Colombian necktie

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A Colombian necktie (Spanish: corbata colombiana), is a post-mortem mutilation used in South America wherein the victim's throat would be slashed horizontally, with a knife or other sharp object, and his or her tongue pulled out through the open wound.

The Colombian necktie is sometimes credited to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. However, it appeared decades earlier, during La Violencia (1948–1958), as a method of psychological warfare, meant to scare and intimidate.[1][2]

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 Brown Simpson's friend and sometime houseguest Faye Resnick owed money.[3][4]

Evidence was presented that a Colombian necktie, a variation where the executed are killed by a horizontal slash at the throat and the tongue is drawn through the wound, is often employed by Colombian drug dealers. Judge Ito barred this admission of testimony.

In popular culture[edit]

Film and Television[edit]

  • In the film, Running Scared (1986), Chicago crime lord Julio Gonzales is confronted by two cops trying to arrest him and says "You know what a Colombian necktie is? That's when I cut your throat from ear to ear, then I stick your tongue through the slit, leave it dangling and watch you squirm."
  • In the movie, Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017), a variation of the Colombian necktie is described, the "Belarusian bow tie". In this variation the victim's testicles are cut off, stuffed down his throat, and subsequently pulled out through two incisions on the throat
  • In season 2, episode 13 of The PJs, titled "The Jeffersons", Sanchez recommends faking Thurgood's death with a Colombian necktie.
  • In Code of Silence, gangster Luis Comacho (played by Henry Silva) tells cop Eddie Cusack (Chuck Norris) that he will give him a Colombian necktie as a gift one day and it will look beautiful on him. Also in this film was a victim of war between gangsters, who had been given a Colombian necktie.
  • In season 3 episode 11 of Z Nation ("Doc's Angels") Annie mentions that one of her previous husbands was killed by the Colombian necktie pre-apocalypse.
  • In Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episode 7 ("The Writing On the Wall") a drink called a Colombian necktie is mentioned to Grant Ward in a pub in Boston, while he is on the run from both his brother and S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Colombian necktie is referenced in the 1989 film K-9 by the lead antagonist's right-hand man Dillon (played by Sherman Howard).
  • In the eleventh episode of Hannibal, titled "Rôti", Colombian neckties were given by Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Dr. Abel Gideon.
  • 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.
  • A reference to this mutilation is also made in Vince Gilligan's later work, Better Call Saul, in Season 1, Episode 2, wherein Tuco Salamanca threatens to give Colombian neckties to Jimmy's skateboarding companions after the trio attempt a botched hit-and-run scam on his grandmother, followed by insulting her.
  • The Colombian necktie is also mentioned in the Modern Family episode "When Good Kids Go Bad".
  • In the premiere season of the television series The Bridge, in an episode entitled "ID", the serial killer executes a Colombian necktie on a victim. Sonya speculates that 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 is referenced again in season 3, episode 16 ("No Rest for the Wicked"), when Dean mentions "[giving] a Colombian necktie to a girl" who is being possessed by a demon.
  • In season 1, episode 18 of Prison Break, T-Bag makes a remark about "ending up with a Colombian necktie" if he gets caught cheating in a gambling game with the other prisoners.
  • In season 4, episode 12 of MacGyver, titled "The Challenge", it is said that Booker is killed via the Colombian necktie.
  • In season 1, episode 8 of Game of Thrones, titled "The Pointy End", Khal Drogo kills Mago with a Colombian necktie.
  • In season 1, episode 1 of F Is for Family, titled "The Bleedin' in Sweden", Frank Murphy threatens a bible seller with a Colombian Necktie.
  • In season 1, episode 5 of Fariña, Braulio is found with a Colombian necktie in the driver's seat of a stranded speedboat.


  • The Australian band I Killed The Prom Queen released a song named "Your Shirt Would Look Better With A Colombian Necktie" in 2006.[5]
  • The phrase is often cited by the hip-hop duo M.O.P.,[6] consisting of Lil' Fame and Billy Danze, popular primarily in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Thrash metal band Megadeth mentions it in the song "Sleepwalker", in the line "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".
  • One of the titular "dirty deeds" from the AC/DC song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is "neckties". Listed alongside other methods of murder, it is potentially a reference to a Colombian necktie.
  • Hollywood Undead's "Dead Bite" mentions "you got a first class ticket to Columbian neckties".
  • "Tar" by Scott Walker namechecks the Colombian necktie.
  • Eminem mentions the Columbian necktie on the Revival song "chloraseptic" in the line, "Talking reckless, but it's just my strongest suit, but you can get my Colombian necktie"[7]


  • In John le Carré's 1993 novel The Night Manager, Dr Paul Apostoll, a lawyer for a Colombian drug cartel, and his mistress were both given Colombian neckties as punishment for Apostoll informing on his bosses to intelligence agencies.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Bowden, Mark (2001). "Chapter 1". Killing Pablo. Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 0-87113-783-6. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  3. ^ "Testimony On Resnick Drugs Barred". Chicago Tribune. July 13, 1995.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ I Killed the Prom Queen
  6. ^ Grinnage, Jamal. "4 Alarm Blaze". Album: First Family 4 Life.
  7. ^ Eminem (Ft. PHresher) – Chloraseptic, retrieved 2018-02-23
  8. ^ le Carré, John (1993). The Night Manager (1 ed.). London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-679-42513-6.

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