Colombian necktie

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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.[1] 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.[2]

The invention of the Colombian necktie is sometimes wrongly attributed to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.[3]

O. J. Simpson murder case[edit]

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.[4][5]

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[edit]

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.

The practise is referred to in the Better Call Saul episode "Mijo".[6]

In the 1986 movie Running Scared, a character is threatened with a Colombian necktie as an antemortem torture.[7]

The phrase is often cited by the hip hop duo M.O.P.,[8] consisting of Lil' Fame and Billy Danze, popular primarily in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Thrash metal band Megadeth mentions it in their song "Sleepwalker" saying "I think you'd look nice in a Colombian necktie."

Punk rock/noise rock band Big Black's 1987 album Songs About Fucking contains a track titled "Colombian Necktie".

Industrial/electronic band Front Line Assembly's 1997 album FLAvour of the Weak contains a track titled "Colombian Necktie".

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Fichtl, Eric (August 2005). "Contested Country: An Examination of Current Propaganda Techniques in the Colombian Civil War". Colombia Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  3. ^ Bowden, Mark (2001). "Chapter 1". Killing Pablo. Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 0-87113-783-6. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Testimony On Resnick Drugs Barred". Chicago Tribune. July 13, 1995. 
  5. ^ Robin Clark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER (March 9, 1995). "Simpson Defense Presses Drug Link A Detective Faced A Barrage Of Questions. The Judge Ruled The Defense Can See Some Fuhrman Files". Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  6. ^ Wigler, Josh. "Better Call Saul recap: Mr. McGill meets his new ‘Mijo’". Digital Trends. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
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  8. ^ Grinnage, Jamal. "4 Alarm Blaze". Album: First Family 4 Life. 

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