How to Tie a Hangman’s Noose Knot

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Last Updated on January 6, 2021

For years I have been fascinated with hanging. Yes, I realize how morbid that sounds, and no I never tortured animals or smaller children in my youth or any other time for that matter. I am talking about the hanging you see in old western movies where bad guys are dealt with at the end of a trial. The act of hanging is both brutal and efficient. The quickness of someone simply taking a short fall into oblivion almost makes the act itself a little less horrific – that is if you can discount the cause of their actual demise and overlook the sound that must accompany their bodies reaching the end of the rope as it were.

I may get some push back on this post, but there are times when I feel our justice system is too complicated, corrupt, and doesn’t do one thing that it was designed to do and that acts as a deterrent. Trials go on for years, appeals spawn other appeals, and the whole time we are paying for criminals to get an education, to have access to the internet, to workout, and learn other crimes. In some cases, a simple length of rope would be faster, more efficient, infinitely cheaper, and would bring back the public execution that surely would act as a deterrent again. Nothing like watching some bad men hung in the public square to make you think twice about killing someone.

Before I get the angry emails about how many people have been found innocent and are exonerated by DNA evidence let me clarify what I am referring to. I realize that the death sentence isn’t applicable for every crime and I am not suggesting otherwise. I am not advocating we round up some people we think are guilty and find a tall oak tree. I am also not advocating any violence against any person for any reasons other than the proper (community agreed) dispensation of justice after a fair, open, and legitimate trial by elected representatives. I am not advocating lynching or terrorizing anyone with this post.

On the other hand in a TEOTWAWKI world which is one we frequently hypothesize about on The Prepper Journal and other survival blogs –  if we are to have some semblance of order we will have to have justice. If society and our framework of government are destroyed, who will dispense with justice? Will we have jails for someone to serve life in prison? Who would pay for that to happen in the first place if we are all scratching to survive? If the grid ever collapses, one way to prevent violence or brutality is to punish those who visit violence upon our community. Hanging might make a comeback.

This is all a theoretical exercise I know but for anyone who was curious like me of how to tie a hangman’s noose, I found the following video.  If nothing else, you can learn how to tie this famous knot. You never know if you will need to use it one day.


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A coworker of mine studying law informed me about the “classical law enforcement model” and how our system no longer follows it. In the classical model deterrent is key and efficient/timely use of resources is the major player when it comes to deterrent. To be efficient and therefore an effective deterrent, citizens are supposed to know what constitutes a crime and what the penalties are. The justice process is also supposed to be quick with a clearly defined and appropriate/proportional punishment being enacted shortly after judgement. These things are believed to be a deterrent because the average person could not… Read more »

Pat Henry

My thoughts exactly. In a grid-down world mob rule will be the first reaction I believe and it might even be impossible to stop vigilante types of behavior until things have calmed to a point. Or it could go the other way and our society will still cling to some sense of normalcy way past the point of reason and people reject acting in a way that could preserve some form of law and order out of apathy. I have been trying to read the tealeaves for years and so much of what has been predicted is happening, but its… Read more »


Not crazy at all. I think the slow creep is most likely because it is designed to be that way. Whoever’s pulling the strings doesn’t want a flash point to unite all the citizenry. If Martial Law were declared tomorrow ‘just because’ or without any form of massive problem as justification then every gun-toting patriot from Bangor to LA would rise up and brutally fight back. As it stands, too many of us have weapons, too many know the spirit of the law, and not enough redundant safeties are in place for the powers-that-be to assure themselves victory. Once we… Read more »


Morbidity aside, I use the hangmans knot to hook up a swing for the kids. They do not always have to be terminal.

Pat Henry

I know there have to be other uses. I have heard these used for fishing hooks also, but that seems a little complicated. I just used the 3 square knot rule on my fishing lures…


Also an interesting aside, I was told by an old Corporal of mine who came across us screwing around with rope making lassos during some down time on the tank ramp that if you make a noose with 13 knots it signifies you’re out for racist lynching.

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