researching various torture methods for my next book i came across this gruesome bit of information! i would have hated to live in the middle ages!!!!
The Judas Cradle was perhaps a little less sadistic than impalement but still gruesome. The victim’s anus or vagina would be placed over the point of the pyramid-shaped cradle, then lowered on it by ropes. The intended effect was to stretch the orifice over a long period of time, or to slowly impale.
The victim was usually naked, adding to the overall humiliation of the torture and sometimes weights were added to the legs to increase the painand hasten death. This torture could last anywhere from a few hours to complete days. The device was rarely washed, so the victim could also be plagued with a painful infection.