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Rat Torture
I think a version of this was done in one of the Fast & Furious movies, if that helps make a mental picture of how horrible this torture was. This method was very popular at the Tower of London during the Elizabethan era. Several rats were placed on top of the victim's abdomen, then a bucket was subsequently placed over the pests. A flame was then placed on top of the bucket, making it very hot. The rats' natural instincts kick in, and they try to get as far away from the heat source as possible...by digging downward. This method has been used as recently as the 1970's. Sigmund Freud was apparently very interested in this form of torture.

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