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Pressing was a method of torture and/or execution formerly popular in England and early colonial America. A victim was placed flat on their back, and large flat stones were added one by one to the victim's chest until the victim confessed. Eventually, the weight of the stones on the chest became too great for the victim to breathe, and the victim would suffocate.

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