Check this out.
This is called an Iron Maiden.
It is from Nuremberg, Germany.
This one is from Medieval times, but they were apparently still around even in the 19th century!
It has 14 spikes on the inside that were designed to pierce the eyes, throat, and heart.
People placed for torture and death in the Iron Maiden sarcophagus would be completely mutilated.
Is this one of the reasons that so many people suffer from claustrophobia?
I remember seeing in a movie where someone was placed in a dungeon cell, but this one was carved into the rock wall horizontally.
The prisoner would be forced to lie down in it with iron bars caged over the side vertically.
S/he could not sit up, roll over, or move.
Can you imagine the sheer terror and torture?
How people could be so evil and inflict such suffering on others and often for crimes like heresy is extremely hard to understand.
Why in G-d's name does anyone call it the "good 'ol days?"
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)