24 Of The Most Graphically Violent Deaths In Human History.

People on Reddit were asked: "Who had the worst death in history?" These are some best answers.

1/24 Cato the Younger attempted to commit suicide by disembowelment; he passed out from the pain, and his lieutenants had a surgeon sew him back up. Upon coming to, Cato tore open the freshly sewn cut and pulled his intestines out with his bare hands.


2/24 A woman sat in the bath and dropped a bar heater in to electrocute herself. Current wasn't enough to kill her but enough have her seize in place. The bath then heated up til boiling point over the next 12 hours. When only a little bit of water was left the heater shorted...


3/24 Hiroshi Ouchi. He was a Japanese nuclear worker who got a super-deadly radiation dose when material he worked with got critical. Slowly all his skin fell off. He suffered for 3 months while scientists didn't let him die. One day he suddenly cracked.

I cant take it anymore. I am not a guinea pig.

Scientists tried absolutely everything to keep him alive, refusing to 'allow' him to due, even on when on the 59th day his heart stopped 3 times for a total of 49 minutes. They kept on resuscitating him until he finally died on the 83rd day....


4/24 Junko Furuta. Tortured for 44 days. The boys mutilated her genitals with firecrackers and pliers. They also made her consume roaches and drink her own urine. After she attempted to escape, they burned her legs and ripped her nails out.


5/24 Balthasar Gerard. The assassin who shot and killed the Dutch proverbial 'father of the fatherland' William the Silent. To quote Wikipedia's entry on Gerard:

At his trial, Grard was sentenced to be brutally even by the standards of that time killed. The magistrates decreed that the right hand of Grard should be burned off with a red-hot iron, that his flesh should be torn from his bones with pincers in six different places, that he should be quartered and disemboweled alive, his heart torn from his bosom and flung in his face, and that, finally, his head should be taken off.

Grard's torture was also very brutal. On the first night of his imprisonment Grard was hung on a pole and lashed with a whip. After that his wounds were smeared with honey and a goat was brought to lick the honey off his skin with his rough tongue. The goat however refused to touch the body of the sentenced. After this and other tortures he was left to pass the night with his hands and feet bound together, like a ball, so sleep would be difficult. During the following three days, he was repeatedly mocked and hung on a pole with his hands tied behind his back. Then a weight of 300 metric pounds (150 kg) was attached to each of his big toes for half an hour. After this half hour Grard was fitted with shoes made of well-oiled, uncured dog skin; the shoes were two fingers shorter than his feet. In this state he was put before a fire. When the shoes warmed up, they contracted, crushing the feet inside them to stumps. When the shoes were removed, his half-broiled skin was torn off. After his feet were damaged, his armpits were branded. After that he was dressed in a shirt soaked in alcohol. Then burning bacon fat was poured over him and sharp nails were stuck between the flesh and the nails of his hands and feet.


6/24 John of Leiden, one of the leaders of the Anabaptist rebellion in Munster, died in a pretty awful way: attached to a pole by an iron spiked collar and his body ripped with red-hot tongs for the space of an hour. After Knipperdolling saw the process of torturing John of Leiden, he attempted to kill himself with the collar, using it to choke himself. After that the executioner tied him to the stake to make it impossible for him to kill himself. After the burning, their tongues were pulled out with tongs before each was killed with a burning dagger thrust through the heart. The bodies were placed in three cages and hung from the steeple of St. Lambert's Church and the remains left to rot.


7/24 Don't remember his name, but there was a Roman general out way into the east, and he was captured. To punish him for his greed, the enemies put him in the middle of the city and poured molten gold down his mouth until it solidified in his lungs and he died. It's metal as fuck.


8/24 The inventor of the Brazen Bull. Phalaris of Athens was both impressed and disgusted by the invention and invited its creator to climb inside to demonstrate its voice distortion properties. The door was locked shut behind him and he became the contraption's first victim.

The Brazen Bull, true to its name, was a hollow bronze statue of a bull. The victim would be locked inside and a fire lit beneath it. The skin would burn on contact with the hot metal and they would slowly be cooked inside. Inside the bull, a series of pipes distorted the screams of the victim into the sound of a mooing bull, dehumanizing the victim and exemplifying their cruel death.

The torture method about filling people with honey and fermented fruit, stuck in between two boats, being slowly eaten alive by flies was fun too. As other people have mentioned, this is called scaphism.


