The cross used for an uncommon form of crucifixion. Rarely seen in any period in history other than the Middle Ages, and even then it was uncommon. The form for the Cross is not actually a cross at all. Rather, it is a square shape, modified depending on the height of the person being crucified. Within the square are three beams. One is horizontal, and goes directly across the middle of the square. The other two are placed diagonally, forming an “X” shape. The victim is placed spread eagle on the Cross, and his arms and legs are nailed onto the beams. A long, usually wood, pole is beneath the Cross, which allows a person or persons to carry the Cross around with them, displaying the victim around the place where he was being executed. The victim was still alive as the people were hauling him across town, and other citizens were allowed to spit, insult, and otherwise degrade the offender. The normal cause of death, just as in normal crucifixion, was suffocation.
Being nailed to Tivadar's Cross is one of the most humiliating forms of capital punishment known to man.
by Jerry October 26, 2004