Obrecht, André

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Obrecht, André Gender: M
born on 9 August 1899 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone PMT m2e2015 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Michiels
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 16°22' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 16°10 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 23°45'


Official executioner of France from 1951 until 1976. Obrecht was the nephew of the chief executioner Anatole Deibler. Deibler had a fatherlike relationship with the young André, he was only one month younger as his own son, who died as a baby. The affection between the two men never ceased.

Due to financial obligations Deibler's widow allowed Obrecht's cousin Jules-Henri Desfourneaux and not Obrecht to succeed Deibler despite her late husband's indication that he would prefer Obrecht as his successor. Obrecht subsequently took Desfourneaux's former place as first assistant.

Obrecht and Desfourneaux disliked each other. Obrecht thought his cousin too slow and badly organized. In late 1943, after having executed many French resistance fighters, Obrecht and his colleagues and friends, the Martin brothers, quit. Obrecht resumed his job in 1945, but his animosity towards his cousin had grown. After an execution in 1947, the cousins fought and Obrecht decided, for the second time, to quit.

When Desfourneaux died in 1951, Obrecht wrote to the ministry of Justice, proposing his candidature as chief executioner. This was agreed and on November 1, 1951, he was officially nominated. On November 13 he performed his first guillotining as chief in Marseilles when he executed the police killer Marcel Ythier.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Actis, Robert (born 7 January 1938). Notes: His executioner
  • associate relationship with Bontems, Roger (born 20 September 1936). Notes: His executioner
  • other kin relationship with Deibler, Anatole (born 29 November 1863). Notes: affectionate
  • (has as) student relationship with Chevalier, Marcel (born 28 February 1921). Notes: married Marcelle Obrecht, niece of André


Source Notes

BC available online


  • Vocation : Medical : Mortician/ Death Affairs (executioner)