Part 1: Hangman
As late as the 1960's, Britain was still executing convicted murderers. The method: death by hanging. Who were these men? What did they do? And what did it do to them.
Part 2: Dynasties of Death
The groom, Henri Desfourneaux, is a killer. To his left, Anatole Deibler Desfourneaux, another. Two rows back another... Between them, they would kill more than a thousand men. They were the "bourreau" - the executioners. And they lived their lives apart from ordinary men - in the shadow of the Guillotine.
Part 3: The American Way of Death
For much of the world, it was the rope or the blade. But in its short history, America has experimented with a bewildering array of execution methods. A seemingly relentless search to mechanise and sanitise the ultimate sentence of the law. But for whose benefit? Those who suffered it? Or those who delivered it?