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Pear of Anguish

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A choke pear

The Pear of Anguish was an iron torture instrument shaped like a pear, which was first heated at the spike then inserted in the victim's mouth, anus or vagina. Upon insertion, the handle was turned, causing the spoon-shaped lobes to slowly separate causing extreme pain and mutilation to the victim.

The insertion of the pear depended on the crime the victim was accused of. While slanderers and blasphemers would have their mouths mutilated, homosexuals would suffer the same fate on their anus. Women who had induced a miscarriage, or been accused of witchcraft and carnal knowledge of demons, would see their vaginas torn apart by it.

The pronged ends of each lobe ensured maximum damage as they tore into the throat, cervix or rupturing other tissues.


Ken Russell's film The Devils features a scene with a vaginal pear being used on an accused witch. Template:Torture-stub

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