5 Bizarre tales of executioners who met their own end

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As long as the death penalty exists in various countries, there will always be a requirement of executioners and that is a unique and demanding job simply because there are hardly any takers for it. But! Someone has to pull that lever or press that switch. There have been famous executioners in history with a tale so grisly that it would appear haunting and eerie. Here are five bizarre tales of executioners who met their own sinister deaths.

1 Simon Grandjean

On May 12th 1625, Simon Grandjean and his wife, an executioner couple prepared to behead Helene Gillette, convicted for murdering her baby in Dijon, France, to which she denied.

It was ironical that Grandjean actually missed her twice. All Helen suffered were a few cuts on her shoulder. This made the crowd angry and berserk, even as Madame Grandjean dragged Helen below the scaffold and attempted to behead her with shears. The executioner couples were dragged away by the crowds who tore them to shreds. As for Helene Gillette, she was pardoned by Henrietta Maria, the sister of the French Monarch Louis XIII and went on to become a nun.

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Simon Grandjean

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