Anatole Deibler

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Anatole Deibler
Anatole Deibler 1900
Anatole Deibler in 1900
Anatole Deibler

29 November 1863
Died2 February 1939
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, 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.[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