Some details in life are just too harsh to talk about. But often the secrets that haunt us are the stories we most long to tell. It's all about unburdening. We all carry so much pain and shame and we long to shed it. The craziest part is that we have no idea that we're dying to talk. When we least expect it.... the truth will out.
Redditor u/SadisticFishyboi wanted to know who would be willing to share some dark details they've learned or about themselves by asking....
I have droopy eyes and a learning disability due to head trauma I sustained as a child but I never knew what happened. I was drinking with my older step brother and he broke down crying telling me he's sorry for hitting me and causing all those issues. Apparently when he was 15 he decided to strike me in the head and I wasn't the same after. I can't tell you how much it hurts knowing this. crackedenigma
My older sister admitted to me that when she was a teenager she went to the back streets (an area full of warehouses) with our dad's gun and thought about killing herself.
My sister and I are 5 years apart. We didn't become close until I was about 13. She admitted this to me when I was about 14 or 15. I don't know if she remembers confiding in me about that detail, but I'm grateful she thought about her family members. I can't imagine growing up without her. merzul13
I had a conversation with my mom. She was out of it and was 100% honest.
I was never planned for, wanted, or loved. I was an immediate regret. I knew this already but it was nice to hear it out loud. I didn't call 911 or anything, just let's the cards fall where they may. My mom went right back to gas lighting me and doesn't remember the conversation. She's confused why I moved 300 miles away and only talk to her twice a year. FuriousAbortedFeatus
My buddy killed two people trying to rob him with a rock in Brazil while on vacation. He came back with bad scratches and cuts but he never told the authorities in fear that they'd arrest him or flip the story because he's a foreigner. screamingdolphin
My friend came to school and told me something like this one day in fourth grade. "Dude I just ran into this old ladies mailbox in front of her house with my big ole bike on the way to school. She was sitting out front on her wheelchair. So I got the hell out of there. " Anyways she wheeled herself down to see the damage.
Lost control on the steep pavement to the road and got hit by a car. He said he had never biked so fast before. We are pretty sure she died. God may rest her soul. kyber_doo
That someone I knew ran someone over with the car a few years ago. He couldn't help it, it was raining and an elderly woman dressed dark suddenly stepped out between parked cars, he had no chance to react in time. The dark part being that when the police came to inspect the case, they told him not to worry, because they would take care that he didn't get into trouble, because the old lady was "just a foreigner." They reported that his car was in perfect condition, his wipers brand new, anything to deflect any fault at all from him. Rylonian
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Friend confessed that he moved back to our hometown to take care of his dying father. Ended up having an affair with his father's wife. She was a foreign bride closer to his age than his father's. At first, my friend joked about sex with his stepmother but as he got drunker he got sadder, and eventually his true feelings about what happened came out and he ended up sobbing in my arms. WillingCriticism246
When I was 15 my cousin and I raided my dad's home brew and got plastered. That night she confessed to me that her father - my dad's brother in law - was a secret cross dresser. She'd come home early from a party and discovered him. Nothing to be ashamed of on his part but he was staunchly conservative and a total pompous fool. Last person you'd expect. My dad and grandfather couldn't stand the bloke.
I broke her confidence and ultimately told my dad. I was a kid and I didn't know what to do with the information. Dad of course didn't tell anyone but he did say "I'll only tell one person: Just the old man when he's on his death bed so he can die with a smile on his face." HiMyNameIsLaura
My mom told me that my step dad is not my half-sister's dad. He had a vasectomy and I'm assuming they didn't want to reverse it, so she hand picked her father from a sperm bank. My sister is totally her Golden child/vanity project. Pretty sure my mom told me so I had to share the burden of the secret, not even my sister knows. And before anyone says I should tell her, I absolutely will not. It is not my place and I'm already the odd man out, they would all 110% turn on me. thebarkosaurusrex
Was once told by my best friend that he had attempted suicide multiple times, and that he was gonna do it once and for all before our friend group started a group call and we joked and laughed for a couple hours. Then he put me on a private call and we talked about how he was mentally but now he's better than he was. Reddit
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
Do you have something to confess to George? Text "Secrets" or "" to +1 (310) 299-9390 to talk to him about it.
The way we as humans treat others can often be horrific. It can be especially awful when we are causing pain with a purpose. We need someone to tell a secret or pay for a crime. But one awful act joined with another does not make anything right. And torture is just wrong no matter what.
Redditor u/Normie_trash_69 wanted to discuss the truth about the worst of humanity by asking..... What is the most horrific torture device or execution method you've ever seen, fictional or nonfictional?
The Syrian Ministry of the Interior used a tool called the "Black Slave" that was basically a chair where the torture victim would sit on while nude. In the space under the cushion were large very hot skewers that would enter the victims anus and keep going it reached the intestines. They would do a push/pull method until the victim collapsed under the stress or spoke. ChairForces
This is completely fictional. But I think in the mummy or some movie like that some immortal dude got locked in a sarcophagus with scarab beetles that would eat him forever. JBatjj
The pear of anguish looks pretty damn awful.
"The pear consisted of a metal body (usually pear-shaped) divided into spoon-like segments that could be operated by turning a screw.
