Totally Frightening Pictures That You Should Only Look At During the Daytime

Tar And Feather Victim

In case any of you ever wondered, this is what a victim of a tarring and feathering looked like. It was a terrifying form of public humiliation. After the victim is stripped down to his waist, the mob proceeds to paint the victim with pine tar (which does not burn) then pitches feathers or forces the victim to roll in the feathers until they stick.

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As a final indignity, the mob chases/parades the victim through the streets. At that moment, the victim most likely wishes that he could fly. Why would anyone even think of a punishment like this?