History’s Most Terrifying Ways of Punishing People

The Heretic’s Fork

16. The Heretic’s Fork

The heretic’s fork was designed specifically to torture heretics and witches. It is a leather band fixed with “Forks” by the throat, the teeth on each fork has a sharp end that would pierce the chin or the sternum.

Though the points were not fatally sharp, they did cause pain as the victim would have to have their head constantly tilted back. The Heretic’s fork has been noted as a preluding punishment for the witch or heretic before they were burnt at stake.

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