The executioner’s museum

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Abstract:

In the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse, near Avignon, stands a small museum which is unique in all of France: the Museum of Justice and Punishment. Approximately 500 items — documents and instruments of justice — are on display in a space of 400 m2. They were collected from all over Europe by the museum's founder Fernand Meyssonnier who, with the aid of Jean-Louis Bessette, author and criminologist, created this collection for educational purposes and the study of history. The museum is open to all, but the warning ‘not for the sensitive’ has never been more appropriate. Jacques Lucchesi is a freelance journalist living in Marseilles, France. He has contributed to various local and national publications and is also pursuing a literary career, having published poetry, short stories and essays.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Freelance journalist

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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