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The psychological fear these torture devices aroused was often enough to extract a confession, and victims were frequently forced to watch others subjected to the treatment and witness the pain they too could soon be facing.

Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990.

from Smithsonian

Edinburgh’s Mysterious Miniature Coffins

In 1836 a series of 17 tiny coffins, complete with tin dolls, were found in a hillside. The coffins were in various states of decay, indicating that over the years someone had been coming to the spot and adding more coffins to the stash over the years. No one knows who put them there or why.

June, 1964. Black children integrate the swimming pool of the Monson Motel. To force them out, the owner pours acid into the water. -Sometimes I am dumbfounded by evil.

The Romanov family in 1904. 14 years later they would all be brutally murdered while prisoners of the Red Army during the Russian Revolution.

Punitive spiked collar: No, I’m not talking about one of those spiked collars for Bulldogs… This torture device was a 12lb collar made of iron. It had sharp spikes all over it as you can see on pictures. It was used putting it around victim’s neck and then closing it. This device was intended as torture tool, but it also became a way of a slow, painful execution as abrasion provided by those spikes made them get into flesh and bones on neck, sleeves and jaw.

This is the Spanish Boot. My daughter had a history project to do on medieval torture devices, what these people did to each other was absolutely horrifying! I can't imagine who actually thought up these ideas, much less use them on any living being.