Encyclopedia > The rack

  Article Content

The rack

The rack is a torture device consisting of a rectangular frame, usually wooden, with a roller at one end. The victim's feet are bound to one end of the frame, and their wrists are tied to ropes attached to the roller. As the interrogation progresses, a handle and ratchet attached to the roller may be used to increase the tension on the ropes by degrees, which quickly becomes excruciatingly painful as the victim's joints slowly dislocate. Eventually, if the application of the rack is continued, the victim's limbs are ripped right off.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Richard Francis Burton

... colonial domination of most of the continent. Diplomatic Service and Scholarship In 1861, he formally entered the foreign service as consul at Fernando Po, the ...