A naked victim would be placed straddling the device as if sitting on a horse. Weights attached to their feet would then be pulled downward, splitting their bodies in half.
As an executioner turned a hand crank, this frightening devise would slowly cause a person’s “jaw and skull to shatter and eyes to pop out!”
Torturers used this mechanical ripping devise to tear human flesh from victim’s bones. They would often die from infection from the unwashed, bacteria laden spikes.