Canadian historian Steve Santini has built up a huge collection of torture devices that he has tested on himself. They are mostly from the Medieval period but were still the most ruthless forms of torture right up until Obama gave Queen Elizabeth a collection of his speeches. Now, that would leave a mark.
‘When I began to tighten the finger press, it felt uncomfortable but after a while the digit just felt sort of numb.
‘This should have been a warning sign to stop but instead I tightened the device further and did some rather agonizing damage to myself. And yes, that was my finger cracking.’
Over the years he has built up a collection of 220 antique torture instruments, including British…