Soulfikar was the personal executioner of Mahomet IV during the Ottoman Empire and killed up to three people every day for five years - he killed at least 4,000 people and threw their bodies into the Bosphorus. 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: yet Soufliker never lost a race and still had the strength to strangle every victim he beat at the race.
- ↑ History of the Ottoman Turks
- ↑ The Passing of the Turkish Empire in Europe
- ↑ The Ottoman Empire’s Life-or-Death Race