History’s Most Terrifying Ways of Punishing People

Rat Torture

14. Rat Torture

Also referred to as the Rats Dungeon, rat torture was a feature available in the Tower of London during the Elizabethan era. A dark cell just below the River Thames would draw in rats from the water as the tide flowed in.

During the Dutch revolt, it is said that some allies to the Dutch would fill a clay bowl with rats and strap it to the naked body of the prisoner. The bottom of the bowl would be heated and since the rats could not escape the heat through the bottom, they would eat their way through the body of the prisoner.

Rat torture has been used by many South American military dictatorships who used rat torture for interrogation.

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