This pin talks about crime and punishment in Medieval times. Torture was an accepted practice and things that today would seem minor, people were tortured for back then. An example of this would be lying. We know Polonius was a liar so he was putting a lot on the line at these times. The Catholic Church at this time would even practice torture as a way to get people to confess their sins.
Arizona inmate dies belatedly in apparently botched execution Officials said an Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour until dying in an apparently botched execution Wednesday that is sure to reinvigorate the national debate over lethal injection in the United States. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-arizona-execution-20140723-story.html