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Thursday, September 13, 2007


The art of killing oneself has been taken to another level.

A distraught Michigan man was "very determined to end his life," police said, when he built a guillotine in the woods and used it to kill himself.

The body of the 41-year-old man was discovered by workers from a nearby shopping center in the Detroit suburb of Melvindale Monday next to the 6-foot guillotine bolted to a tree.

Guillotines, with roots going back to medieval times, were used to slice the heads off their victims. This particular one had a swing arm and must have taken quite some time to build, police said.

It's inherently sad that this poor bloke didn't even get to experience 15 minutes of fame for his ingenuity.

Now, for some carrot cake:

Go here for not much more on the story.

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Anonymous Pete said...

Poor guy, guess he couldn't get ahead in this life.
This particular means of execution was in use in France until the
early 60's.Always a public spectacle in the early days,crowds came from miles around.It was tradition to kill the condemned in the town where his crime took place;as near as they could to the scene.Gruesome and barbaric isn't it?

Thu Sep 13, 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Actually less painful or prolonged than hanging or lethal injections (sometimes take many minutes) and less gruesome or barbaric than the orig. crimes many inflicted on their victims.

Thu Sep 13, 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...couldn't get ahead in this life" GROOOAAAN. That's awful Pete! :)

Holy mackerel, Diana, where do you find this stuff?!?!?!

Marie (Shoremom)

Thu Sep 13, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

sorry about all the gruesome news. i know, i need to lighten up... right after the next post.

Thu Sep 13, 03:57:00 PM  

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