It predates the French Revolution.
The French version, with the ANGLED blade, was created as their means of delivering humane capital punishment. It was the brainchild of a French doctor, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin — which is how we get that name.
The first to be executed, with a French Guillotine, on April 25, 1792, was a on highwayman,
‘Pelletier’ is a fairly popular French name in New Hampshire.
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