Executions · Famous Last Words · France

FLW: noticing spelling errors on death warrant

Famous Last Words Thomas de Mahy, marquis de Favras Paris, France February 19, 1790 “I see that you have made three spelling mistakes.” De Mahy was executed for “planning against the people of France” by attempting to protect the royal family during the French Revolution. The words most associated with de Mahy’s last statement are… Continue reading FLW: noticing spelling errors on death warrant

France · Political

Anarchist detonates bomb to strike at the wealthy

February 12, 1894 Paris, France  Émile Henry detonated a bomb in a French café, killing one and wounding 20 Henry, an anarchist, was avenging the execution of another anarchist Auguste Vaillant. Henry selected the Café Terminus for his bombing, feeling it represented the bourgeoisie (those in high society and with vast wealth) and intended to… Continue reading Anarchist detonates bomb to strike at the wealthy

Disasters · France

4 men, sewn in costumes, burn to death during party

January 28, 1393 Paris, France Several men, sewn into resin-soaked costumes to resemble shrubbery, are set on fire and are burned alive as "their flaming genitals dropping to the floor" At a masquerade, a suggestion was made for some high-ranking knights to be dressed as "wood savages," sewing them into costumes of linen soaked in… Continue reading 4 men, sewn in costumes, burn to death during party

France · New York · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

Clippings: burning organs of lost loved ones to prevent disease; a sea serpent; a determined suicide

From the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Telegraph Published Friday, January 18, 1867 This article recounts a superstition carried out by family members afflicted by repeated deaths from disease. The bodies of the lost loved ones are exhumed and, if their internal organs were sufficiently preserved, the deceased's heart and lungs are cut out, burned, and the ashes… Continue reading Clippings: burning organs of lost loved ones to prevent disease; a sea serpent; a determined suicide

France

Man kills wife, children, parents to keep a 2 decade lie about his job from being exposed

January 9, 1993 France Jean-Claude Romand, fearing his 18-year lie of claiming to be a doctor is about to be exposed, bludgeons his wife, sleeps next to her body, shoots his kids the following day, and his parents the day after Romand's deceit began by telling people he had passed a medical exam when, in… Continue reading Man kills wife, children, parents to keep a 2 decade lie about his job from being exposed