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Agents Of Death: The 13 Most Prolific Executioners In History

Historically, white dudes with a taste for power have shown quite the proclivity for coming up with ways to make it seem as though some higher authority has sanctioned their bloodlust, be it god or government. Because of this, death sentences under these despots were handed out for everything from actual crimes to the random hogwash inquisitors made up after torturing someone into a confession. And you can be sure that those handing out the sentences very rarely did the actual killing.

When state-sanctioned murder was big business, you can bet your bottom dollar there was a network of professional executioners out there looking to make a clean living with mean killing. While putting people down for a living is far from glamorous, there were times and places in which professional executioners were celebrities of sorts – admired, well-paid, and drawing in large crowds as they doled out punishment. Killing for a living ain’t bad business.

Whether their methods were gruesome or merciful, the most notorious historical executioners were just as revered as they were feared. Some were even given awards for their service from political and religious figureheads. Collected in this list are famous executioners with the most confirmed kills under their belts.

 

 

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