The Guillotine Was Still Around In The Late 1900s

The Guillotine Was Still Around In The Late 1900s

On September 10, 1977, Hamida Djandoubi became the last person to be executed by guillotine in France. Djandoubi had been convicted of torturing and murdering his girlfriend, and his sentence was carried out by Marcel Chevalier, France's chief executioner. Public outcry against the guillotine only rose after his death, and in 1981, France abolished the death penalty entirely.

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    Dr. Gabriel Beaurieux attested that the eyes of a newly severed head looked up at him after he called the executed man's name. (0:33)

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    Dr. Sergio Canavero has proposed a method for a head transplant that would involve decapitation. (2:16)

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