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
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ab by Albert Pierrepoint. Albert Autboiography by Albert Pierrepoint. 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 list also being accepted by the Irish Republic when it became independent. For most of that time a Pierrepoint was nominated as the official executioner. The Pierrepoints have been, in succession, Henr For the first autobiiography years of the last century the name of Pierrepoint appeared on the short Home Office list of qualified executioners for Great Britain and Ireland.
Albert Pierrepoint became an executioner inat the age of 27, and resigned his office as Official Executioner in In he gave extensive evidence to the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment. He stated to the Commission: It is fact which is of piierrepoint source of pride to me at all — it is pierepoint history — that I carried out the pierrepoit of more judicial sentences of death than any executioner in any British record or archive.
Autobiofraphy punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge. Hardcoverpages. Published March 1st by Eric Dobby Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Executionerplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 18, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it did not like it Shelves: Put this book out of its misery Pierrepoint, Britain’s last hangman, exevutioner a system of variable drops to snap the convict’s neck instantly – killing them as humanely as possible.
I only wish he’d found a method for dispatching his sentences as painlessly. There is no ghostwriter and it shows. I’m not entirely sure there was an editor, either. In describing his childhood, every conceivable detail is named: I wish I was kiddi Put this book out of its misery Pierrepoint, Britain’s last hangman, used a system of variable drops to snap the convict’s neck instantly – killing them as humanely as possible.
I wish I was kidding. I’d already seen the movie Pierrepoint when I spotted this book in a charity shop. I’d read that Pierrepoint came out as an advocate against the death penalty in his later life, and that at one point he lived in my old neighbourhood.
These two factoids were enough to get me reading – but once I was reading I know ‘it sent me to sleep’ is overused, but seriously I’ve been using this a sedative for a fortnight or more. I’m barely a third of the way through it. 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.
Only that it’s about dignity, but most men don’t understand, and ladies never understand. 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. The past is a different country. A weird, emotionally-repressed one with extremely long sentences.
Sep 19, Aaron Roberts rated it it was amazing. One of the most interesting reads I have ever come across. An idea of how different society was in the 1st half of the 20th century.
Britains most infamous executioner shares his experiences from an extremely professional point of view. 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.
Absolutely enthralling and fascinating as well. Nov 05, Kas rated it it was amazing. Insightful book by a man who seemed to quiet. Feb 20, Derek Collett rated it liked it.
This is a curious but by no means uninteresting book. 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. However, by avoiding the tricks and tropes of the trade that pierrepoiny 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. By and large, this is a chronological account of Albert Pierrepoint’s year career as a public hangman. It starts with a long and rather unnecessary in my opinion account of his childhood but in the process we are introduced to Albert’s father and Uncle Tom, both of whom served as an executioner before Albert and from whom the younger man learned the rudiments of his trade whilst serving as an executioner’s assistant.
In parts, the period detail is both fascinating and highly revealing. 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. Pierrepoint dispenses some fascinating facts. Also, thanks autobiohraphy this book, I am now able to calculate the approximate length of ‘drop’ required should I ever have occasion to hang myself!
Eight foot two inches, should anyone be interested. Sometimes Pierrepoint gets rather too bogged down with the technicalities of his profession, some of which would surely only exceutioner been of interest to fellow hangmen.
His book is quite repetitive and would certainly have benefitted from some editing. 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.
Executioner, Pierrepoint – Albert Pierrepoint – Google Books
However, the book can certainly be recommended for its unusualness, its valuable insight into a relatively unknown profession and the light it shines on a barbaric period in British history.
Pierrepoint constructs a powerful case against the death penalty: Jul 07, Tom rated it really liked it. 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. 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.
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. He was also partically caustic about the American method of hanging which he stated led to a slow stragulation rather than a clean break.
Executioner: Pierrepoint: [An Autobiography] – Albert Pierrepoint – Google Books
Recommended reading for those who argue that the state should be allowed to kill it’s own citizens. Nov 30, Chris Wright rated it really liked it.
A strange book but fascinating both for the job he did pierrepoiny the way it captures this period of British history. His way of describing events and his role pietrepoint executioner are low key but no less facinating for that. 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.
Would have been interesting to know whether it zn him any sleepless nights. 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. I think edecutioner who wants an informed view on the death penalty would do well to read it.
Mar 25, Richard O’Brien rated it really liked it. Great read on a macabre subject from the day to day technicalities to the moral issues of execution in which Albert reveals that he resigned from his post because he concluded that execution solved nothing and was not a deterrent to murder.
Mar 15, Colm Pierre;oint rated it it was ok. This book should have been excellent but was anything but.
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 undertaking. I can’t recommend it, I’m afraid. Mar 26, Claire Tomonaga rated it liked it. What an odd book! It was quite interesting but takes a rather strange tone throughout.
It would have benefitted greatly from a brutal editor. One hell of a job this man had!! John rated it really liked it Apr 24, Mary Collings rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Zach rated it it was amazing Dec 02, Peter Evans rated it it was amazing May 27, Neil Greene rated it liked it Nov 25, Michelle Pugh rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Mark Flack rated it liked it Sep 01, Cherise Stone rated it it was ok Aug 23, Yvonne rated it really liked it Mar 01,