10 Brutal Execution Methods Used Throughout History

If you’re reading this right now, then the chances are really, really high that you were never executed and tortured in any of the following methods. Also, thanks to our newly improved legal system, which tends to work more often than not, we no longer allow such execution methods to be in place within our justice system. These, however, are ten of the very worst ways anyone could ever die, and many, many people actually did die like this.


Scaphism, an ancient Persian means of execution, was when a single person was stripped naked and places within a tree trunk so their head, hands, and feet were left sticking out in the open air. They were then forced to drink milk and honey so they would have diarrhea, which would get all over themselves. Insects, attracted to the stench, would eat the person alive, breeding within their skin.

Republican Marriage

Republican Marriage, one of the more odd means of executing people, happened in France. This involved a man and woman being tied together before both of them were thrown into a nearby river to drown together.