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  • Here's why the Catherine Wheel is one of  the most depraved punishments in history

  • According to legends, the Catherine Wheel is  named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria who 

  • is a patron to those academically or  

  • philosophically inclined and  prevents unexpected death

  • Also known as The Breaking Wheel, and similar  in appearance to a large, metal-rimmed 

  • wagon wheel, the unlucky prisoner would have  all their limbs bound to the wooden spokes

  • The wheel would then be rotated, like the  world's sickest game show, as the executioner 

  • shattered your limbs with a hammer  or some other blunt force instrument

  • The broken limbs might even be threaded through  the spokes, and destroyed further, until the 

  • executioner finally struck the killing blow. One of the most strange and infamous victims  

  • of the wheel was Peter Stumpp, a German serial killer and cannibal accused of being a  

  • real-life werewolf. He may be one of the few that actually deserved such a brutal punishment

Here's why the Catherine Wheel is one of  the most depraved punishments in history

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The Catherine Wheel - Worst Punishments In The History of Mankind

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    Summer posted on 2021/10/03
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