10. Fingernail Torture Device
The SAVAK were Iran’s US-backed secret police (one of their members is pictured above). They used fingernail torture regularly as punishment or in interrogations. This cruel method of torture involves the extraction of the victim’s nail, often by forcing pliers, forceps or a tool built for the purpose (as in the image) under the nail. To make it more painful, the torturer sometimes heats the instrument until it is red hot.