Dead Bodies in the Painting

Barney R. Cabrera was a 40-year-old man trying to hit it big as an artist. His paintings were not selling, but because he was not a quitter he continued working.

While growing up Barney suffered terrible physical and sexual abuse from his brother and his mother and father. He was locked up in the basement for most of his young life. Up until the day he broke out of the basement and ran away.

He was now homeless living on the streets. He became street smart very quick. Barney turned to a life of crime in order to survive. He made some quick money in order to rent a house in a shady part of town. After he moved in and got settled down and started painting again, he still was doing robberies and now had started selling drugs too in order to survive.

He devised a plan to seek his revenge on those that abused him while he was growing up. The house that he rented had a basement and he turned it into a dungeon. It was dark and practically soundproof. When he got done fixing it up it was soundproof. He decided to put his plan into action and found his brother on a street corner. As he approached he acted like it was great seeing him and all. Barney invited his brother over to his house and when they got there, Barney clubbed him in the head and knocked him unconscious.

He then dragged his brother down the basement steps and into his “torture” room that he had constructed. Barney tied his brother to a table and secured the ropes so his brother could not escape. He then sat down in a chair and lit a cigarette waiting until his brother woke up. His brother woke up cursing because his head was hurting and just realizing that he was tied up on this table. This infuriated him he yelled at Barney to untie him this instance. Barney just laughed an evil laugh and asked his brother if he remembered all the times he had sexually assaulted him when he was younger.

His brother never said a word. Barney said, “well brother it is now my turn to get my revenge for that Hell you put me through.” Barney asked his brother if he ever heard the term Lingchi? His brother didn’t say anything. “Well, let me explain to you what Lingchi is,” Barney said. “Lingchi (Chinese), translated variously as the slow process, the lingering death, or slow slicing, and also known as death by a thousand cuts, was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly 900 CE until it was banned in 1905.”

“This my dear brother is the punishment that I have decided you deserve for what you did to me. But first I think you might need a manicure.” So Barney set a chair down beside the table and grabbed his brother’s hand and stretched out his fingers. He took a pair of pliers and grabbed his brother’s fingernail and preceded to rip it from his finger. Once it was ripped off his finger he poured salt on it and then rubbing alcohol. Barney said, “I wouldn’t want this finger to get infected now, brother.” His brother was screaming as loud as he could but it would fall on deaf ears.

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