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Used in various forms to execute criminals and heretics, the simplest form consisted of an upright plank with a hole drilled through containing a rope which would be pulled to choke the victim to death.

Later refinements included an iron collar which was drawn backwards to asphyxiate the victim, or a leather strap which held the head in position as a sharpened screw bored into the back of the neck, severing the spinal cord.


Trivia & Comment

The term garrotte was perhaps derived from the Old French word for ‘cudgel’ – the wooden bar that was originally used to twist and tighten the rope around the neck.

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