Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Garrotte

It had an iron collar that had an iron on its rear which penetrated the cervical vertebrae in a way that the convict died both for asphyxiation and because the spinal cord was crushed. The device has a Spanish name because the Spaniards improved this torturing method and made it become “the official instrument of capital punishment.” This instrument remained in use until 1975, when the last person who was executed was a young student who turned out to be innocent.

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