The museum houses various torture chains, leather whips to punish detainees, force shirts, belts and bracelets of torture, harness and various knives and swords used by the executioners to kill prisoners.
Also in the museum in Rome, there are also found written documents about the history of crime, such as "Paris Paradise Cocktail", "Never two without three" or "Rustic delight." Also here there is a section devoted to "prison cunning practices", showing how prisoners used to manufacture knives and hide them in a crucifix, a wooden spoon or brush hair.
Among the curiosities of the museum there are the skulls and brains of feared criminals from those times. Many ancient criminals were not killed, but imprisoned. They were frequently subjected to various forms of torture. Thus they were observed how they adapt to any physical or mental distress.
The museum is located on Via del Gonfalone 29, and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 18.30. On Monday and Sunday it is closed.
By Maria Morari
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