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A Colombian necktie (Spanish: corbata colombiana) is a method of murder wherein the victim's throat is slashed horizontally, with a knife or other sharp object, and his or her tongue is pulled out through the open wound. Its origin coincides with the outbreak of La Violencia, the Colombian civil war.
The Colombian necktie is sometimes erroneously credited to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, but this infamous method of assassination was documented as early as 1950. It was later found that Cosa Nostra used it 100 years before, in Italy. It was intended 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 season 1, episode 2 of Breaking Bad, Jesse briefly mentions Colombian neckties when contemplating the dangers of releasing Krazy-8, a former business partner who is imprisoned in his basement.
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.
In season 1, episode 19 of Supernatural, Dean makes a remark about a spirit "handing out Colombian neckties like he did with his family." It's referenced again in season 3, episode 16 ("No Rest for the Wicked"), when Dean mentions "[giving] a Colombian necktie to a girl" who's being possessed by a demon.
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