as a Spanish Spider. An instrument of the torture dungeon used to inflict pain and punishment. It is forced down on soft fleshy parts of the body. Then when pulled up the points close, tearing out a chunk of flesh.
Rat Exposure. Originally, the victim had a fine cut made in the gut - leaving some of his intestines to be seen. During the early Middle Ages, it was common to simply leave him to catch an infection, causing death in a couple of days to weeks. Nevertheless, during the later Medieval Times, torturers began using small animals to cause the victim's death faster and more painful.
The "Seville Tongue Trimmer" was a torture device used during the Spanish Inquisition. Rather than cut out the entire tongue of the alleged blasphemer, it just "took a little off the edges." It was thought to be quite humane by the standards of the day, and so was quickly abandoned and thrown onto the scrap heap of history.
"As seen here, this variation of Chinese water torture known as the “shower bath” was popular until about 1860. A steady drip of water from the vat onto the tightly bound inmate’s head could last hours or as long as the guards deemed necessary."
Head Crusher: The victims head was placed into the device, with the cap fitting over the top of the skull and the chin resting on the bottom bar. Death by head crusher usually went something like this: the teeth imploded into their sockets and smashed the surrounding jaw bones. Then the eyes squirted from their sockets and finally, brain matter squirted from the ears. Unbelievably, many nations still use a version of the head crusher to this very day as an interrogation tool.
Genocide of Christian Cathars by the Catholic church: The conscious victim was tied to a table, where an incision was made to his abdomen wide enough for the torturer’s hand to fit inside. His small intestine was then separated from the bottom of the stomach with a hook and attached to a crank. Slowly, the crank would turn, pulling out the intestine from the gut inch by inch.