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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

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The name Errol Morris is synonymous with documentaries. Since releasing Gates of Heaven in 1978, his only misstep has been The Dark Wind, which incidentally has been his only non-documentary piece. Regardless of his track record, which also includes the seminal Thin Blue Line, most of his work stays vastly ignored. And so befalls the fate of Mr. Death, a controversial look at Fred Leuchter, “execution technician” and Holocaust denier.

A baffling story of a man who, with no certified training, redesigned electric chairs to be more effective and less of a futile torture device. Lacking any justifiable reason, he became considered an expert in the field of executions. With the title of expert, he was commissioned for the defense of Holocaust revisionist Ernest Zundel during his distribution of hate materials trial in Canada.

In what can only be considered an act of hubris, Leuchter conducts forensic studies of the gas chambers at Auschwitz and other camps concluding with a pseudoscientific journal of Holocaust revisionism — The Leuchter Report.

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Fred A. Leuchter @ Wikipedia

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