Anatole Deibler in 1900
29 November 1863
|Died||2 February 1939|
Anatole Deibler (29 November 1863 (Rennes) - 2 February 1939 (Paris)) was a French executioner. Succeeding his father, Louis-Antoine-Stanislas Deibler, as the lead French executioner, he participated in the execution of 395 criminals during his 54-year career. During his 40 years as lead executioner he was responsible for 299 beheadings. He is considered one of the most famous French executioners. This is due to the fact that most of his executions were public and were widely reported by the media. The advent of the camera made him somewhat of a celebrity. He represented an institution that did not fit in with the current time: the medieval beheading in more modern time with cars, technology and mass media.
- Cora Lynn Deibler: Anatole Deibler, Last Public Executioner in France. 2011.
- Geoffrey Abbott: Execution: A Guide to the Ultimate Penalty. Summersdale Publishers Ltd, 2012.
- Carnets d'exécutions, 1885–1939, Anatole Deibler, présentés et annotés par Gérard A. Jaeger, Éditions L'Archipel, Paris 2004.
- Robert Frederick Opie: Guillotine: The Timbers of Justice. The History Press The Mill, Gloucestershire 2013.
Notes and references
- Letter from Paris, The New York, February 18, 1939
- Photo from 1923, criminalwisdom.tumblr.com
- Must Keep On Beheading People as Long as He Lives, The Milwaukee Sentinel, January 22, 1939
| Chief Executioner of the French Republic
1899 – 1939
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