Humanity can be unimaginably cruel.

Mithridates
Mithridates

[The king] decreed that Mithridates should be put to death in boats; which execution is after the following manner: Taking two boats framed exactly to fit and answer each other, they lay down in one of them the malefactor that suffers, upon his back; then, covering it with the other, and so setting them together that the head, hands, and feet of him are left outside, and the rest of his body lies shut up within, they offer him food, and if he refuse to eat it, they force him to do it by pricking his eyes; then, after he has eaten, they drench him with a mixture of milk and honey, pouring it not only into his mouth, but all over his face. They then keep his face continually turned towards the sun; and it becomes completely covered up and hidden by the multitude of flies that settle on it. And as within the boats he does what those that eat and drink must needs do, creeping things and vermin spring out of the corruption and rottenness of the excrement, and these entering into the bowels of him, his body is consumed. When the man is manifestly dead, the uppermost boat being taken off, they find his flesh devoured, and swarms of such noisome creatures preying upon and, as it were, growing to his inwards. In this way Mithridates, after suffering for seventeen days, at last expired. (Source)

David Allen Kirwan
David Allen Kirwan

On 20 July 1981, 24-year-old David Allen Kirwan from La Canada, California, was driving through Yellowstone's Fountain Paint Pot thermal area with his friend Ronald Ratliff and Ratliff's dog Moosie. At about 1:00 P.M. they parked their truck to get out and take a closer look at the hot springs; Moosie escaped from the truck, ran towards nearby Celestine Pool (a thermal spring whose water temperature has been measured at over 200°), jumped in, and began yelping. Kirwan and Ratliff rushed over to the pool to aid the terrified dog, and Kirwan's attitude indicated he was about to go into the spring after it. According to bystanders, several people tried to warn Kirwan off by yelling at him not to jump in, but he shouted 'Like hell I won't!' back at them, took two steps into the pool, and then dove head-first into the boiling spring. Kirwan swam out to the dog and attempted to take it to shore; he then disappeared underwater, let go of the dog, and tried to climb out of the pool. Ratliff helped pull Kirwan out of the hot spring (resulting in second-degree burns to his own feet), and another visitor led Kirwan to the sidewalk as he reportedly muttered, 'That was stupid. How bad am I? That was a stupid thing I did.' Kirwan was indeed in very bad shape. He was blind, and when another park visitor tried to remove one of his shoes, his skin (which was already peeling everywhere) came off with it. He sustained third-degree burns to 100% of his body, including his head, and died the following morning at a Salt Lake City hospital. (Moosie did not survive, either.) Perhaps David Allen Kirwan didn't realize just how hot the thermal springs really are, perhaps he didn't consider the deadly effect submersion in water of such temperatures would have on him, or perhaps blind emotion drove him to act without taking even the briefest moment to consider his own safety. Foolish, brave, rash, or otherwise, can any of us imagine a circumstance, no matter how dire, under which would willingly dive head-first into a pool of boiling water?" (Source)

Sean Doyle
Sean Doyle

"Around Christmas 2002, bartender Doyle went out drinking with pal Michael Wright and Wright's girlfriend. As they all walked home, Wright thought Doyle was hitting on his girlfriend, and witnesses later told cops they saw a man getting 'the sh*t beat out of him.' He was heard screaming, 'No, don't break my legs!' and another witness said he saw someone throw Doyle down an open manhole. The drop was 18 feet. At the bottom was a pool of boiling ­water, from a broken main. Doyle didn't die instantly --- in fact, as first responders arrived, he was standing below, reaching up and screaming for help. No paramedic or firefighter could climb down to help --- it was, a Con Ed supervisor said, 300 degrees in the steam tunnel. Four hours later, Sean Doyle's body was finally recovered. Its temperature was 125 degrees --- the medical examiners thought it was likely way higher, but thermometers don't read any higher than that. When Melinek saw the body on her autopsy table, she writes, she thought he'd 'been steamed like a lobster.' His entire outer layer of skin had peeled off, and his internal organs were literally cooked. He otherwise had no broken bones and no head trauma, which meant he was fully conscious as he boiled to death." (Source)

Marco Antonio Bragadin, Italian commander of the city of Famagusta on Cyprus.
Marco Antonio Bragadin, Italian commander of the city of Famagusta on Cyprus.

