Dr. Guillotin— The Enlightened Executioner

Head chopping machine named after man who hated corporal punishment

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. Image from History.com

It was 25th April, 1792. A spring day. A crowd had gathered to marvel at the new executioner’s toy. A sharp blade that would swiftly descend in one motion severing a head from its owner’s torso.

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