A Colombian necktie (Spanish: corbata colombiana or corte corbata) is a form of post-mortem mutilation consisting of a deep incision under the victim's chin, through which the tongue is extracted and displayed over the neck, as if wearing a very short necktie. It originated in Colombia during the period of political violence known as La Violencia, as a method of psychological warfare, meant to scare and intimidate.
O. J. Simpson murder case
During the trial of O. J. Simpson in 1994, an alternate murderer theory claimed hitmen murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The theory supposes that the hitmen were hired by drug dealers to whom Faye Resnick owed money.
Evidence was presented that a Colombian necklace, a variation where the executed are killed by a horizontal slash at the throat and the tongue is not drawn through the wound, is often employed by Colombian drug dealers. Judge Ito barred this admission of testimony.
In popular culture
In the premiere season of the television series The Bridge, on an episode entitled "ID", the serial killer executes a Colombian necktie on a victim. Sonya speculates the reason for doing this was to have the victim "killed like a 'narco'" for selling prescriptions for oxycontin.
Thrash Metal band Megadeth mentions it in their song Sleepwalker saying "I think you'd look nice in a Colombian necktie."
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- The dictionary definition of colombian necktie at Wiktionary