episode 14


Ottoman Empire, before 1800

published the 7 november 2016


Variations on a theme

There were several variations on the basic theme of impalement. In the Far East, victims were tied in place over bamboo shoots that grew up to 75 cm a day. In Turkey, they were thrown onto hooks. Impaling was more brutal and death came quicker.

Edward II

According to popular belief, Edward II of England was killed by a red hot poker inserted into his anus through a metal tube to hide the evidence.
The perfect murder. The rumour was started at court and was never proved, but it has become part of folk history..

Prince Vlad

Vlad was a fourteenth-century Romanian voivod, or prince, rumoured to be the original for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He apparently had quite a taste for impaling, though some argue that this reputation was slander spread by his enemies. He does seem to have impaled a number of dignitaries during one particular visit, leaving a lasting impression on his contemporaries and earning him some powerful enemies. He is known as Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler.



  1. wikipedia (Impalement article)


  1. Martin Monestier, Peines de mort, Paris, Le cherche midi, 2004, 300p.