Friday, April 17, 2015

Teresa Gómez Rubio, Spainsh Serial Killer Executed in 1954


Spanish sources on the history of the garotte note that the murders occurred between 1940 and 1941, rather than being the result of a single mass poisoning episode.

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FULL TEXT: Madrid, Wed. (O.S.R.) — A woman was executed in Spain yesterday for the first time in 50 years. She was garrotted to death at Valencia. Teresa Gomez (35), a maid-servant, had poisoned five members of a family for whom she worked. Three of them died. At her trial she said she poisoned them because she hated them. Two appeals against her sentence — one direct to General Franco — were rejected. She died courageously, watched by 10 persons.

[“Poisoner Executed By Garrotting In Spain,” The Sun (New Castle, Australia), Feb. 17, 1954, p. 3]

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The garotte (or garrotte) was the standard civilian method of execution in Spain. It was introduced in 1812/13, at the beginning of the reign of Ferdinand VII, to replace the crude form of hanging previously used. Garotting appears to have developed from the early Chinese form of execution known as the bow-string. The criminal was tied to an upright post with two holes bored in it through which the ends of a cord from a long bow were passed and pulled tight round the neck by the executioner until the condemned strangled.  In the Spanish version, the prisoner was seated on top of a short post with his back to the main post and a rope loop was placed round his neck and around the post. The executioner twisted a stick inserted in the loop to tighten the rope and strangle the prisoner. Capital Punishment UK (http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/garrotte.html)

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