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Is death by guillotine painless?

The guillotine was originally designed to be a “humane and instant” form of execution — that is, if used correctly. If the blade was properly cleaned, the death would be pretty much instant.

There are claims from the French Revolution that victims would stay alive up to a minute after being beheaded, but these sources are unreliable at best. Further, nerves connecting the brain to the other parts of the body would certainly have been severed, so even in the unlikely case that a victim did survive, it wouldn’t have been painful.

However, as the guillotine was chosen as the national mode of execution during the French Revolution, it saw many, many executions per day. Often, it wasn’t cleaned properly after an execution, leaving blood on the blade. Thus, the first strike wouldn’t cut cleanly, leaving it to be used again or for the victim to bleed to death. That would have certainly been a horrible death, which many of those in the French Revolution experienced.


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254 Comments
lxixwithu
That would make a fine punishment for child molesters.
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Jun 29, 2018 4:58PM
Pamela Spallin
My question is. Why was it so necessary in the first place? The death itself may not have been painful but waiting for it would be dreadful ,horrible and painful
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Jun 29, 2018 4:42PM
rbettis
Why is it we always hear the Bleeding Hearts when it comes to those being executed for the crimes they committed. Some How the Victim is always forgotten. Possible that is the problem with the Bleeding Heart Judicial System we now have in the United States? I have a hard time understanding how Cutting Heads off is barbaric when Plan Parent Hood helps murder Hundreds of Thousands of unborn Babies annually that never had a chance in life , paid for by our Tax Dollars, While most Criminals get far better care in Jails than most Senior Citizens get in Rest Homes..
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Jul 24, 2018 10:38PM
Phyllis Jenkins Bertin
"An eye for an eye." Penalty of death might make those child rapists and murderers think before acting. There are less painful ways to get rid of the dregs of the earth, but I don't think we, the taxpayers, should have to feed and house those low lifes for a time, before they are 'rehabilitated' and released into the general population. Just get rid of them . . . bring back the death penalty. .!!
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Oct 21, 2018 12:09PM
Thomas Gluszk
Great for child molesters
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Sep 23, 2018 1:53PM
Richard Kosack
To commit a crime so heinous as to deserve the death penalty doesn’t qualify for consequent humane treatment.
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Jul 19, 2018 4:31PM
Richard Jamieson
I think a show of hands is necessary to verify if it is indeed humane. Everyone who has been executed this way should raise their hands of its humane. But a nod or a wink works also. Lol
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Jul 19, 2018 3:50AM
Jess Ray Orndorff
Pamela Spallin, and I wonder if the people they killed or raped if they suffered a waiting what was to come. As far as making it painless the hell with that. Did they make it painless for the victim? In Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood he wrote perbatim what the prosecuting attorney said in his closing statement. It sums it up pretty good. "Those who showed no mercy for their victims now ask for yours. Those who shed no tears for their victims now ask for yours. Those who showed no leniency for their victims now ask for yours. Those who had no compassion or empathy for their victims now ask for yours."
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Nov 6, 2018 4:35PM
Joe Mangan
weathernco, the less people know the more adamant they are.
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Oct 19, 2021 6:01PM
JohnnyRoulette
Phyllis Jenkins Bertin, you pay more to execute a prisoner than to give them life without parole. That’s a fact. So that part of any argument is nonsense. So is deterrent. It isn’t one. Most killers are unstable, or arrogant enough to think they’ll get caught, or in such a state of rage or pain that there is no thought for consequences. It’s revenge. And that’s fine, just call it that. And mete out the justice fairly. It shouldn’t be a punishment largely given to the poor. Rich boys rarely get it for the same crimes.
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Oct 15, 2021 11:06PM
bonnieamir
Peggy Layton, Some terrorist groups still do!
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Oct 7, 2021 4:34PM
george taylor
ought to be bought back into service
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Oct 6, 2021 4:45AM
Peggy Layton
I think it must have been an horrific way of death .Ofcourse the people who died straight away ,cannot tell us what it was like ( thank goodness ) so there is a fair amount of guess work . For me the worst part would have been the time leading up to it ,and the dreadful hysterical and overwhelming thoughts and feelings .The Japanese used to execute prisoners the same way with Samuri swords ,how barbaric .
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Sep 11, 2021 6:36PM
Alana King
What is known about the guillotine is that the straight angle blade was a modification that was designed by the very king it would eventually be used to kill, in Louis XVI.
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Sep 4, 2021 11:33PM
Brian Hipskind
No and hanging is not
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Sep 2, 2021 4:56PM
Dean Boyd
Anyone looking for a definitive answer to this question is a moron! I would suggest that the only person who could accurately answer this question would be someone who has died by this method and I shouldn't think that they would be able to provide an answer anytime soon.
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Sep 1, 2021 9:44AM
John Edward Boyle
What comes after death may be much more painful than the method of being put to death.
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Aug 23, 2021 9:14AM
Gloria Weinberg
Ugh, terrible contraction🥺
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Aug 22, 2021 5:27PM
bill yjakers
It would be more humaine than an injection
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Aug 18, 2021 6:13PM
Mark Brown
God says murder is wrong whether committed by a criminal or the state. How the Governments of this world take it upon themselves to re-write Gods laws disgusts me. Send them to jail throw away the key but murdering someone is wrong full stop. The eye for an eye quote/statement has been fully misinterpreted by many the world over, anyone who feels someone should die for their crimes is just as evil as the person who commits the crime.
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Aug 18, 2021 4:27PM
didyouhearthat
So i guess christains are getting that same treatment if they dont deny Christ...the time is coming
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Jul 9, 2020 6:23PM
suzyquesp
rbettis, or how about the saline abortions. Those are gruesome!!! Babied jave been born alive after one of these abortions. I just watched a documentary of a woman who lived after one of these abortions. She was in front of Congress abolishing abortion. With before and after pictures of herself. Fighting for rights of the Unborn!!!
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Apr 12, 2020 1:36PM
h delgado
Thomas Gluszk, in the case of child molesters perverts...I agree with you...but I have always been of the opinion to cut them little by little from the feet up. Every week cut 6 inches...cure him...stop the bleeding...then next week 6 more inches cut. When we get to the groin area then cut his head off...and I assure you...there will be less and less of these type of vermin, just my opinion.
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Apr 3, 2020 8:30PM

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