Modern Marvels

Torture Devices

Season 10, Ep 21, Aired 5/22/03
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  • Episode Description
  • For more than 3,000 years, emperors and generals, dictators and police, criminals, clerics, and even medical doctors have created and used a vast array of torture devices--everything from the ancient Greeks' Brazen Bull, which slowly barbecued the victim, to the elaborate mechanical apparatuses of the Spanish Inquisition. A medical doctor who specializes in victims of torture reveals how the human body responds to their use--from the earliest excruciating contrivances to the more modern.moreless

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • An uninteresting topic.

    By jchamberlin, Jan 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: They are some of the most diabolical devices ever created, thousands of years old they terrify and maim, haunting their victims for a lifetime. Used by governments and private citizens alike. Now, Torture Devices, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Adolf Hitler (archival footage) Osama Bin Laden (archival footage) Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (archival footage) Gov. George Ryan (archival footage) Joseph McCarthy (archival footage) Josef Mengele (archival footage) Roy Bennett (archival footage) Michael Nutkiewicz, Ph.D. Program for Torture Victims Paul Hoffman Amnesty International William F. Atwater U.S. Army Ordnance Museum Philip Schrier National Firearms Museum David Eisenman, M.D., M.S.H.S. UCLA School of Medicine Prof. Daniel Smith-Christopher, Ph.D. Bluffton College, Ohio Javier Guerrero San Diego Museum of Man Melanie Perreault, Ph.D. Salisbury University Rachel Jagoda L.A. Museum of the Holocaust Joan Bennett Chapman Roy Bennett's Daughter David Chandler Author, Voices from S-21 S. Megan Berthold, Ph.D. Program for Torture Victims Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Kathryn Christy Writer: Michael Christy Producer: Kathryn Christy Producer: Michael Christy Associate Producer: Emily Lau Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Editor: Barry Silver Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Guy Thomas Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Kathlene Exner Rizzotti Post Production Manager: Gary Reid Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Hildie Katibah Production Auditor: Dani Eslin Assistant Accountant: Linda Scribner Assistant Accountant: Dennis Luciani Production Coordinator: James Wiser Assistant Editor: Eric Sievering Post Coordinator: Danny Kim Post Assistant: Laura Steinhoff Voice over Coordinator: Beata Genin Production Assistant: Rosalyn McVay Camera: Peter Krajewski Still Photographer: Dave Gatley Historical Consultant: Daniel Smith-Christopher, Ph.D. Online Editor: Arthur Klein Sound Mixer: Sam Kaufmann Animation: Scott Boyer Special Thanks: Amnesty International Rachel Champeau Youk Chhang Richardo Delgado Dawn Grissiths Dennis Kaufman Program for Torture Victims Steve Ruhl San Diego Museum of Man Nava Silvera Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Seggara Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2003

    Trivia (4)

    • Nearly 15,000 Cambodians were incarcerated in Pol Pots's S-21 prison. Only six survived the torture.

    • The Inquisition, along with its use of torture devices, was not officially abolished by the Vatican until 1834.

    • The term torture was first used in 16th century France. It comes from the Latin word tortus, which means "twisted."

    • The Immigration and Naturalization Service estimates that not only do 400,000 torture victims live in the United States, but between 800 to 1,000 of their tortures do, as well.

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