Anatole Deibler

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Anatole Deibler
Anatole Deibler 1900
Anatole Deibler in 1900
Born Anatole Deibler
29 November 1863
Rennes
Died 2 February 1939
Paris
Nationality French
Occupation executioner
Deibler and his assistants carry out the execution of a member of a criminal gang known as the Chauffeurs de la Drome, Valence, Drôme, 22 September 1909

Anatole Deibler (29 November 1863 (Rennes) - 2 February 1939 (Paris)) was a French executioner. Succeeding his father 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 [1]. 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.

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  • 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.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Louis-Antoine-Stanislas Deibler
Chief Executioner of the French Republic
1899 – 1939
Succeeded by
Jules-Henri Desfourneaux