A Medico-Legal Perspective on the Practice of Garrotting

Yitna, YG & Le Roux-Kemp, A "A Medico-Legal Perspective on the Practice of Garrotting" Medico-Legal Journal (2011) Vol 79(1) 15-25.

11 Pages Posted: 28 May 2014

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Yitna Yitna

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Andra le Roux-Kemp

Lincoln Law School, University of Lincoln (UK)

Date Written: May 27, 2010

Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide some insight into the method and manifestations of garrotting as a particular form of ligature strangulation and asphyxiation. Starting with the history of this gruesome activity and the technique, the act and the instruments employed and the development and transformation of this practice in different countries and in particular in Spain, where the practice was widely used – if not actually originating there – and India, Latin America and the UK. In light of their historical significance, specific reference is made to the thuggees of India and the “London Garrotting Panics” at the beginning of the 19th century. The subsequent discussion focus on present manifestations of garrotting as a form of ligature strangulation and reference is made to relevant practical, investigative and medico-legal considerations in handling cases of this nature, and observations pertaining to offender characteristics.

Keywords: Garrotting; Ligature Strangulation; Asphyxiation; Medico-Legal

Suggested Citation

Yitna, Yitna and le Roux-Kemp, Andra, A Medico-Legal Perspective on the Practice of Garrotting (May 27, 2010). Yitna, YG & Le Roux-Kemp, A "A Medico-Legal Perspective on the Practice of Garrotting" Medico-Legal Journal (2011) Vol 79(1) 15-25.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2442209

Yitna Yitna

International Organization for Migration (IOM) ( email )

17, Route des Morillons
Geneva 19, 1211
Switzerland

Andra Le Roux-Kemp (Contact Author)

Lincoln Law School, University of Lincoln (UK) ( email )

Lincoln LN2
United Kingdom

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