The guillotine declared France’s official means of execution

March 20, 1792 France The guillotine is declared the official means of execution in France Though beheading machines existed before the guillotine, with documentation existing as far back as 1307 in Ireland, the French refined the design and were the first to implement it as an official means of execution. Originally, the machine was dubbed…

French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed

February 28, 1956 Paris, France Émile Buisson (54, pictured at 33 years old) is executed for murder Buisson made his first court appearance at the age of 9 and first served time in jail at the age of 16. From 1947 to 1951, Buisson formed a gang and perpetrated enough crimes to earn himself the…

Family of 6 found mutilated in home

February 9, 1932 Moirax, France Six family members are found mutilated in their home Neighbors became suspicious after seeing Pierre Delafet (alt. spellings: Delafe, Dieulase, Diulafe) traveling on a bicycle on February 7, but none of his family was seen or heard from for the next two days. When they checked on the Delafet family,…