Sacked!

Poena cullei was the extremely creative, yet brutal way of punishing people who committed parricid (i.e. killed their mother, father or both). The main idea was to throw the murderer into a sack with live animal (for example a snake, tiger and monkey) and throw them into a river. Naturally, the wild animals would panic and use their fangs, claws, …

The Worlds most comfy prison

Columbian drug lord and multibillionaire Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) ¬†once agreed to become a prisoner in his own prison. It was called “La Catedral”. It was built more than a fortress to keep people out, than to keep Escobar in. Amongst the luxuries within the prison complex were a jacuzzi, a private library, a bar and a soccer field. The guards …

Congo not-so-free State

In the 1880s, the infamous Belgian King Leopold II (1835-1909) established the Congo Free State, which was more than 70 times larger than Belgium itself. Through a series of legal tricks, the Congo Free State became his property. He had no obligation whatsoever to report anything to his fellow Belgian people. It is estimated that more than 10 million Congolese …