History’s Most Terrifying Ways of Punishing People

The Breast Ripper

9. The Breast Ripper

This torture device was designed in medieval Germany for women who were accused of self-performing abortions, adultery, and any other serious deviant behavior.

Also known as the Iron Spider, this tool had four claws that were heated and slowly ripped the breasts off a woman. In some cases, the claws were fixed to the wall and the victim would have to pull away from the claw, thus ripping their breast off.

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