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Headless man’s tomb found under Mayan torture mural

The body of a headless man has been unearthed in an ancient Mayan chamber which is adourned with paintings depicting various acts of torture. Found under the Temple of Murals at the Maya site of Bonampak, the man was either a captive warrior who was sacrificed—perhaps one of the

Human remains could reveal Unit 731 details

Unit 731, the Imperial Japanese Army's notorious medical research team, carried out secret Josef Mengele-style experiments on human test subjects. Now some remains from the unit are prompting a reopened investigation into what crimes occurred. The experiments included hanging people upside down until they choked, burying them alive, injecting

Torture victim’s skeleton found in Byzantine cathedral

The skeleton of a torture victim dating back to the 5th century has been found in a Byzantine cathedral in Syria. A grape squeezer and the skeleton of a human believed to have been tortured to death were found in a service area off the northern hall, Abdul-Maseeh Baghdo, the leader

Warwick Castle’s dungeon attraction make 15 people faint

Warwick Castle officials toning down their new dungeon tour after making 19 visitors ill. In the first month since the dungeon opened, 15 people have fainted and another four have vomited, apparently due to fear. Visitors to the medieval dungeon are greeted by fake blood and life-size models of victims on the

Torture Practices of the Ancient World

Historians have been researching the most extreme forms of torture that took place in the ancient world as a means to keep the population obedient. And the punishment: "sitting in the tub" saw the guilty person placed in a wooden tub with only their head sticking out. The executioner would then

Ancient torture devices for sale

A collection of 252 torture devices used in the 16th and 17th centuries will be sold in New York City with a portion of proceeds going to charities campaigning against torture. 'It's almost what's your pleasure, what part of the body would you like to hurt, which is a terrible thing