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Last Public Guillotine Execution 1939 Beginning in 1793, death by guillotine was the official method of capital punishment in France. Public executions were the norm and attracted large, enthusiastic crowds. The last criminal to be publicly executed in France was multiple murderer Eugen Weidmann who lost his head on June 17, 1939. His execution was clandestinely filmed by a spectator from his apartment window. (This photo is a frame of that film.) The wild exuberance of the crowd prompted the French government to cease all further public executions. Still, the death penalty remained on the books in France until 1981. The last guillotine customer was torture-murderer Hamida Djandoubi who assumed room temperature, away from the eyes of the public, on September 10, 1977.
Tags: capital  punishment  guillotine  France 
Added: 12th May 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2009-05-12 
I often wonder if this cut down on crime?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-05-12 
Giving a whole new meaning to the term 'currently unattached.'
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-05-12 
Well, it certainly cut down on this guy committing any further crimes--which is the whole idea.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-05-13 
Public executions were the most common form of public entertainment in Europe in the past. The executions took place just after Sunday church services.

In the modern era we have something a little less gruesome as Sunday entertainment: it's called pro wrestling.
Posted by: TheSaint on 2009-05-13 
Cheaper than cable :)
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