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"Ex-Squeezed", Way to Die #888, is the seventh death to be featured in "Sudden Death", which aired on December 22, 2010.


Thomas Miagh was sentenced to death on the Torture Rack, which was supposed to stretch someone and keep pulling until their joints disconnected. This contraption was designed by the brilliant Sir William Skeffington, who was nicknamed "Scavenger". As he attempted to pull Thomas apart with the rack, he failed because Thomas was a whopping 6'9. Way too big for the rack. Thomas mocks Skevington by saying, "Scavenger. I think you got me in the child size". Then Skevington came up with the idea of instead of pulling someone apart, squeeze them to death. And so, the famous Scavenger's Daughter was born. A metal contraption that had someone crouching in the fetal position, and two metal arms tightened other metal bars on the victims' back, and tightened more and more until death. Thomas was the first victim. As the steel pressed down on Thomas, his back, legs, arms, and ribs broke, and he suffered severe internal hemorrhaging. His lungs compressed as blood squirted from every orifice from his body; it was like squeezing a wet sponge dry. He was brutally squeezed more and more until his neck snapped. Thomas dies as a result, thus sending him to Hell, much to the relief of Sir William Skevington.

"And then...Thomas died."

Cast and Interviewees

  • Blake Arnold - Thomas Miagh (lead: intended victim)
  • Harwood Gordon - Sir William Skevington (lead)
  • Richard Lacovelli - Himself (Torture Historian)

Alternative Names

  • Scavenger's Daughter (Spike TV website)

Segment Description

Description as seen on the Spike TV website

  • "The true story of the Tower of London warden who invented the "Scavenger's Daughter," which compresses the body into a fatal crushing crouch."


  • The death about Scavenger's Daughter was the true story in history.
  • The Scavenger's Daughter wasn't invented by William Skeffington. His son Leonard invented it.
  • William Skeffington was born in 1465 but died in 1535. This death, however, took place in 1581.
  • This is the only death to take place in England