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The last public execution by guillotine

Eugen Weidmann is the name of last person executed by guillotine in France. It happened in 1939 and the “hysterical behavior” of the spectators had such a big impact on President Albert Lebrun, that he immediately banned all public executions.

The scene of Weidmann decapitation, sentenced to death for kidnapping, robbery and murder, was shot in secret from an apartment located near the prison Saint-Pierre, Versailles.

Eugene Weidmann, a German native, was recently incarcerated in his homeland, for robbery. Later, along with two accomplices, whom he met during his detention, he began to kidnap rich tourists, who were visiting France. Often, however, his victims end up shot in the back of their neck.

Guillotine in France continued until 1977, but only in a private setting.

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