In Boston garroting was common, and was only checked by Judge Russell sentencing all such subjects to the full extent of the law.
And they would know they were garroting a man, and not a weakling!
Mackenzie writhed and struggled, groping on the floor for something to strike Carlson with and break his garroting grip.
A "barbarous" whipping of the bare back was resorted to, and garroting subsided.
To the question about having assisted in garroting Squire Brooks, he first said, I didnt do it.
also garrotte, 1620s, "Spanish method of capital punishment by strangulation," from Spanish garrote "stick for twisting cord," of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French guaroc "club, stick, rod, shaft of a crossbow," probably ultimately Celtic, but possibly from Frankish *wrokkan "to twist" (cf. Middle Dutch wroken "to twist").
I have no hesitation in pronouncing death by the garrot, at once the most manly, and the least offensive to the eye. [Major John Richardson, "British Legion," 1837]
"to execute with a garrote," 1851, from garrote (n.); sense of "choke and then rob" is from 1852. Related: Garotted; garotting.