If you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan, this idea may not be very unknown to you. As excruciating as it sounds, this method has often been used in real-time history for royal executions.
Centuries ago, having molten gold poured down one’s throat was actually a very prevalent means of death by molten metal.
A very wealthy Roman Emperor, Marcus Crassus, has been rumored to be executed in the same way. In the 16th century, the tribes of South America used to kill corrupt Spanish governors by pouring molten gold down their throats.
Let’s look into the biology of the oesophagus when it was subjected to molten gold.
Many biologists say that molten gold kills due to steam which burns one’s insides and it’s not the gold that actually does the killing. According to a 2003 study by the Journal of Clinical Pathology, a bovine throat gets filled with lead after being boiled by molten gold’s steam.
The throat mucus layer completely burns off, and the muscle gets cooked or damaged to the depth of about 1 cm.
Conclusively, though, it’s the steam that pulls the plug and burns the lungs. Either way, having molten gold poured down one’s throat makes to the list of the most painful ways to kill someone for sure.