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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The metal eye through executuoner the rope was looped was placed under the left jawbone which, when the prisoner dropped, forced the head back and broke the spine.

I also found it strange that he says nothing whatsoever of his life and career after he stood down as a hangman inespecially given the fact that he does include an account of his childhood at the beginning. Put this book out of its misery Pierrepoint, Britain’s last hangman, used a system of variable drops to snap the convict’s neck instantly – killing them as humanely as possible.

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It was quite interesting but takes a rather strange tone throughout. In August Pierrepoint married Anne Fletcher after a courtship of five years. Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

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Amery, the eldest son of the cabinet minister Leo Amerywas a Nazi sympathiser who had visited prisoner-of-war camps in Germany to recruit allied prisoners for the British Free Corps ; [e] he had also broadcast to Britain to encourage men to join the Nazis.

If death were a deterrent, I might be expected to know. Rhodes James, Robert What an odd book! Sep 18, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it did not like it Shelves: That sanctity must be most apparent at the hour of death.


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Preview — Executioner by Albert Pierrepoint. ClaytonWest Riding of YorkshireEngland. From inside the book. I wish I was kidding. Hardcoverpages.

Over the next seven years they carried out the remaining thirty-four executions in the UK. Capital punishment, in my autobiogra;hy, achieved nothing except revenge.

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All the men and women whom I have faced at that final moment convince me that in what I have done I have not prevented a single murder. However, the book can certainly be recommended for its unusualness, its valuable insight into a relatively unknown profession and the light it shines on a barbaric period in British history. It’s interesting to note that Pierrepoint didn’t relish in what he did and looked to treat his victims with as much humanity and dignity as he could and finally came to believe that there was no deterrent effect in capital punishment and that once people started using it as a means of revenge rather than justice that it should no longer be carried out.

Pierrepoint served as an uncredited technical adviser on this film, to ensure the authenticity of the hanging scene. Common terms and phrases autbiography Albert Pierrepoint appointment arms asked assistant executioner Atherton Auntie Lizzie Belsen Billington body Execjtioner called capital punishment carried chaplain Clayton Commission condemned cell convicted corridor cotter pin craft Derek Bentley door double execution drop Dublin dummy duty ecution ecutioner eight Ellis engineer execution exefutioner experience eyes face father Gaol gave give Governor hand hanging head Home Office Huddersfield Irma Grese Josef Kramer knew later lever list of executioners London looked Manchester morning mother murder neck never newspaper night noose o’clock Pentonville Pentonville Prison person pinion Prison Commissioners prison officers pulled reprieve rope round Royal Ruth Ellis wutobiography sentenced to death Sheriff Sid Collins side smile Steve Wade strap street thought told took train uncle walked Wandsworth Warder woman women Yorkshire.


The middle section of the book was the most interesting to me, although one has to point out that it is understandably pretty grim in places given the subject matter. He died on 10 Julyaged 87, in the nursing home where he had lived for the last four years of his life.

Pierrepoint then went to the execution room—normally next to the condemned cell—where he tested the equipment using a sack that weighed about the same as the prisoner; he calculated autobiograpyy length of the drop using the Home Office Table of Drops, making allowances for the man’s physique, if necessary.

It would have benefitted greatly from a brutal editor.

In parts, the period detail is both fascinating and highly revealing. The deterrent did not work. The Commissioners advised he speak to the instructing sheriff, as it was his responsibility, not theirs; they also reminded him that his conditions of employment were that he was paid only exevutioner the execution, not in the case of a reprieve.

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By and large, this is a chronological account of Albert Pierrepoint’s year career as a public hangman. He burst the leather strap from eye-hole to eye-hole and was free again. Bentley was found guilty by the English law principle of joint enterprise. Other editions – View all Executioner: Published March 1st by Eric Dobby Publishing first published I can’t recommend it, I’m afraid. Pierrepoint comes out against the death penalty I just could not believe it.