9/24 Maybe former U.S. president William McKinley. Shot twice in the stomach, but may have survived if doctors didn't keep trying to remove the bullets with their gross hands, which eventually caused gangrene to grow on his stomach and poisoned his blood.

At least his successor was tougher than that...


10/24 There was a Hungarian rebel in the 1400s who was forced to hold a glowing hot metal sceptre, on a glowing hot metal throne with a glowing hot iron crown. His followers were forced to eat parts of him, which were ripped off while he was alive.


11/24 My memory is fuzzy on exactly who did this to who, but at some point in ancient China some royal woman wanted to control some royal guy. Either her husband or son. Son I think. Anyway, he had basically been raised by a certain nurse, and loved her like a mother. So empress evil b*tch had the nurses legs amputated at the knee, and arms amputated at the elbow. Then she cut off the nurse's nose, ears, tongue, and blinded her. She kept the nurse alive, rooting around naked in a latrine pit. Then she brought her son in and showed him her handiwork, exclaiming something along the lines of, "Behold! The Human Pig!"

This essentially broke his spirit, and Empress Evil B*tch ruled in his place. I don't know how long the nurse lived like that, but I'm guessing it felt like a long long time.


12/24 Arius, an early Christian leader who shat out all his insides.

Short and simple version: Arius was deemed a heretic for his teachings, but eventually negotiated a welcome back into the church. On his way to communion, Arius began to feel diarrhea coming on and ducked off the main road. He shat out his guts. First all the poop, then some blood, then his small intestines, then chunks of his liver. His LIVER. He was a goner.

At the time, his enemies said God didn't want him to rejoin the church. Now we think somebody poisoned him.


13/24 David Grundman was killed near Lake Pleasant, Arizona, U.S., while shooting at cacti with his shotgun. After he fired several shots at a 26 ft (8 m) tall Saguaro Cactus from extremely close range, a 4 ft (1.2 m) limb of the cactus detached and fell on him, crushing him.


14/24 An anonymous prince, or malik, in Mosul that was killed by Hulagu Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan's...

Mongols had no real talent for building, anyway. Plague and famine and disintegration followed the Mongol incursion. Places they conquered sometimes had to be re-subdued. The city of Mosul, which had submitted almost eagerly to Mongol rule at first, changed its attitude afterward, when a new malik, or prince, came to power there. Under his leadership the inhabitants of MosulKurds, Arabs, and some tribal peoplerebelled and forted themselves up behind the city walls, and the Mongols put them under siege.

During one attack, a number of Mongol soldiers climbed over Mosuls walls, only to be surrounded and killed to a man. The defenders then cut off the Mongols heads, put the heads in a catapult, and fired them back at the Mongols outside. This effrontery brought out Hulagus sternest side. After his forces finally took the city, he ordered the malik to be brought to him. Then he had the malik fastened tightly inside a fresh sheepskin and left in the sun, where vermin ate him alive for a month until he died.


15/24 On July 8, 1974, nine days after the America Sings attraction opened in Disneyland, 18-year-old Disneyland cast member Deborah Gail Stone died when she was crushed between two walls of the building. A narrow channel between a stationary wall and a rotating wall was open and Deborah was unfortunate enough to walk through this space as the rotating wall began to move. One of the audience members heard Deborahs screams and notified park staff, although most people in the audience thought that Deborahs death screams were all part of the show.


16/24 In 1610, a 105 year old guy was poisoned, shot, stabbed, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered. He's known as Vigo.


17/24 So 4 teenage girls captured a 12 year old girl, tricked the girl into thinking her girlfriend would meet her at a well known teenage hang out area and then bound her up, scared her and did a lot more. The watch Shanda was wearing was a Disney watch that played music and while tied up and gagged, one of the girls turned on the music and danced to it. One of the girls mocked her crying while they were driving.

Two girls, Melinda Loveless and Laurie Tackett made Shanda strip naked and then Melinda beat her up with her fists, then slamming Shanda's head into her knee. Then, after attempting to slash her throat (the knife was too dull), they stabbed her and strangled her until she was unconscious. After going to Laurie's home to clean up, they realized Shanda was screaming in the truck and so Laurie went out and stabbed Shanda several more times. While country driving again later, Shanda started crying and making gurgling noises and when she sat up after they opened the truck, Laurie beat her with a tire iron until she was silent. Then later, while STILL ALIVE after all that, they poured gasoline on her and lit her on fire.

