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

Jul 07, Tom rated it really liked it. His way of describing events and his role of executioner are low key but no less facinating for that. The press was invited to observe the process, and pictures were later exedutioner which suggested the hangings had been poorly done.

For the remainder of the s Pierrepoint worked in the grocery business and as an assistant executioner. Pierrepoint left the prison and, because of heavy snow, stayed overnight in a local hotel. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Emily rated it liked it Nov 24, Also, thanks to this book, I am now able to calculate the approximate length of ‘drop’ required should I ever have occasion to hang myself! 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.

Sep 18, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it did not like it Shelves: In Parliament debated a new Criminal Justice Bill, which raised the question of whether to continue with the death penalty or not.

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. Mar 25, Richard O’Brien rated it really liked it.

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He did so in what Lizzie Seal, a reader in Criminologycalls “quasi-religious language”, including the phrase that a “higher power” selected him as an executioner. Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge.

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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. By and large, this is a chronological account This is a curious but by no means uninteresting book. His uncle Tom had been contracted by the government of the Irish Free State for the hanging of Patrick McDermott, a young Irish farmer who had murdered his brother; Tom was free to select his own assistant as it was outside Britain, and took Pierrepoint with him.

Albert Pierrepoint by Albert Pierrepoint. He was not only aware of the rope, he had the man autoobiography handled it beside him, singing a duet. Henry was removed from the list of executioners in July after arriving drunk at a prison the day before an execution and excessively berating his assistant.

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John rated it really liked it Apr 24, On the day of the execution, the practice was for Pierrepoint, his assistant and two prison officers to enter the condemned man’s cell at 8: Richardson, Robert 13 July The neck was broken in almost exactly the same position in each hanging—the Hangman’s fracture. His father, Executoonerand uncle Thomas were official hangmen before him. Executioner, Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint No preview available – I have seen people starving in India under British Imperialism.

From the late s and into the s Pierrepoint, Britain’s most experienced executioner, carried out several more hangings, including those of prisoners described by his biographer, Brian Bailey, as “the most notorious murderers of the period Auotbiography of his commissions were pierrepoinnt his uncle Tom, from whom Pierrepoint learned much. He died on 10 Julyaged 87, in the nursing home where he had lived for the last four years of his life.

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Mar 26, Claire Tomonaga rated it liked it. They travelled to the Mountjoy PrisonDublin for the hanging. Pierrepoint constructs a powerful case against the death penalty: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Yvonne rated it really liked it Mar 01, On 23 February he replied to the Prison Commissioners and informed them that he was resigning with immediate effect, and requested that his name be taken from the list of executioners.

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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 of songs that are intermittently strewn about the narrative it was still an interesting read because of the perspective that it came from.

As I polished the glasses, I thought if any man had a deterrent to murder poised before him, it was this troubadour whom I called Tish, coming to terms with his obsessions in the singing room of Help The Poor Struggler. 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!

Want to Read saving…. The deterrent did not work.

In his autobiography, Pierrepoint considered the matter:. The middle section of the book was the most interesting to me, although one has to point out that it is understandably pretty grim in places given the subject matter.

Hardcoverpages. In his autobiography, Pierrepoint changed his view on capital punishmentand wrote that hanging:. Pierrepoint comes out against the death penalty

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