STRAPPADO

Strappado is a form of torture that began with the Medieval Inquisition. In one version, the hands of the accused were tied behind his back and the rope looped over a brace in the ceiling of the chamber or attached to a pulley. Then the subject was raised until he was hanging from his arms. This might cause the shoulders to pull out of their sockets. Sometimes, the torturers added a series of drops, jerking the subject up and down. Weights could be added to the ankles and feet to make the hanging even more painful.

The strappado, also known as corda, This kind of torture would generally not last more than an hour, without rest, as it would likely result in death.


The device was invented by the medieval Church during the institution of Inquisition, although the exact name of the inventor is not known. It is part of the torture devices specifically designed and built for Inquisition.

The Strappado torture device was relatively easier to make compared to some other torture devices of the medieval times. Its main components included a pulley over which a rope tied to the hands of the victim was passed over a beam, or a hook on the roof. Various things could be attached as an additional weight to the feet of the victim.

THREE TYPES

There were three main variants of the Strappado torture device.


The first one is also the simplest one in which the victim’s arms are tied behind his or her back with a rope. The rope is then passed over a pulley and the victim is hung up by their the arms.


In the second kind of Strappado torture device, the victim was released at intervals only to be stopped suddenly in mid-air, thus increasing the intensity of the torture.


Finally, in the third kind, a weight could be added to the feet of the victim, once again increasing the intensity of the torture.
 

HISTORY

According to William Godwin, Girolamo Savonarola was tortured by strappado multiple times before being put to death in a trial by fire; Savonarola, however, apparently renounced his confessions after being tortured, which eventually led to his sentence of burning at the stake. This device was thought to be used during the Salem Witch Trials of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 to torture accused witches.
 

INJURY

Various injuries could be caused by Strappado torture device. The most obvious one was the dislocation of the limbs and joints. Other than that, it could cause long-term damage to the nerves and muscles. Additionally, it could also result in paralysis or loss of sensation in the arms.
 

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