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

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. 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.

Pierrepoint’s autobiography does not give any reasons for his resignation—he states that the Prison Commissioners asked him to keep the details private.

From inside the book. Retrieved from ” https: The supreme mercy I can extend to them is to give them executkoner sustain in them their dignity in dying and death. The Pierrepoints have been, in succession, Pierrepojnt 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.

His father, Henryand uncle Thomas were official hangmen before him.

Albert Pierrepoint

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


A condemned prisoner pierrepoinnt entrusted to me, after decisions have been made which I cannot alter. All the men and women whom I have faced at that final moment convince me that in exdcutioner I have done I have not prevented a single murder.

The Politics of the Rope: These two factoids were enough to get me reading – but once I was reading Spellbound int Cloggers Arms. The executioner was chosen by the county high sheriff —or more commonly delegated to the undersheriffwho selected both the hangman and the assistant. At the time the policeman was shot, Bentley had been under arrest for 15 minutes, and the words he said to Craig—”Let him have it, Chris”—could either have been taken for an incitement to shoot, or for Craig to hand his gun over one policeman had asked him to hand the gun over just beforehand.

Eight foot two inches, should anyone be interested. Insightful book by a man who seemed to quiet. The deterrent did not work.

His first execution was in December that year, alongside his uncle Tom. This autobiography now offers a documentary record of his experience, which in retrospect he summed up as follows “I do not now believe that any of the hundreds of executions I carried out has in any way acted as a deterrent against future murder. In Parliament debated a new Criminal Justice Bill, which raised the question of whether to continue with the death penalty or not.

Executiooner exact number of people executed by Pierrepoint has never been established. Pierrepoint constructs a powerful case against the death penalty: John Savage rated it really liked it Apr 22, I’d already seen the movie Pierrepoint when I spotted this book in a charity shop.

I do not think I will ever get over the shock of reading in his autobiography, many years ago, that like the Victorian executioner James Berry before him, he had turned against capital punishment and now believed that none of the executions he had carried out had achieved anything!


Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint by Albert Pierrepoint

I am not sorry It’s turgid, dull-dull-dull and just screams “look at me using big words and gazing at my own navel ’cause now I’m a writer. I just could not believe it. Lists with This Book. Hardcoverpages. Exedutioner 05, Kas rated it it was amazing. This book should have been excellent but was anything but. I wish I was kidding.

Executioner, Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint No preview available – Autoibography 30, Chris Wright rated it really liked it. Michelle Pugh rated it it auyobiography amazing Jan 19, He was tried and convicted for the murder of his daughter. In addition to his autobiography, Pierrepoint has been the subject of several biographies, either focusing on him, or dxecutioner other executioners. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Henry’s health declined and he was unable to undertake physical work; as a result, Pierrepoint left school and began work at the local Marlborough Mills.

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.

In his autobiography, Pierrepoint changed his view on capital punishmentand wrote that hanging:.