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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Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. The exact number of people executed by Pierrepoint has never been established.

Albert Pierrepoint

There were several before them, including James Billington and his three sons, ThomasWilliam and John ; [12] Gregory Brandon and his son, Richard ; [13] and the Otway family.

In parts, the period detail is both fascinating and highly revealing. Mary Collings rated it it was amazing Jul 08, His Place in English Society”. 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.

I could take a three o’clock plane from Dublin after conducting an execution there and be opening my bar without comment at half past five. 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.

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He should clearly understand that his conduct and general behaviour should be respectable, not only at the place and time of the execution, but before and subsequently, that he should avoid attracting public attention in going to or from the prison, and he is prohibited from giving to any person particulars on the subject of his duty for publication.

To see what your friends thought of this execytioner, please sign up. Account Options Sign in. Pierrepoint left the prison and, because of heavy snow, stayed overnight in a local hotel.

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However, by avoiding the tricks and tropes of the trade that tend to bedevil modern-day writing Pierrepoint’s simple, straightforward approach brings its own rewards. In describing his childhood, every conceivable detail is named: 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.

In Pierrepoint was involved in a dispute with a sheriff over payment, leading to his retirement from hanging. Pierrepoint constructs a powerful case against the death penalty: 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 While some have mentioned that this is a little long winded I started to ignore the lyrics pierreponit songs that are intermittently strewn about the narrative it was still an interesting read because of the perspective that it came from.

He was brought to the scaffold where a strap was wrapped around his ankles, followed by a cap and noose.

Royal Commission on Capital Punishment John rated it really liked it Apr 24, It is I who have faced them last, young lads and girls, working men, grandmothers. No eBook available Amazon.

I have gone on record Jock Stewart and Harry Allen. Open Preview See a Problem? As Richter autobiogrzphy through the trapdoor, Pierrepoint could see that the noose had slipped, but it became stuck under Richter’s nose.

Please add page numbers 2 14 Jul 02, Britains most infamous executioner shares his experiences from an extremely professional point of view. The most astonishing and revealing biographical He was turned down as there were no vacancies, but received an invitation for interview six months later. The list also being accepted by the Irish Republic when it became independent. Albert Pierrepoint by Albert Pierrepoint. After the war, Pierrepoint left the delivery business, and took over the lease of a pub, the Help the Poor Struggler on Manchester Road, in the Hollinwood area of Oldham.