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Pictured above is a Execution of six men by Garrote vil in Puerto Rico soon after US occupation in the aftermath of the Spanish American War. A Spanish form of execution the garrote was maintained for several years under US rule, even gaining the approval of the US military American military governor George Davis who declared in a letter to William Mckinley "that execution by the garrotte is far less inhumane and revolting than execution by hanging". Changes to the penal code saw executions moved within prison walls within a couple years and the method of execution changed to hanging, which continued until the abolition of capital punishment in Puerto Rico in the late 1920s. The Garrote vil continued to be used in Spain until the end of Franco’s rule in the mid 1970s.
The convicted men on the platform were part of a group of brigands (a common problem at the time) who in addition to robbing and murdering a man "assaulted his wife and daughters, and forced them to join in dancing around his dead body".