Head Crusher

Head Crusher

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Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This metal device featured a plate that sat below the victim's jaw, which was connected by a frame to the head cap. As the torturer slowly twisted the handle, the gap between the head cap and plate decreased in width, causing crushing of the skull and facial bones, including teeth and jaws, and ultimately inducing death; even if the torturer stopped before death, permanent damage to the facial muscles and structure would occur. The victim's head would slowly be crushed, killing the victim, but not before the victim's jaw had been crushed, and their eyes had popped from their sockets. This head crusher was probably used during the period of the Spanish Inquisition.

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Keywords: blood, bone, crush, death, eye, eye sockets, eyes, facial bones, facial muscles, fractured bone, head, head crusher, iron, jaw, medieval, pain, pressure, skull, spanish inquisition, teeth, torture, torturer

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