10 Worst Ways to Die

by M-Gillies

Most people agree that the best way to die is in your sleep.

Anyone who is a fan of horror movies or the sub-genres there within, whether it be the mythical snuff film, the popular torture porn, the cliche-driven slasher flick or the splatter- and gorefest movies of the East, then you’re already a veteran of the seemingly multiple facets of human death and demise – but for those who aren’t, here is a list of the 10 worst ways to die:

1. Skinned Alive or Flayed: One of the oldest and considerably most gruesome torture method practiced a thousand years ago, being flayed alive is said to be as painful as being burned alive, and promises hours of pain and agony. While the Aztecs of Mexico practiced flaying as part of their rituals for human sacrifices, Medieval Europe saw this method as a means of punishing captured criminals, traitors and witches.

In another variation of this method, victims were exposed to the sun until their skin reddened before having their flesh peeled from their bodies.

2. Decapitation: Arguably the most painless execution, the guillotine was a means of quickly decapitating the heads of those put on trial. While the quick severance produced little or no pain at all, the practice of performing a beheading slowly could result in pain as horrific as the scene it produced.

3. Hanged, drawn & quartered: This method of execution saw the condemned dragged by horse to their execution place. When they arrived, they were hanged until reaching near death, and then mutilated from the stomach down until having their head severed and their body divided into four parts. It wasn’t until 1870 that this practice was deemed too inhumane as a form of punishment.

Notable individuals who were executed in this manner include, William Wallace, Guy Fawkes and William Blake.

4: Dismemberment: A Medieval method of executing its victims, dismemberment involved tying the condemned’s limbs to a horse drawn carriage (for example), and stretched until their limbs were torn apart.

5. Burning, Immolation: Considered one of the most painful deaths imaginable, burning to death usually sees its victims die of stroke, shock or loss of blood plasma when the fire is small, however, if the fire is large, people are most likely to die of carbon monoxide poisoning before being devoured by the flames.

6: Poisoning: Occasionally a less painful means of death, poisoning has been used as a means of assassination and suicide, and has been around for centuries. Depending on the type of poison used,

7. Drowning: Drowning, like burning, involved a slow process that causes an agonizing experience to an individual as their lungs with water and their bodies are slowly deprived of oxygen generally causing a person to die of cardiac arrest.

8: Heart removal while still alive: While no longer common today, human sacrifices were a custom among primitive and pagan cultures, with the Aztecs being famous for removing the hearts from the victim while they were still alive, and offering it to the gods.

9. Sickness (HIV, Cancer): Perhaps the only non-violent method of death, terminal illnesses like HIV and cancer are leaders of death in the modern world, and are considered the most dreaded forms of diseases because of how common, painful and communicable they are.

10. Electrocution: Used widely as a form of execution in the past, electrocution is a threat as omnipresent as a stroke, with modern society relying heavily on electricity to power our cities. While electrocutions are no longer used in the penal system, a person who mishandles electrical devices can see themselves facing electrocution , which depending on the voltage, could cause severe burns to the innards or immediate death with the electric current directly impacting the brain.

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