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Contrasted to the Officers Cell next door, the Condemned Slaves cell had no windows and had a solid wood and steel door. Whilst not as air tight as the Condemned Slaves cell at Cape Coast, most slaves here died of starvation and dehydration. No one left this cell alive.
The Officers Cell had a barred gate and windows. Soldiers were sent here for a few days for transgressions such as breaking curfew or getting too drunk. No one is recorded to have died inside the Officers Cell.
Women who had refused the sexual advances of their captors were chained to this ball in the main courtyard outside the women's dungeon in the sun with no water or food.
The Condemned Cell was guarded and locked by 3 heavily fortified doors. Once all closed, they effectively cut off air supply to the Cell. Apparently the main cause of death was asphyxiation.
Condemned slaves sent to the Cell to die would scratch the walls in desperation. Similar scratchings have apparently been found in the walls of the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
Whilst the governors and priests of the castle were buried in dignified graves inside the castle's inner quad, any slaves who died either from malnutrition, disease or in the condemned chambers were thrown onto these rocks for the gulls and fish.
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