The Rack was pretty much a long thick plank of wood with two ropes for your feet and two ropes for your hands, as you can see in the picture above it was not a very pretty site when you really start pulling the victim apart. It was mainly used to extract confessions, the person being questioned would usually sit and watch someone else endure the torture in order to instill psychological fear thus driving him to confess. It is said that the torturer was mainly supposed to only dislocate a limb or two, but most torturers would take it to the next level and rip off entire limbs (usually the arms come off first). This device has been used for many years dating back as far as 1447! Also, the French added a little twist (pun intended) to the machine by adding spikes that would dig into the victims spine.