strappado


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a form of torture in which the hands are tied behind a person's back and they are lifted off the ground by a rope tied to their wrists, then allowed to drop until their fall is checked with a jerk by the rope

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In fact, the Bush administration used most of the primary Inquisition methods: (68) Manadel al-Jamadi received the strappado, (69) Khalid Sheik Mohammad (70) and Abu Zubaydah Husayn (71) the toca.
This alleged tortured [sic] included, among other things, the strappado stress position, whereby his hands were bound/shacked [sic] and he was suspended from the ceiling; the use of blunt objects (i.
Others called it "suspending" and described something resembling the Russian dyba, a type of rack or strappado.
In estrapade, or strappado, a rope suspends the victim, attaching to his hands bound behind his back.
The ensuing degrees of torture assumed an array of methods: the ordeal of water, the ordeal of fire, the strappado, the wheel, the rack, and the stivaletto--all used to break alleged heretics.
Soon afterward, on a false charge of conspiracy, they threw him into a stinking, rat-infested prison and subjected him to six administrations of the strappado, attempting to dislocate his joints and show him exactly how out of favor he was.
If one could put up with beggary, thievery, barbarities like the strappado (people dropped from heights to provoke dislocations), and omnipresent duelling, not to mention many Catholic festival days engendering unpuritanical behaviour, why the air, food, and general situation could marvellously restore one's health here.
Like burning Giordano Bruno and turning Galileo into a craven wimp; like stoning witches to death and flinging people onto the strappado for the pleasure of the Inquisitions; like banning books and art and dance; like dynamiting gloriously beautiful ancient Buddhist statues; like telling the gullible and uneducated that they must empty their pockets of milk and medicine money even as they hate and hate and hate all those with lifestyles unlike the ones Jerry and Pat and Usama trumpet as Moral Values; lifestyles of honor they cannot live up to themselves.
We witness the use of the strappado, a torture device that extracts "confessions" from Servadio and his compatriots.
Sundry medieval torturing devices would be employed to evoke my childhood days: Ah, the joys of the strappado and comfort of the rack.