Re: [sig] Thumbscrews & pilliwinks
- In a message dated 9/25/2000 8:23:25 AM Central Daylight Time,
> Can I expand this to a bigger question? What were the "official" periodIn Russia, ordeal by fire. It was actually an official thing and could decide
> means of interrogation in the SIG area? ("Official" as opposed to dunking
> people in a creek, or cutting off appendages, or making them work in a
> cubicle with no windows.)
the outcome of a court case. Don't have an exact date, but I think it's
rather later in our period.
Another official means of punishment was flogging. Torture in general is
mentioned in obtaining evidence/confession and as punishment, but I haven't
found any details.
Nor could I found any interesting data on jails. The word that appears in
documents is "cellar" (<pogreb> -- the "buried, or dug-out, place"). For that
matter, prison terms were unknown. Jails of their equivalents were only
holding places. Punishment was either weregeld or servitude, or both,
sometimes with a little flogging on top.
also with a dark side, but it's all in the interest of science, of course.