Part - 1 If I could convince anyone (especially people in law enforcement) of one thing, it is this: The piece of evidence in JonBenets death that everyone keeps referring to as a garrote is not a garrote. Let me say that again to make sure at least everyone who reads this knows what Im saying... There was no garrote found on JonBenets neck! There are two types of garrotes. One was an execution device used years ago (beginning in the early 1600s until the last century) by Spain. It consisted of a seat where the condemned was constrained, and around his neck a metal strap was placed which was attached to a device that tightened it until he was strangled to death. It was not intended to be a quick death -- it was a means of a slow, torturous death. See examples here: http://diretesydim.es/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/Garrote.JPG http://www.1947project.com/tags/garrote http://www.medievality.com/garrotte.html The other type of garrote is an assassination tool. It has even been issued to American Special Forces members serving in other countries. It was effective because it is small, silent, and deadly (No jokes here, okay?). It consists of a length of usually flexible wire (think piano wire), or less commonly, cord. On either end is either a stick of some sort (or handle) to be held in each hand, a ring for holding on a single finger in each hand, or in some cases a ball that could be grasped in the palms. Ever see the movie Marathon Man with Dustin Hoffman? In it, his brother (played by Roy Scheider) is some sort of secret agent. In one scene, he is attacked by an assassin who uses a garrote. You can see the scene here: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asGnaw3vSCU"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asGnaw3vSCU[/ame]. Be forewarned, it is bloody and violent; but as an added bonus for the ladies, you get to see Scheider doing pushups in his skivvies at the beginning of the clip. Examples of assassin garrotes can be seen here: http://www.hayesotoupalik.com/U.S. Clandestine Items.htm (Items 001013 Ring type, and 000894 Stick type) http://www.flickr.com/photos/90927002@N00/2320060516/in/photostream/ http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b286/AirkatKnives/Other Knives/Garrote1.jpg How it is used here: http://www.donrearic.com/images/garrottev5.jpg The pictures we have all seen of what was found attached to JonBenets neck was not used to strangle her. Think about the mechanics of how that would have been done. The only way it could have been used would be to hold the stick and pull; but then her body would have to at the same time be pushed away to overcome the force of the knot holding the cord. Could that have been the case? Possibly, but not very likely, and certainly not very effectively. Not nearly as effective as simply wrapping the cord one time around the neck and pulling in opposite directions if (and this is very important) if strangulation was the intent. What I read that some people say is that the stick was used to twist the cord around her neck. Ask yourself this: How would that be done? If the stick on the end of a 17-inch long piece of cord was twisted until it started tightening the loop around the neck, the person would be twisting it for longer than it took Mary Lacy to find out that John Karr was just an oddball kook who had absolutely nothing to do with JonBenets death. The other way that the stick could have been used to tighten the cord would be by placing it under the knotted loop around her neck and twisting it like a tourniquet. But then, if that were done, when the stick was removed it would have left the neck loop loose where it had been -- not to mention the fact that the knot around the middle of the stick would have served no purpose and would actually have hindered using it as a tourniquet type device. Think about this, check out the links, and add your comments. Ill add more when I have the chance later.