Hangman Albert Pierrepoint killed everyone from serial murderers to Nazi war criminals, and was paid well by the British government to do so. 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. The autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint, a Yorkshireman who for twentyfive years served as the public executioner in both the UK and Ireland. Pierrepoint comes.
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In a radio interview with the BBC, he stated that he believed crime in Britain had increased since outlawing executions and that his country may need to bring back capital punishment in order to solve the problem. Coslett, Paul 19 August In Parliament debated a new Criminal Justice Bill, which raised the question of whether to continue with the death penalty or not. Matthew Hopkins rated it it was amazing Apr 13, He is a man, she is a woman, who, the church says, still merits some mercy.
Vintage Paperback Paperbacks Books. Pierrepoint comes out against the death penalty Sep 19, Aaron Roberts rated it it was amazing. Evans was eventually granted a posthumous pardon in He portrays a quiet, gentle man, and one who regards his profession with honour and pride. 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.
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Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint by Albert Pierrepoint
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. Bailey, in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographyand Leonora Klein, one of his biographers, state it was over ;  Steven Fielding, another biographer, puts the figure at —based on the Prison Execution Books held at The National Archives ;  the obituarists of The Times and The Guardian put the figure at 17 women and men.
In his autobiography, Pierrepoint considered the matter:. Vintage Paperback Paperback Books. Finally, inPierrepoint got this shot at being an executioner when a space opened up following the resignation of an assistant executioner.
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. He is appointed by the Government; he is the best in the land.
Executioner: Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint
He stated to the Commission: Pierrepoiint was scheduled for 8: He ran a pub in Lancashire from the mids, which he continued to do until the s. Bentley was found guilty by the English law principle of joint enterprise.
Sometimes Pierrepoint gets rather too bogged down with the technicalities of his profession, some of which would surely only have been execcutioner interest to fellow hangmen. Pierrepoint dispenses some fascinating facts. A Family of Executioners.
Vintage Paperback Paperback Cookbooks. Instead pressure was put on the publishers, who stopped the stories.
The British Journal of Sociology. To some he is a national hero, to an increasing number of others he is a murderer. Following in his father’s footsteps he quickly became known for his efficiency and compassion, rising to become ‘the best in the land’. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. In a interview with BBC Radio MerseysidePierrepoint expressed his uncertainty towards the sentiments, and said that when the autobiography was originally written, “there was not a lot of crime.
On 19 April Pierrepoint wrote to the Prison Commissioners and applied to be executiober assistant executioner. Retrieved 30 August Sep 18, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it did not like it Shelves: The neck was broken in almost exactly the same position in each hanging—the Hangman’s fracture. The acting is excellent in all quarters, particularly Juliet Stevenson, though Spall leads by a length. I only wish he’d pirerepoint a method for dispatching his sentences as painlessly.
These two factoids were enough to get me reading – but once I was reading A Very English Hangman: There have been murders since the beginning of time, and we shall go on looking for deterrents until the end of time.
I can’t recommend it, I’m afraid. Lists with This Book.
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A highly insightful read into the British judicial execution system – especially after WWII, and a fascinating look into the life of the author, and how he managed to juggle being a high-profile executioner along with having a regular life.
He is also portrayed as compassionate. As soon as I see everything is ready, I pull the lever and the prisoner falls through it and it is all over in an instant.
There have been murders since the beginning of time, and we shall go on looking for deterrents until the end of time. You may also like. Henry Pierrepoint Mary Buxton. While the debates were proceeding, no executions took place, and Pierrepoint worked solely in his pub. Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge. Pierrepoint served as an uncredited technical adviser on this film, to ensure the authenticity of execytioner hanging scene.
It did not deter them then, and it had not deterred them when they committed what they were convicted for. Insightful book by a man who seemed to quiet.