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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His way of describing events and his role of executioner are low key but no less facinating for that. I’d read that Pierrepoint came out as an advocate against the death penalty in his later life, and that at one point he lived in my old neighbourhood.

Janet Nixon rated it really liked it Dec 10, A History of the Gallows at Wandsworth Prison — They travelled to the Mountjoy PrisonDublin for the hanging. It is fact which is of no source of pride to me at all — it is simply history — that I carried out the executions of more judicial sentences of death than any executioner in any British record or archive.

Michael Bishop rated it liked it May 09, He was turned down as there were no vacancies, but received an invitation for interview six months later. There have been murders since the beginning of time, and we shall go on looking for deterrents until the end of time.

Bailey, in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographyand Leonora Klein, one of his biographers, state it was over ; [84] Steven Fielding, another biographer, 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. Pierrepoint hanged him in July in Pentonville Prison, but the case showed Evans’s conviction and hanging had been a miscarriage of justice.


Executioner, Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint Snippet view – In pierrepoint published his autobiography, Executioner: ClaytonWest Riding of YorkshireEngland. Jul 07, Tom rated it really liked it. On 23 February he replied to the Prison Commissioners and informed them that he was resigning with immediate effect, and requested that his name be taken from the list of executioners.

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

It was scheduled for 8: Retrieved 31 August Account Options Sign in. Recommended reading for those who a that the state should be allowed to kill it’s own citizens.

I have been amazed to see the courage with which they take that walk into the unknown. Books [ edit ] Bailey, Brian Albert Pierrepoint by Albert Pierrepoint. Britains most infamous executioner shares his experiences from an extremely professional point of view. In addition to his autobiography, Pierrepoint has been the subject of several biographies, either focusing on him, or alongside other executioners.

Morrison, Blake 23 November Royal Commission on Capital Punishment No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 for the execution, not in the case of a reprieve.

It was quite interesting but takes a rather strange tone throughout. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint

The autobiographyy was broken in almost exactly the same position in each hanging—the Hangman’s fracture. Cherise Stone rated it it was ok Aug 23, Pierrepoint constructs a powerful case against the death penalty: He disliked any publicity connected to his role and was unhappy that his name had been announced to the press by General Sir Bernard Montgomery. Mar 15, Colm Wallace rated it it was ok. Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge.


That sanctity must be most apparent at the hour of death.

Albert Pierrepoint

iperrepoint In March Pierrepoint hanged Timothy Evansa year-old man who had the vocabulary of a year-old and the mental age of a ten-year-old.

He spent the afternoon in the prison calculating the drop and setting up the rope to the right length. Pierrepoint secured the man’s arms behind his back with a leather strap, and all five walked through a second door, which led to the execution chamber.

Please add page numbers. He was not only aware of the rope, he had the man who handled it beside him, singing a duet.

Global Issues and Prospects. What an odd book!

I wish I was kiddi 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.

For most of that time a Pierrepoint was nominated as the official executioner. The prisoner was walked to a marked spot on the trapdoor whereupon Pierrepoint placed a white hood over the prisoner’s head and a noose around his neck.