Frances Larson

Why public beheadings get millions of views

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In a disturbing — but fascinating — walk through history, Frances Larson examines humanity's strange relationship with public executions … and specifically beheadings. As she shows us, they have always drawn a crowd, first in the public square and now on YouTube. What makes them horrific and compelling in equal measure?

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Frances Larson · Anthropologist

Frances Larson explores the dark and varied obsessions that our culture has had with decapitated heads and skulls throughout history.

Frances Larson explores the dark and varied obsessions that our culture has had with decapitated heads and skulls throughout history.