Later they went to McDonalds for breakfast and they joked that Shanda's burnt corpse looked like the sausages they were eating. What the f*ck. They later told Shanda's girlfriend (Melinda's ex) about what they did and showed her the bloody handprints of Shanda in the trunk of Laurie's car.


18/24 Colonel Gaddafi, when he was overthrown, was IIRC beaten half to death, shot... and left with his own gun to off himself. Quite nasty.


19/24 On 20 July 1981, 24-year-old David Allen Kirwan from La Canada, California, was driving through Yellowstone's Fountain Paint Pot thermal area with his friend Ronald Ratliff and Ratliff's dog Moosie. At about 1:00 P.M. they parked their truck to get out and take a closer look at the hot springs; Moosie escaped from the truck, ran towards nearby Celestine Pool (a thermal spring whose water temperature has been measured at over 200), jumped in, and began yelping.

Kirwan and Ratliff rushed over to the pool to aid the terrified dog, and Kirwan's attitude indicated he was about to go into the spring after it. According to bystanders, several people tried to warn Kirwan off by yelling at him not to jump in, but he shouted "Like hell I won't!" back at them, took two steps into the pool, and then dove head-first into the boiling spring.

Kirwan swam out to the dog and attempted to take it to shore; he then disappeared underwater, let go of the dog, and tried to climb out of the pool. Ratliff helped pull Kirwan out of the hot spring (resulting in second-degree burns to his own feet), and another visitor led Kirwan to the sidewalk as he reportedly muttered, "That was stupid. How bad am I? That was a stupid thing I did."

Kirwan was indeed in very bad shape. He was blind, and when another park visitor tried to remove one of his shoes, his skin (which was already peeling everywhere) came off with it. He sustained third-degree burns to 100% of his body, including his head, and died the following morning at a Salt Lake City hospital. (Moosie did not survive, either.)

Perhaps David Allen Kirwan didn't realize just how hot the thermal springs really are, perhaps he didn't consider the deadly effect submersion in water of such temperatures would have on him, or perhaps blind emotion drove him to act without taking even the briefest moment to consider his own safety. Foolish, brave, rash, or otherwise, can any of us imagine a circumstance, no matter how dire, under which would willingly dive head-first into a pool of boiling water?


20/24 Any enemy of Vladimir (can't remember his title, but he was the origin of the Dracula story). When an enemy was defeated (not killed) by him or his army, they would get sharpened logs and shove it right in between the testicles and butt hole. Then they would stand it up in the dirt and let gravity do the rest by slowly pulling the victim down in excruciating pain.


21/24 The explorer David Douglas (discoverer of the Douglas Fir). He fell (was allegedly pushed) into a cow trap, which is basically a big pit full of spikes. Then a cow fell in on top of him.

Impaled by spikes while simultaneously being crushed by an angry flailing cow. Not much fun.


22/24 I was in Seattle when this carnie at a fair got killed. He made it to the wiki list of horrible deaths once.

He was servicing the roller coaster while it was active and full of passengers. As the coaster was going through the loop he was standing on the outside looking at the mechanisms, the wind from the ride whipped his hair into the air, wrapped around the wheel and took him off his feet. As he was drug into the air by the speeding coaster his throat was gutted on the track hardware, but just as the coaster reached the apex of the loop the inertia created was enough to tear his scalp off freeing him from the coaster. Throat cut and head scalped the carnie flew through the air and arterial sprayed a classroom full of little children on a field trip, waiting in line for another ride before coming to rest perpendicularly on a section of steel railing which folded him in half like a beach towel, finally killing him, right in front of all the children.


23/24 Takuya Nagaya, 23, from Japan, started to slither on the floor and talk about becoming a snake. His mother took this to mean that he had been possessed by a snake demon and called for her husband, 53-year-old Katsumi Nagaya, who spent the next two days physically beating his son in an attempt to exorcise the demon. This killed Takuya.


24/24 Overzealous zookeeper Frederic Briefed fed his constipated elephant Stefan 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally let fly and suffocated the keeper under 200 pounds of poop!

Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive-oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded on him like a dump truck full of mud.

The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground, where he struck his head on a rock and lay unconscious as the elephant continued to evacuate his bowels on top of him.


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