The bloodbath was uncovered by a workman
who uncovered the mutilated
remains of Hortense and her children.
Alfred, Henri, Marie,
Achille and Emile Kinck and their mother, Hortense Kinck.
The execution happens on
January 19th 1870 before a huge crowd, place de la Roquette,
in front of
the prison. at 7am exactly, Jean-Baptiste Troppmann is swivelled on the
At the moment that the blade falls down, that
curious personage bites the thumb of the executioner.
Among the multitude were various intellectual worthies,
including the liberal Russian author Ivan Turgenev.