"Famagusta's defenders made terms with the Ottomans before the city was taken by force, since the traditional laws of war allowed for negotiation before the city's defenses were successfully breached, whereas after a city fell by storm all lives and property in the city would be forfeit. The Ottoman commander generously agreed that, in return for the city's surrender, all Westerners in the city could exit under their own flag and be guaranteed safe passage to Crete; Greeks could leave immediately, or wait two years to decide whether to remain in Famagusta under Ottoman rule, or depart the city for any destination of their choice. For the next four days, evacuation proceeded smoothly. Then, at the surrender ceremony on August 5 where Bragadin offered the vacated city to Mustafa, the Ottoman general, after initially receiving him with every courtesy, began behaving erratically, accusing him of murdering Turkish prisoners and hiding munitions. Suddenly, Mustafa pulled a knife and cut off Bragadin's right ear, then ordered his guards to cut off the other ear and his nose. There followed a massacre of all Christians still in the city, with Bragadin himself most brutally abused. After being left in prison for two weeks, his earlier wounds festering, he was "dragged round the walls with sacks of earth and stone on his back; next, tied to a chair, he was hoisted to the yardarm of the Turkish flagship and exposed to the taunts of the sailors. Finally he was taken to the place of execution in the main square, tied naked to a column, and flayed alive." Bragadin's quartered body was then distributed as a war trophy among the army, and his skin was stuffed with straw and sewn, reinvested with his military insignia, and exhibited riding an ox in a mocking procession along the streets of Famagusta. The macabre trophy, together with the severed heads of general Alvise Martinengo, Gianantonio Querini and castellan Andrea Bragadin, was hoisted upon the masthead pennant of the personal galley of the Ottoman commander, Amir al-bahr Mustafa Pasha, to be brought to Constantinople as a gift for Sultan Selim II. Bragadin's skin was later purloined from the Constantinople's arsenal in 1580 by the young Venetian seaman, Girolamo Polidori, who was there on business. He brought it back to Venice, where it was received as a returning hero. The skin was preserved first in the church of San Gregorio, then interred with full honors in the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where it still is." (Source)

Seattle Carnie
Seattle Carnie

"I was in Seattle when this carnie at a fair got killed. He made it to the wiki list of horrible deaths once. He was servicing the roller coaster while it was active and full of passengers. As the coaster was going through the loop he was standing on the outside looking at the mechanisms, the wind from the ride whipped his hair into the air, wrapped around the wheel and took him off his feet. As he was drug into the air by the speeding coaster his throat was gutted on the track hardware, but just as the coaster reached the apex of the loop the inertia created was enough to tear his scalp off freeing him from the coaster. Throat cut and head scalped, the carnie flew through the air and arterial sprayed a classroom full of little children on a field trip, waiting in line for another ride before coming to rest perpendicularly on a section of steel railing which folded him in half like a beach towel, finally killing him, right in front of all the children." (Source)

William Wallace
William Wallace

"Following the trial, on 23 August 1305, Wallace was taken from the hall to the Tower of London, then stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to the Elms at Smithfield. He was hanged, drawn and quartered --- strangled by hanging, but released while he was still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts. His preserved head (dipped in tar) was placed on a pike atop London Bridge. It was later joined by the heads of the brothers, John and Simon Fraser. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Stirling, and Perth." (Source)

Perillos
Perillos

The inventor of the Brazen Bull. Phalaris of Athens was both impressed and disgusted by the invention and invited its creator to climb inside to demonstrate its voice distortion properties. The door was locked shut behind him and he became the contraption's first victim. The Brazen Bull, true to its name, was a hollow bronze statue of a bull. The victim would be locked inside and a fire lit beneath it. The skin would burn on contact with the hot metal and they would slowly be cooked inside. Inside the bull, a series of pipes distorted the screams of the victim into the sound of a mooing bull, dehumanizing the victim and exemplifying their cruel death. (Source)

Robert-François Damiens
Robert-François Damiens

"Fetched from his prison cell on the morning of 28 March 1757, Damiens allegedly said "La journée sera rude" ("The day will be hard"). He was tortured first with red-hot pincers; the hand with which he had held the knife during the attempted assassination was burned using sulphur; molten wax, molten lead, and boiling oil were poured into his wounds. He was then remanded to the royal executioner, Charles Henri Sanson, who harnessed horses to his arms and legs to be dismembered. But Damiens' limbs did not separate easily: the officiants ordered Sanson to cut Damiens' joints with an axe. Once Damiens was dismembered, to the applause of the crowd, his reportedly still-living torso was burnt at the stake." (Source)

