#24 Paying With Skin: Sisamnes (C. 525 BC)
In the accounts of Ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Sisamnes was far from a charming figure in his society at the time. A corrupt judge under King Cambyses II of Persia who was weak-willed in his integrity; Sisamnes was known for accepting bribes in exchange for bending the rules for others.
An important incident that also led to his demise was when he declared an unjust verdict. In reaction, King Cambyses II had him arrested and skinned alive. His skin was then used as a cover for the seat which his son, Otanes, would overtake in assuming his position.