What goes on in the mind of a torturer? What does the man want out of you, his victim?
And you could be his victim, if you are captured by a serial killer, or you are a soldier captured by the enemy, or you cross a drug cartel or just walk in the path of a sadist.
Gary Heidnik abducted, raped, tortured, killed, carved, cooked and ate several people in Philadelphia. A psychiatrists report on him in 1987 noted that: “with continued psychotherapy, Mr. Heidnik’s prognosis is good.” But at that moment, he had three naked, abused malnourished women chained to the plumbing in his basement, and the remains of another in his freezer.
Now consider the following 2 stories, one with a black victimized by whites, and another with whites victimized by blacks
In September 2007–A black West Virginia woman was sexually assaulted, stabbed, and tortured while being held captive by her white abductors, one of whom told her, ‘That’s what we do to niggers around here.’ The 23-year-old victim was freed after cops responded to the home of Frankie Brewster for a ‘welfare check on a female that was reportedly being held against her will.’ When cops arrived, Brewster claimed she was the only one home, but then the victim limped to the door and said, ‘Help me.’ According to six harrowing criminal complaints, the woman, who apparently had been held for more than a week, had four stab wounds in her left leg, bruised eyes, and had been repeatedly sexually assaulted and humiliated. The woman told police that she was forced to lick Brewster’s ‘toes, vagina, and anal cavity.’ Brewster’s son Bobby forced the woman to eat dog and rat feces, according to one complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court. The victim, who had to be hospitalized, was raped at knifepoint, choked with a cable cord, and had her hair pulled and cut during the ordeal. Police, arrested six men and women for their roles in the abduction and attack.
Also in 2007, a white couple Christopher Newsom (23) and Channon Christian (21) were carjacked, tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of black thugs.
According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan at the subsequent trial of Eric Boyd, Chris Newsom was repeatedly sodomized with an object and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered. Barefoot, he was either led or dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks. He was shot in the back of the head, the neck, and the back, and his body then set on fire.
Channon Christian’s death came only after hours of sexual torture, medical examiner Mileusnic-Polchan testified. Christian suffered horrific injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was not only raped but savaged with “an object,” possibly a broken chair leg, the doctor testified. She was beaten in the head. Some type of chemical was poured down her throat while Christian was alive, the forensic expert said. She was then “hog-tied,” with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered tightly with a small trash bag and her body stashed inside five large trash bags before being placed inside a large trash can and covered with sheets. Christian died slowly, suffocating, the medical examiner said.
In the book Letters to My Torturer: Love, Revolution, and Imprisonment in Iran Houshang Asad, who was a communist, describes his torture in the Islamic Utopia of Iran. I have not read the book, but the following comes from reviews: Required at all times to wear a blindfold in the torturer “Brother Hamid”‘s presence, Asadi developed a relationship with and a perverse dependence upon his torturer, which he describes in graphic detail, along with the endless parade of humiliations he was required to endure while being falsely accused of being both a British and a Soviet spy. Asadi lays out not only the rise and rapid perversion of what most Iranians thought would be a democratic revolution, but portrays with integrity the methodical, ruthless destruction of his body, mind, beliefs, and personality in the hands of a highly skilled torturer. The reviewer adds: “I kept thinking with horror of what the many thousands of young protesters arrested last summer are going through right this very minute, in the same prisons.”
Tortures I’ve read about vary as much as the inventiveness of man. People have been made to drink detergent, or to lie immobile in the sand under the sun of the Sahara, or (I may not remember correctly this one: ) tied to a tree, smeared with honey, and then fed to killer ants. Since I’m not sure of the last one, I looked it up, and found this:
After an early escape attempt from the Viet Cong, American pilot Dieter Dengler was picked up by his guards at a jungle water hole. This was when the torture began.
“I had escaped from them, they wanted to get even,” he said.
They would hang him upside down by his ankles, with a nest of biting ants over his face, until he lost consciousness. At night, they suspended him in a freezing well so that if sleep came, he feared he would drown.
“They were always thinking of something new to do to me,” Dengler recalled.
So what can we conclude from this group of torture stories, if anything? Well, the sexual humiliation component is important in two of them, and humiliation in general seems to be an important component in the Iran story. There is an obvious intent to inflict horrible pain, damage, and despair. They may even get enjoyment out of your hate and fear and despair.
When a torturer has you in his clutches, it doesn’t matter that he is your inferior in every respect, that he is the dregs of the earth, that he is evil and you are good. You are going to be very polite to him, just to avoid more pain. If he wants you to confess something, you will confess it.
According to a book by a Dutch psychiatrist, “A man will often try to hold out beyond the limits of his endurance because he continues to believe that his tormentors have some basic morality, that they will finally realize the enormity of their crimes and will leave him alone. This is a delusion” (see book excerpt – ‘Rape Of The Mind’)
There is no fate so horrible, that it has not befallen someone. Often that fate is dealt by other humans.