Why Catharina le Chasseur was forced to drink herself to death

It is a classic story: while travelling abroad, a student from a distinguished family ends up in be…

How the Prison Gate inspired Coornhert to write his book Boeventucht

What causes people to become criminals – and how is it possible to stop being one? During the middl…

How the Prison Gate grew from being an entrance gate into a prison, and later a national museum

In the Prison Gate, you can find out how people were arrested and punished over the centuries. Nowa…

The scaffold as a deterrent spectacle: the 'Groene Zoodje'

Being punished in public: it’s inconceivable these days, but in the past, it was quite common in th…

The guillotine made capital punishment less painful

The guillotine that has been in the Prison Gate since 2016 looks imposing: the sharp blade inside h…

Villains are people, too: why criminal law became more humane over the centuries

Torture, humiliation, mutilation: none of these appear in Dutch criminal law. The instruments of to…

How humiliation, torture and death were used for centuries to punish people

How do you deal with a thief? You cut off one of his hands. Drug dealers should be hanged. Women wh…

Kaat Mossel: from common rioter to heroine

Arrested for rioting: it is a common way to keep aggressive football fans in check. Hooligans are o…