Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Guillotine Execution (VIDEO)

WARNING: Proceed at your own risk! Someone emailed me the link to this 17 second clip of a “real guillotine execution.” And while the date and place is unknown it’s still a fascinatingly horrific view of the cold efficiency this death contraption possessed, (just don’t expect me to post many other disturbing REAL clips like this.)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

BRUTAL. YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE THE BLADE CONNECT BUT THE WAY HIS ENTIRE BODY MOVES AS IT STRIKES LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THE BLADE MAYBE COULD HAVE BEEN SHARPER.

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Anonymous said...

Its wild how they just throw him into the guillotine and let it rip. Its all done so quickly. Even how he rolls off afterwards and right into what I assume is his coffin. Cold efficiency indeed.

Karswell said...

I found this bit of info on wikipedia which could be exactly what we're watching here:

"The last public guillotining was of Eugène Weidmann, who was convicted of six murders. He was beheaded on June 17, 1939, outside the prison Saint-Pierre rue Georges Clemenceau 5 at Versailles, which is now the Palais de Justice. The allegedly scandalous behaviour of some of the onlookers on this occasion, and an incorrect assembly of the apparatus, as well as the fact it was secretly filmed, caused the authorities to decide that executions in the future were to take place in the prison courtyard."

To read more about the guillotine check this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillotine

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for an interesting article on "living heads."

Horror pariah said...

I love gruesome decapitations as much as the next guy,but....damn...

Anonymous said...

Fascinating link! The entry about Dr. Beaurieux's experiments on Henri Languille right after his beheading is so creepy I'm sure I'll have nightmares tonight.


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Karswell said...

Your welcome?

Mar said...

It's not his body moving from the impact of the blade. If you look closely you can see that this guillotine has a mechanical system that rolls the condemned person into the coffin. Its connected to the blade mechanism. I'm not totally sure of how it works. Its the thing he's lying on that levers up to one side and throws him in the coffin. Clever, gruesome to the extreme, but clever.

Obrecht said...

Incorrect. The condemned was rolled into the basket by the executioner's assistants, not by a device attached to the falling of the blade. In this case the tipping board was incorrectly assembled (which is why you've formed this assumtion) and the execution took a lot longer than was usual. As mentioned above this is a film of the last public guillotining in France in 1939. The last French guillotining of all was in September 1977 at Marseilles.

Anonymous said...

Well, I see censorship is alive and well. Video removed under terms of service. What are terms of service? I guess whatever one individual says they are.