One of the most outstanding torturers of all times was Franz Schmidt, torturer at Nuremberg from 1578 until 1617. Schmidt’s old house on the bridge over the Pegnitz is still standing, and the bridge is known as “Hangmans Bridge.”
Schmidt came from a family of hereditary torturers. His father was torturer to the Bishop of Bamberg and his mother was connected to the famous Deibler family of Paris, who continued to function as official executioners into the 19th century. Having served an apprenticeship under his father, Schmidt went to Nuremberg when the local torturer retired. As his diary shows, he was an educated man and on scientious, dissecting the corpses of his victims to improve his technique. He was something of a scientist, carefully reporting the actions of the human head after decapitation, and a strict teetotaler, because he feared that alcohol might impair his judgment.
Schmidt was also a humanitarian. After torturing several women accused of witchcraft, Schmidt became convinced that the women were confessing to crimes they had never committed through fear of pain. Although he was risking death by defying the ecclesiastic authorities, he applied to the town council to stop the trials. The council was astonished because the execution of witches was a torturer’s most remunerative business-he provided the rope, brimstone, faggots, stake, etc. at a profit to himself and also did a sideline by selling the charred glands of the dead women to alchemists. But the council listened to Schmidt, and as a result Nuremberg was almost the only city in Europe spared the terrible effects of the witch mania. Schmidt also requested the council to stop the custom of putting a woman who had killed her newborn infant (a common crime of the period) into a sack and then throwing her into the Pegnitz.
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