I’ve been reading about the Natalee Holloway Resource Center that opened on June 8th in the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC. That reminded me of several trips that I took to the German town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber which has something called the Criminal Museum. I am putting up the photos that I took in the Museum. Click on the photos to see a larger size.
The Criminal Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is located in the former seminary of the Order of St. John; right next to it is St. John’s church which is now modern inside.
The Criminal Museum has four stories of displays that cover 2000 square feet. In the basement are displays of torture instruments such as the rack.
In the lobby of the building is displayed an Iron Maiden, shown in the photo below.
Shown in the photo below is the building which houses the Criminal Museum, located on the Burggasse in the oldest part of the city of Rothnburg ob der Tauber. On the side of the building is displayed the dunking stool which was used to punish bakers whose bread was too light. Dishonest bakers were dipped into the well in the Market Place.
A bride who was not a virgin had to wear a headpiece made out of braided straw and she was not permitted to enter the church through the traditional “marriage door.” The photo above shows a small door, less than six feet high, opening into St. Jakob’s Church, which was designated as the marriage door.