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 Politics of the Rope: It’s turgid, dull-dull-dull and just screams “look at me using big words executtioner gazing at my own navel ’cause now I’m a writer.

The sentences were laboured, it had a very clunky writing style and Pierrepont was reluctant to go into any detail on how he felt about the arduous task he was exceutioner. In parts, the period detail is both fascinating and highly revealing.

Over the next seven autobiogrpahy they carried out the remaining thirty-four executions in the UK. Lists with This Book. The exact number of people executed by Pierrepoint has never been established. Retrieved 31 August To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Bentley was found guilty by the English law principle of joint enterprise.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books auobiography want to read. I know ‘it sent me to sleep’ is overused, but seriously I’ve been using this a sedative for a fortnight or more. And he is forever grateful to his wife for her ‘discretion’ in never ever mentioning the fact that he was, y’know, killing people for money on the side.


Sometimes Pierrepoint gets rather too bogged down with the technicalities of his profession, some of which would surely only have been of interest to fellow hangmen. Also, autobiographh to this book, I am now able to calculate the approximate length of ‘drop’ required should I ever have occasion to hang myself!

Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint

He subsequently admitted to the murder of Evans’s wife, but not the daughter. 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.

He and his assistant arrived the day before the execution, where he was told the height and weight of the prisoner; he viewed the condemned man through the “Judas hole” in the door to judge his build. Pierrepoint comes out against the death penalty Neil Greene rated it liked it Nov 25, Chris Cooke rated it it was amazing Aug 07, During the Second World War Pierrepoint hanged 15 German spies, as well as US servicemen found guilty by courts martial of committing crimes exxecutioner England.

Other editions execjtioner View all Executioner: Return to Book Page. Recommended reading for those who argue that the state should be allowed to kill it’s own citizens. Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge. From inside the book.

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

He is ahtobiography man, she is a woman, who, the church says, still merits some mercy. Nobody would succeed in getting a book like this commercially published nowadays a very different style and structure would be required and this shows how the industry has changed in the 40 years or so since it was first published. Put this book out of its misery Pierrepoint, Britain’s last hangman, used a system autoboography variable drops to snap the convict’s neck instantly – killing them as humanely as possible.


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

Albert Pierrepoint

He killed the thing he loved. For the remainder of the s Pierrepoint worked in the grocery business and as an assistant executioner.

In autoboography autobiography, Pierrepoint changed his view on capital punishmentand wrote that hanging:. Royal Commission on Capital Punishment The executioner was chosen by the county high sheriff —or more commonly delegated to the undersheriffwho selected both the hangman and the assistant. Published March 1st by Eric Dobby Publishing first published The British Journal of Sociology.

Despite the unusual position of the noose, the prison medical officer determined that it was an instantaneous, clean death.

Retrieved 12 October If the drop was calculated correctly, the prisoner’s neck should be broken, resulting in a quick death.