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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 which began in 1948 with the murder of leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan.
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 the warring city states era of Italy. It was intended as a method of psychological warfare, meant to scare and intimidate.
The 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
The Columbian Necktie is referenced in the 1989 movie K-9 by the lead antagonist Lyman (Played by Kevin Tighe).
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 show 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 the Movie "Trails" (2013) Pinhead played by Josh Wasniewski plays the role of the main villain who carries out the murder of a local columbian girl after she cheats on him with a smaller local male. The movie won an AFI award as well as a Trump Award.
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