June 17, 1939

Weidmann is placed in the guillotine seconds before the blade falls.

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Born in Germany in 1908, Eugen Weidmann began stealing at a young age, and grew into a career criminal

He served five years in jail for robbery, where he met his future partners in crime, Roger Million and Jean Blanc. Upon release, the three men began working together to kidnap and rob tourists in the area around Paris

They robbed and killed a young dancer from New York, a chauffeur, a nurse, a theatrical producer, an anti-Nazi activist, and a real estate agent.

Police eventually tracked down Weidmann’s home address and confronted him. Weismann fired at the officers with a pistol, wounding them, but was wrestled to the ground and arrested. Read more…

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