Drawing and quartering
"Drawing and quartering was part of the penalty anciently ordained in England for treason. It is the epitome of "cruel and unusal" punishment and was reserved for traitors because treason was deemed more heinous than murder and other capital crimes.
"Until 1870 the full punishment for the crime was that the culprit be dragged on a hurdle to the place of execution; that he be hanged by the neck but not until he was dead; that he should be disembowelled and his entrails burned before his eyes; that his head be cut off and his body divided into four parts (quartered). Women were generally burned at the stake rather than being subjected to this punishment. There is confusion among modern historians about whether "drawing" referred to the dragging to the place of execution or the disembowelling. "