By Declan McHugh
London's strangest and scariest humans and locations are introduced vividly to existence during this stroll in the course of the capital's darkish aspect. that includes serial killers, psychopaths, gangsters, ghosts and martyrs, listed here are fifty precise tales from all corners of town certain to relax your bones.
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The countries subjugated by Spain suffered similarly. On 16 February 1568 the Inquisition condemned all the inhabitants of The Netherlands to death as heretics. Although this was physically impossible, there being a population of three million, 800 were burned to death or hanged in the first week. The Spanish King’s representative, the Duke of Alba, boasted that he had ordered 28,000 thousand executions, and many were carried out. Those who did not perish at the stake were tied back to back and thrown in the rivers or, if women, were raped, then killed.
That, as portrayed in old prints, would seem to have been the design and modus operandi of the diele, one of which was used early in the fifteenth century by John of Bavaria to dispatch the ringleaders of a revolt. It is highly likely that such a machine could have been the forerunner of the Italian mannaia seen by Père Jean-Baptiste Labat on his journeys through Spain and Italy in 1730. DROWNING ‘Two barges laden with people stopped at a place called Prairie-au-Duc... ’ Wherever there was water, there was a free and straightforward method of disposing of unwanted members of society, whether they were common thieves or murderers, sorcerers or witches.
No application of heat was necessary, the hungry ants in due course eating their way through the victim’s abdomen in order to escape. Stomach burner and rats CAVE OF ROSES This was a rare and little-known Swedish method of execution in which the victim was confined in a cave which was already occupied by numerous snakes and poisonous reptiles. In the darkness he would then be stung or bitten to death. The use of the cave for such a purpose was abolished by King Gustavus III in 1772. ’ This method of capital punishment immediately conjures up in most people’s minds the scriptural pictures of Jesus dragging the heavy cross along the dusty path leading to the place of execution.
Bloody London: A Shocking Guide to London's Gruesome Past and Present by Declan McHugh