Shanda Sharer
Shanda Sharer

"So 4 teenage girls captured a 12 year old girl, tricked the girl into thinking her girlfriend would meet her at a well known teenage hang out area and then bound her up, scared her and did a lot more. The watch Shanda was wearing was a Disney watch that played music and while tied up and gagged, one of the girls turned on the music and danced to it. One of the girls mocked her crying while they were driving. Two girls, Melinda Loveless and Laurie Tackett made Shanda strip naked and then Melinda beat her up with her fists, then slamming Shanda's head into her knee. Then, after attempting to slash her throat (the knife was too dull), they stabbed her and strangled her until she was unconscious. After going to Laurie's home to clean up, they realized Shanda was screaming in the truck and so Laurie went out and stabbed Shanda several more times. While country driving again later, Shanda started crying and making gurgling noises and when she sat up after they opened the truck, Laurie beat her with a tire iron until she was silent. Then later, while STILL ALIVE after all that, they poured gasoline on her and lit her on fire. Later they went to McDonalds for breakfast and they joked that Shanda's burnt corpse looked like the sausages they were eating. What the fuck. They later told Shanda's girlfriend (Melinda's ex) about what they did and showed her the bloody handprints of Shanda in the trunk of Laurie's car. Also noted: Shanda's mother was interviewed about it and said her husband tried in many ways to kill himself over this because he was so destroyed about the fact his daughter was murdered. In 2011 on Dr Phil, Shanda's Mom and sister got to confront one of the 4 girls involved, Hope Rippey. Jesus Christ!" (Source)

An Anonymous Prince In Mosul
An Anonymous Prince In Mosul

"An anonymous prince, or malik, in Mosul that was killed by Hulagu Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan's...Mongols had no real talent for building, anyway. Plague and famine and disintegration followed the Mongol incursion. Places they conquered sometimes had to be re-subdued. The city of Mosul, which had submitted almost eagerly to Mongol rule at first, changed its attitude afterward, when a new malik, or prince, came to power there. Under his leadership the inhabitants of Mosul---Kurds, Arabs, and some tribal people---rebelled and forted themselves up behind the city walls, and the Mongols put them under siege. During one attack, a number of Mongol soldiers climbed over Mosul's walls, only to be surrounded and killed to a man. The defenders then cut off the Mongols' heads, put the heads in a catapult, and fired them back at the Mongols outside. This effrontery brought out Hulagu's sternest side. After his forces finally took the city, he ordered the malik to be brought to him. Then he had the malik fastened tightly inside a fresh sheepskin and left in the sun, where vermin ate him alive for a month until he died." (Source)

Tycho Brahe
Tycho Brahe

Definitely the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. He died after failing to relieve himself at a party for over 12 hours (considered bad manners) and only afterwards realized he couldn't relieve his bladder. He died a few days later when his urine-laden bladder exploded, killing him instantly. (Source)

The Leaders Of The Munster Rebellion
The Leaders Of The Munster Rebellion

As a student of history I have never heard of one quite as awful as this one. The leaders of the Munster rebellion in 1536 were sentenced to execution by being torn apart by red hot tongs for 60 minutes. They were tied to a stake and then literally had the flesh torn off their arms, legs, chest until eventually it got down to their tendons, muscles and intestines. They were not allowed to faint or be unconscious for any of this. Any time that they passed out was subtracted from their 60 minutes ... and then they would be revived so it could continue. The last person being executed after watching the other 2 guys endure this, tried to commit suicide while tied to the post watching and waiting. When it was all over their remains were thrown in cages especially built for them and raised up over the church for the entire town to see. The cages remain in place until this day and anyone visiting Germany can see them. I still have nightmares from knowing this occurred. (Source)

