One thing that’s easy to notice when visiting gore sites is that humans are exceptionally creative when it comes to inflicting pain and suffering on another. Executions are no exception. As if killing a human being was not good enough, some came with ideas to preceed death with unendurable agony. Introducing necklacing – an execution artform that delivers 20 minutes of unimaginable anguish before it turns victims into crispy barbeque of dead flesh.
As you can see form the photos below, necklacing executions are carried out by putting a tire around victims body, the tire is filled with flammable substance – usually a gasoline – and set on fire. As you can imagine, the fuel filled tire bursts into huge flames instantly, delivering severe burns to the body of the victim right away. Even though the name of Necklacing implies decorating victim with a tire that’s put around their neck, this would be slightly ineffective as upon bursting the victim would impulsively remove it from there. Hence the tire is stretched around victim’s chest, usually over one and under another arm – as seen in a small photo in the gallery below.
Necklacing executions are most commonly practised in Africa, most notably in South Africa where it was first photographed by the Bang Bang Club Photojournalist Kevin Carter in the 1980’s – I think some of the photos below are the ones he took. However executions by necklacing are also common in Brazil, but they tend to refer to is as microwaving (microondas) and other bonus, crime ridden countries like Haiti, India or Sri Lanka. Other African countries with known history of necklacing executions are Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.
Victims executed by necklacing are usually killed without trial, often based on nothing more but the community’s belief that there is something wrong with them (witchcraft suspicion), or that they had committed a crime. Victims of South African necklacing executions during Apartheid were mostly those suspected of working for white people or otherwise supporting white’s ideology. Those victims were also lynched while they were burning with a tire on fire around their necks.
Gallery of necklacing execution photos is below: