World of Wonder's MACHINES OF MALICE: THE INQUISITION premieres tonight at 10PM Eastern on the Discovery Channel. Put yourself in the hot seat as this episode tests out torturous atrocities like "The Interrogation Chair," above left. GETTING A LITTLE OUT-OF-JOINT: Find out how Inquisitors turned everyday objects into horrific devices to "help" the accused see the error of their ways... and thoughts, above right.
HARD TO STOMACH: Machines of Malice tests exotic torture devices like the "Revolving Drum," below left, a contraption supposed to grind away at the accused during questioning. A SLICE OF HUMAN HISTORY: Find out how religious zealots engineered fear and terror so entire populations would conform to their specific beliefs. Below right, the "Skin Peeler. (Text and photos by Nick Perlmuter)