Determining which means of death is the most horrible way to go is entirely subjective. A person’s own fears factor into their views as far as the worst way to die. At some point I am sure you must have seen a horror flick or two and thought of a few ideas in which the worst way to die might be and have developed your own views. Some of the ideas below are frightful, some are grotesque, and some are plain awful. I can’t imagine worse ways to die. (Warning, may be disturbing for some readers)
Falling into a Vat of Sulfuric Acid
Sulfuric Acid is one of the most corrosive forms of acid as it can burn through wood, rock, and steel. It is commonly used in producing alcohol, paper, glue, rubber, paints, dyes, fertilizers, and plastics and a commonly found substance in many facilities.
Why it’s an awful way to die? Imagine falling into a large container of this acid, as happened to one man. He quickly jumped out, yet the acid had already covered the majority of his skin. Almost immediately upon contact the chemical beings to burn and eat its way through the flesh. The acid easily burns through skin, cauterizing blood vessels, and literally dissolving organs until death. The pain would be unbearable, and there is basically no way to reverse the damage. This is incontestably one awful way to die.
Being Skinned Alive
A dreadful torture method and bizarre ritual rarely practiced anymore except by certain tribes in remote areas of the world, being skinned alive is a long and utterly painful process.
Fairly self explanatory as one of the worst ways to die; having the flesh ripped or cut off your body must be one of the most painful things you could experience. Many of those that practiced this torture method not only peeled the skin off their victims while still alive, they would also pour boiling hot water over them to make the skin peeling easier. Eventually the victims would die from blood loss, burns, infections, or worse and after the entire process of being skinned alive, I would think death would actually be welcomed.
While most accidental cases of fire in which people die, they are not burned alive but are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning before the flames reach them. However, for those who do not die in such a humane way, death by flames is a slow and painful death. Most people have burned themselves on something hot before, whether it’s from the oven or an open flame -it only takes a second to let our brains and body know that it’s a truly unpleasant experience. For those burned alive by hot flames, it is said to be one of the most painful deaths imagined as your blood boils, your skin cooks, and your organs explode- truly horrific, indeed.
Poisoning used to be an easy way to carry out assassination, murder, or even commit suicide and has been around for hundreds of centuries. There are a number of different ways in which poisoning can occur, both intentionally and accidental and it can be a long process or a slow process depending on the type and strength of the poison itself. Many of the known or more common types of poison, such as household cleaners, detergent, or rat poison can cause extreme pain. The chemicals in these products burn the victim’s mouth, throat, and internal organs slowly, causing interior bleeding and eventually death.
Drowning is said to one of the scarier ways in which to die, but that the experience is not painful. (Said by those that had drowned and lived to tell about it). The process of drowning only takes a few minutes but it is slow enough that you understand what’s happening. As the oxygen runs out, the individual experiences suffocation by water which fills the lungs up with liquid, blocking the airways. The main cause of death is actually cardiac arrest and hypoxia due to the lack of oxygen.
Death by electrocution, also known as death by shock is a practiced form of execution still used in some countries today. Accidental electrocution can and does occur, which is one important reason to be very careful and avoid electric plugs, outlets and gadgets while around water. People who die from electrocution have their insides burnt from the electric current, and depending on the voltage it may take some time for the individual to die from this painful process. Death actually occurs from direct impact of the electric current on the brain and if the voltage is strong enough, it could kill instantly.
Being buried alive in one fear that has many terrified as it not only brings up the fear of suffocation, but is also triggers the fear of claustrophobia, a very common apprehension of enclosed spaces. Being intentionally buried alive is an unlawful form of torture, murder or execution. Unfortunately accidental burial may occur from a natural disaster such as a landslide or the collapse of a building. Death occurs through one or more of the following: asphyxiation, dehydration, starvation, or (in cold climates) hypothermia and can be slow and very scary.
Necrotizing Fasciitis- The Flesh Eating Bacteria
Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection caused by bacteria. It basically eats away at the skin, fat, and tissue covering the muscles. Necrotizing fasciitis is very rare but grave as 1 out of 4 people who get this infection die from it. The flesh eating bacteria shows its symptoms at first as skin that is red, swollen, and hot to the touch, a fever and chills, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea. The infection can spread quickly and it can rapidly become life-threatening. You may first go into shock, develop extreme tissue damage, organ failure, or worse death.
Freezing to Death
No one has actually ever frozen to death as death strikes long before the body actually freezes, but nonetheless it is one of the worst ways to die and extremely painful. As soon as you come into contact with bitter cold your body will try to insulate itself by moving blood away from the skin and outer extremities, such as fingers and toes, and toward its core for preservation. Frost bite and hypothermia may kick in depending on your body temperature and outdoor temp. As your core body temperature drops you begin to shiver violently from the cold, develop amnesia, lose consciousness, and eventually death will occur from extreme hypothermia.
Suffocation can occur in a number of ways, but for the majority of those who fear death by suffocation, the act of restricting air by covering the mouth and nose with a hand, pillow, or a plastic bag is one of the worst and freakiest ways to die. Suffocation can also occur by smothering, compression of the torso, carbon monoxide inhalation (such as from a car exhaust), contact with certain chemicals (such as phosgene), a seizure or sleeping condition which stops breathing activity, or it can be self-induced hyperventilation, as in shallow water or the choking game.