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Marked as NSFW, just in case. The little blurb I wrote here is definitely NSFW so read with caution.
Eugene Weidmann was officially convicted of 6 murders, on the date of his execution, he was led out of the prison and met with a crowd, who had gathered the night before to get a front row seat. They quickly got unruly, photographers battled their way in to take gruesome shots of the beheading and also filmed it (which can still be found and viewed today). They excitedly taunted Weidmann right up until his execution. Officers had to struggle to keep the spectators within the boundaries, and while it’s not confirmed there were several claims that women wrestled free from the crowd to run up and dab up the blood with handkerchiefs for a morbid keepsake.
The mass hysteria from that day, the French President, Albert Lebrun, put an immediate ban on public executions, and Eugen Weidmann became the last public execution in France.
Not much else to do back then. They didn’t even have cable TV, let alone the Internet.
Fun fact: The late Christopher Lee, 17 at the time, [witnessed the event.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Weidmann#Execution)