The Man Who Survived A Firing Squad Execution

Jeff Glennon | December 24th, 2018

In 1915, a convicted Mexican revolutionary by the name of Wenseslao Moguel was sentenced by the Mexican authorities and local courts to death by firing squad. He was sentenced to be executed without even a trial, this meant there was no way out of his execution he could not even appeal against the decision.

Wenseslao Moguel was one of the famous leaders of the Mexican Revolution and therefore they wanted him to be dealt with harshly, branded as a traitor the government was keen to make an example of him. Yet Moguel survived being shot 9 times and even a point blank 10th shot directly to the head, he then lay in agony waiting for the firing squad to leave before dragging himself and escaping.

During the Mexican Revolution, the preferred way of execution was indeed by firing squad. The squad would be nine soldiers who all fired at the same time and the officer would fire afterward aiming at a vital organ. In Miguel’s case the officer shot him in the head. But March 18, 1915, was his lucky day and he survived. Although he was in agony and excruciating pain he somehow was able to stay conscious until his executioners left and were able to flee the scene.

Although he was horribly disfigured due to the bullets he took to his head, Wenseslao Moguel was able to go on and live a full life. He even became quite legendary after Robert Ripley took an interest in him and featured his story in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

He appeared on a radio show in Cleveland in 1937 and was named El Fusilado which means the executed one and the British rock group Chumbawamba even wrote a pretty successful song about his tale.

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