Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Cruel & Unusual Punishment
The Garotte
The Garotte
Used in Spain for hundreds of years, the garotte is an efficient means of execution by asphyxiation. In an earlier version, the victim was tied to a stake and a loop of rope was placed around his/her neck. A rod in the loop was turned until the rope tightened, choking the victim. In later versions, the stake was replaced with a chair in which the victim was bound, and the rope was replaced with a metal collar. Until 1940, Spain implemented a version of the garotte which included a metal spike which was driven into the spinal cord as the collar tightened.

Pictured is a 1901 execution of a prisoner at Bilibid Prison in Manila, Philippines. Garotting was outlawed in the Philippines in 1902.

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