Disembowelment and other methods of intimidation and torture were intended to frighten civilian peasants at a local level into cooperating with the Viet Cong or discourage them from cooperating with the South Vietnamese Army or its allies. A person, usually a child, can suffer a similar injury if a heavy weight is applied directly over the abdomen. Even later the knife was just a simple formality and the swordsman would decapitate before the subject could reach for it. Roman statesman Cato the Younger committed suicide in Utica , after his side lost to Caesar , by plunging a knife in his own gut, in the dead of night. The Spartan king Cleomenes I is reported, in a fit of madness, to have slit his stomach open, and ripped his own bowels out.
Frida. Age: 27.
In early , during the Bucharest pogrom in which Jewish civilians were killed, multiple cases of torture including disembowelment were recorded.
Maya. Age: 26.
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On account of his tragic, highly symbolic suicide, Cato is often termed Uticensis "of Utica" , in order to differentiate him from his homonymous ancestor, Cato "the Elder" or "the Censor". Roman statesman Cato the Younger committed suicide in Utica , after his side lost to Caesar , by plunging a knife in his own gut, in the dead of night. Beschreibung des Herzogthum Steyermarks, Volume 1. For the band, see Disembowelment band.