garrotte

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garrotte

, garrote, garotte
1. a Spanish method of execution by strangulation or by breaking the neck
2. the device, usually an iron collar, used in such executions
3. Obsolete strangulation of one's victim while committing robbery
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It was 'cheap and portable' and 'the only weapon capable of instantaneous application when in the grasp of the garotter.
One presumes that, when attacked, the partially insensible victim could still reach for the cord at the front of the weapon and fire at the garotter behind him.
During the winter of 1856, The Times published seven editorials and thirty-one letters on the subject of garotters and how they should be punished.