This contraption was originally meant to be inserted to one's mouth to crank the key piece to expand the metallic petals. The quadruple or triple petals expand outward, forcing the victim's inner mouth capacity to stretch beyond its limits." Yeah yeah, I know it was used for other orifices, but mouth was the original intention.
Spanish Donkey was another good one. _ripzayn
Tying someone up, keeping them fed and hydrated and injecting heroin into them for months until one day you decide to just leave them to deal with dehydration, starvation and withdrawals. I_FAP_TO_TURKEYS
Not the most screwed up but it's definitely a weird one.
White Torture is a form of sensory deprivation where the imprisoned is kept in a white room, made to wear white clothes, as are all the guards and they're even served white food on white plates. The lights are kept on at all times, no one was allowed to speak, and their shoes are padded to muffle sound.
The lack of color is apparently very mentally damaging. To quote Iranian journalist, Ebrahim Nabavi:
It is terrible. The loneliness never leaves you, long after you are "free." LittleRedLamps
In an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Chief O'Brien had 20 years of prison time implanted in his memories. He never actually went to the prison, but he thought he did. It messed him up. He tried to kill himself over it.
The writers of Star Trek really had it out for Chief O'Brien, poor guy. BagelDesk
Rat in a hotbox chained to a mans chest. BrokenMatchet
Dies too fast. The rat is placed on the condemned's stomach, so the rats eat his guts first trying to flee the heat. Spaiduhz
I once witnessed a father with his 3 year old daughter watching the baby shark video on his phone, once it ended she would scream until he restarted the video, she watched that video about 10 times in a row and the look on his face was that of pure depression, so I'm going to go with that. pops992pops992
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This old guy I used to work with would tell stories about torture in Vietnam, and this one stuck with me:
They'd tie the captive to a chair with his hands behind his back and bring in a hooker. She would pull his pants down and dance, touch, whatever was necessary to get him erect.
Then they would take a thin bamboo reed and slide it down his urethra.
And they'd bend his penis in the middle really quick so that it snapped off inside. Monsieur_Pounce
The Judas cradle
You are stripped down and tied up by your and and legs. You are the suspended from the ceiling and dropped down butt first one a large metal spike. Most people bleed to death. thatoneguywhohasadog
It would be hard to beat impaling, dying slowly over days with a wooden pole through your body. Vlad Tepes impaled kids too.
Keelhauling - the victim is dragged along the underside of a ship so that the barnacles will cut and shred them whilst simultaneously drowning them.
Fun fact. You were sometimes meant to be able to survive it - if you were hauled from side to side it was possibly survivable (I mean infection and whatnot made it a gamble). You could also be hauled from bow to stern. Less survivable.
Lingchi, an ancient form of torture/execution from China in which the condemned is slowly and systematically cut into pieces through the use of literally hundreds/thousands of knives.
Upside down sawing from groin all the way down. Blood stays in your head so you stay conscious. So awful.
The one where they put you in a metal bull and then heat it with a fire so that when you cook your screams can be heard and then when you start to boil your water escapes in steam out of its nose it pretty horrific.
The Coop Prison....
There was a TIL on this a while back on the Thailand chicken coop prison, where you'd be under the coop in the cell and the chicken's droppings would fall on you with no escape.
Everyone commenting said that'd be the grossest smell and torturous.
One of the most brutal I ever heard of was that of Robert-Francois Damien. Damien attempted to assassinate King Louis XV in 1757 so he was sentenced to death. Thousands of people showed up to witness the execution... First, the hand he attempted to stab the king with was dipped in ethanol and then lit on fire. Then they took red hot metal pincers and ripped away his calves, quads, pecs, biceps, and triceps. They then poured molten metal into the gaping wounds where his muscles once were. After that, that tied each limb to a horse and made them ride in opposite directions. When it was clear that they weren't pulling hard enough to rip him apart, the soldiers beat Damien's joints with hammers to speed up the process. The entire ordeal lasted over 4 hours.
While not explicitly for torture, there is a pretty horrific method in a short story called "The Jaunt." Some time in the future, humanity invents a method of instant teleportation. The thing is you need to be knocked out by anesthesia prior to using it. The story goes into the history of the machine where testing on animals and, later on, humans revealed that though the process of teleportation is outwardly instant, the conscious mind of the teleportee experiences billions of years in a white void, alone but for the company of their own thoughts, unable to move, unable to die.
One scientist shoves his wife, awake, into a machine and closes off the end point. He is convicted of murder because, although she is technically still alive, she's screaming somewhere in the ether, alone, for all of eternity.
Bamboo honeymoon is what I call it. I'm sure they had another name
But essentially you get strapped in a case over bamboo and left there. They will come to feed you and put honey on your body, face and make sure you stay alive, so you feel every inch of your body eaten by animals and insects, while the bamboo is growing into your rear end.
It sometimes took up to 40 days for prisoners to die, when I remember correctly. And this is nonfictional.
I cant come up with anything worse, really.
They leave you in a tub of water, constantly feed you so that you keep on pooping. You end up covered in your own poop until your body starts getting devoured by the parasites which appear within your poop.
The human body is a fascinatingly complex machine. Blood flows through our veins carrying oxygen and nutrients, our liver and kidneys remove waste from that blood, and electrical signals travel through our nervous system to make it all happen.
Some things about our bodies are a little less fascinating and a little more disturbing, though.