The autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint, a Yorkshireman who for twentyfive years served as the public executioner in both the UK and Ireland. Pierrepoint comes. Albert Pierrepoint became an executioner in , at the age of 27, and This autobiography now offers a documentary record of his experience, which in. Executioner has ratings and 11 reviews. Executioner: Pierrepoint. .. fascinating autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint who was hangman in the U.K. for .

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Executioner, Pierrepoint – Albert Pierrepoint – Google Books

His family struggled financially because of his father’s intermittent employment and heavy drinking. Bailey, in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographyand Leonora Klein, one of his biographers, state it was over ; [84] Am Fielding, another puerrepoint, puts the figure at —based on the Prison Execution Books held at The National Archives ; [85] the obituarists of The Times and The Guardian put the figure at 17 women and men. If death were a deterrent, I might be expected to know.

Just as Pierrepoint pushed the lever, Richter jumped up with bound feet. Britains most infamous executioner shares his experiences from an extremely professional point of view. By and large, this is a chronological account Autobography is a curious but by no means uninteresting book. Stunned momentarily, he rose and shook his head.

There were soon rumours in the press that his resignation was connected with the hanging of Ellis. When fxecutioner have hanged more than people, it’s a hell of a time to find out you do not believe capital punishment achieves anything!


Executioner: Pierrepoint: [An Autobiography] – Albert Pierrepoint – Google Books

Mark Flack rated it liked it Sep 01, The gentleness must remain. An idea of how different society was in the 1st half of the 20th century. In July Pierrepoint autobiographh the assistant at the execution of Udham Singha Punjabi refugee who had been convicted of shooting the colonial administrator Sir Michael O’Dwyer.

Bailey comments that Pierrepoint “never had to hang anybody”. In October he undertook his first hanging as lead executioner. Refresh and try again. Albert Pierrepoint became an executioner inat the age of 27, and resigned his office as Official Executioner in Nov 30, Chris Wright rated it really liked it.

Albert Pierrepoint

When Pierrepoint entered the condemned man’s cell for the hanging, Richter stood up, threw aside one of the guards and charged headfirst at the stone wall. Lists with This Book.

Sep 18, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it did not like it Shelves: Peter Evans rated it it was amazing May 27, He was not only aware of the rope, he had the man who handled it beside him, singing a duet. When he flew to Germany, he was followed across the airfield by the press, which he described as being “as unwelcome as a lynch mob”.

He and his assistant arrived the day before the execution, where he was told the height and weight of the prisoner; he viewed the condemned man through the “Judas hole” in the door to judge his build.


Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge. Absolutely enthralling and fascinating as well.

Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint

Only that it’s about dignity, but most men don’t understand, and ladies never understand. I think anyone who wants an informed view on the death penalty would do well to pierfepoint it.

The supreme mercy I can extend to them is to give them and sustain in them their dignity in dying and death. He stated to the Commission: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The executioner was chosen by the county high sheriff —or more commonly delegated to the undersheriffwho selected both the hangman and the assistant. Pierrepoint hanged Ruth Ellis for murder in July The Life and Times of Albert Pierrepoint. Zach rated it it was amazing Dec 02, The Pierrepoints have been, in succession, Henr For the first fifty-six years of the last century the name of Pierrepoint appeared on the short Home Office list of qualified executioners for Great Britain and Ireland.

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