Jerome Moody
Jerome Moody

"This is certainly not anywhere as horrific as any of the others, but I'm going to say the death of Jerome Moody. All the other deaths posted so far have fallen into two categories: methods designed to be horrific which resulted in a person or people dying (which, though they are brutal, just show the inventiveness of man's inhumanity to man) and horrifying deaths caused by nature being a cruel master (boiled in a hot spring, eaten by a giant squid, nothing but a shark he says, etc.). But Moody's death was the worst because of all the ways it was preventable. You drown (which is bad enough), but you do so at a lifeguard's party. You're surrounded by people that have been trained, and get paid, to make sure that doesn't happen. There were so many opportunities for just one person to see you and have their training kick in, and yet nobody did. And the whole reason for the party was celebrating their first drowning-free swimming season in memory, so these lifeguards are literally the best ones New Orleans can remember. That's why I say it's the worst. It's the most senseless death, the most preventable death, I can think of. One where you'd have to be the unluckiest person on the planet on that day for it to happen. That's why I call it the worst." (Source)

The Ant Walking Alligator People
The Ant Walking Alligator People

"The "ant walking alligator people" who survived the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki but had their faces melted off into a black leathery mask. They couldn't see, had no idea what had happened to the world/them, and just stumbled around in horror. Other people were apparently too afraid of them to interact with them/tell them what happened/put them out of their misery. There are reports of these people walking around clutching dead babies. I just can't even imagine. You're a 25-year-old Japanese woman holding your baby, out for a morning stroll... then suddenly your face is melted, you're in agony, you have no idea what happened, people are screaming all around you and you're just stumbling around in pain, helpless, no idea what happened or why..." "They had once been human. When the sky exploded, they'd had the misfortune to survive. Faces turned to the blast, the skin had been seared from their skulls; leaving only a black, leathery substance without eyes or features. All that remained was a red hole where their mouths had once been. They staggered about the outskirts of Hiroshima, avoided by other survivors -- but the real horror was the sound they made." (Source)

Balthasar Gerard
Balthasar Gerard

"Balthasar Gerard is the assassin who shot and killed the Dutch proverbial 'father of the fatherland' William the Silent. At his trial, Gérard was sentenced to be brutally -- even by the standards of that time -- killed. The magistrates decreed that the right hand of Gérard should be burned off with a red-hot iron, that his flesh should be torn from his bones with pincers in six different places, that he should be quartered and disemboweled alive, his heart torn from his bosom and flung in his face, and that, finally, his head should be taken off. Gérard's torture was also very brutal. On the first night of his imprisonment Gérard was hung on a pole and lashed with a whip. After that his wounds were smeared with honey and a goat was brought to lick the honey off his skin with his rough tongue. The goat however refused to touch the body of the sentenced. After this and other tortures he was left to pass the night with his hands and feet bound together, like a ball, so sleep would be difficult. During the following three days, he was repeatedly mocked and hung on a pole with his hands tied behind his back. Then a weight of 300 metric pounds (150 kg) was attached to each of his big toes for half an hour. After this half hour Gérard was fitted with shoes made of well-oiled, uncured dog skin; the shoes were two fingers shorter than his feet. In this state he was put before a fire. When the shoes warmed up, they contracted, crushing the feet inside them to stumps. When the shoes were removed, his half-broiled skin was torn off. After his feet were damaged, his armpits were branded. After that he was dressed in a shirt soaked in alcohol. Then burning bacon fat was poured over him and sharp nails were stuck between the flesh and the nails of his hands and feet." (Source)

György Dózsa
György Dózsa

György Dózsa was condemned to sit on a heated smoldering iron throne with a heated iron crown on his head and a heated scepter in his hand (mocking at his ambition to be king). While he was suffering in this way, a procession of nine fellow rebels, who had been starved beforehand, were led to this throne. In the lead was Dózsa's younger brother, Gergely, who was cut in three despite Dózsa asking for Gergely to be spared. Next, executioners removed hot pliers from fire and forced them into Dózsa's skin. After pulling flesh from him, the remaining rebels were ordered to bite where the hot iron had been inserted and to swallow the flesh. Those who refused, about three or four, were simply cut up which prompted the remaining rebels to do as commanded. In the end, Dózsa died on the throne of iron from the damage that was inflicted while the rebels who obeyed were let go without further harm. (Source)

Truls Hellevik
Truls Hellevik

Truls Hellevik, a diver undergoing decompression aboard the oil rig Byford Dolphin was accidentally exposed to an eight-Atmosphere change in air pressure, leading to instantaneous massive-expansion of his internal bodily gasses, causing him to explode into many small parts which rained down upon the rig; official investigation of the incident led to changes in some diving-bell resurfacing procedures. (Source)

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