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What was the punishment where heavy rocks are placed on the criminal's chest and the criminal's body is tied down on the ground in a "T" shape, called? (What was the punishment called?)

Puritans sometimes placed heavy slabs of rocks on people, but I'm not familiar with it being used as a punishment.  It was usually a form of torture used to get accused criminals to confess.  It may have been used as a punishment too, but I am not familiar with such a case.  I am also not familiar with any particular term used to describe the process.

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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