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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There is no ghostwriter and it shows. Feb 20, Derek Collett rated it liked it. In July Pierrepoint was the assistant at the execution of Udham Singha Punjabi refugee who had been convicted of shooting the colonial administrator Sir Michael O’Dwyer.

In his autobiography, Pierrepoint considered the matter:. 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. Refresh and try again. Jock Stewart and Harry Allen.

Pierrepoint comes out against the death penalty He killed the thing he loved.

Absolutely enthralling and fascinating as well. Published March 1st by Eric Dobby Publishing first published Peter Evans rated it it was amazing May 27, Martin Sloane rated it it was amazing May 01, I think anyone who wants an informed view A strange book but fascinating both for the job he did and the way it captures this period of British history.


Bailey comments that Pierrepoint “never had to hang anybody”. Not like there is today. Josephine Jo rated it really liked it May 23, While some have mentioned that this is a little long winded I started to ignore the lyrics of songs that are intermittently strewn about the narrative it was still an interesting read because of the perspective that it came from.

Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint by Albert Pierrepoint

After another struggle, the strap was wrapped tightly around his wrists. News articles [ edit ] Boseley, Sarah 13 July 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.

autobiograpny Pierrepoint comes out against the death penalty In October Pierrepoint undertook his first execution as lead executioner when he hanged the gangland killer Antonio “Babe” Mancini. Nor did I leave the list, as one newspaper said, by being arbitrarily taken off it, to shut my mouth, because I was about to reveal the last words of Ruth Ellis. Wilhelm Keitel took 20 minutes to die after the trapdoor opened; the trap was not wide enough, so that some of the men hit the edges as they fell—more than one person’s nose was torn off in the process—and others were strangled, pifrrepoint than having their necks broken.

Pierrepoint’s job as assistant was to follow the prisoner onto the scaffoldbind the prisoner’s legs together, then step back off the trapdoor before the lead executioner sprung the mechanism. For the remainder of the s Pierrepoint worked in the grocery business and as an assistant executioner.


When you have hanged more than people, it’s a hell of a time to find out you do not believe autobiogdaphy punishment achieves anything! 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.

In addition to his autobiography, Pierrepoint has been the subject of several biographies, either focusing on him, or alongside other executioners.

He died on 10 Julyaged 87, in the nursing home where he had lived for the last four years of his life. The Commissioners advised he speak to the instructing sheriff, as it was his responsibility, executiober 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.

Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint

In he gave extensive evidence to the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment. Open Preview See a Problem? One of the events I wish he had touched more on was the fact that he hung Timothy Evans who was innocent and then hung Christie who had really committed the murders.

It’s undoubtably an interesting read and for someone with such a lurid occupation the author shows remarkable restraint during the telling of his story.