World of Wonder's Machines of Malice: Witches & Heretics premieres tonight at 10 PM Eastern on the Discovery Channel. Find out
why community and religious leaders during the Middle Ages reserved the most-painful punishments for individuals they
labeled as heretical. (Text & photos by Nick Perlmuter)
WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE: Some of these devices live up to their reputations, while others
prove to be propaganda designed to control behavior through fear.
GUT CHECK: See how executioners during the Middle Ages applied simple mechanics to specific body parts
with devastating results.