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Soulfikar was the personal executioner of Mahomet IV during the Ottoman Empire[1] and killed up to three people every day for five years - he killed at least 4000 people and threw their bodies into the Bosphorus.[2] A horrific aspect of his "career" is that he never used any instruments of torture and death to do so: he personally strangled each and every victim to death with his bare hands.

As if this was not terrifying enough, if the condemned was a Grand Vizier, it was the custom for Ottoman executioners to race the victims across the royal gardens to the place of execution - if the Grand Vizier won, he would be banished instead of being executed[3]: yet Soufliker never lost a race and still had the strength to strangle every victim he beat at the race.

  1. History of the Ottoman Turks
  2. The Passing of the Turkish Empire in Europe
  3. The Ottoman Empire’s Life-or-Death Race

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