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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Immediately before he was to be hanged, Christie, his hands tied behind his back, complained that his nose itched. That executioner was named Albert Pierrepoint and between andhe hanged a record number of people in accordance with British law.

While the exact number of people remains unknown, common estimates say it plerrepoint while the man himself once claimed Albert Pierrepoint, born March 30, in Yorkshire, was always going to be an executioner. His father and uncle were both executioners, and Pierrepoint wanted to continue in the family business.

In the meantime, he made ends meet in his new home in Greater Manchester by taking odd jobs like making deliveries for a wholesale grocer. Finally, inPierrepoint got this shot at being an executioner when a space opened up following the resignation of an assistant executioner. He attended his first execution in Dublin in late — which was carried out by his uncle, Thomas Pierrepoint — and was able to observe and assist in a number of executions afterward.

Between andPierrepoint traveled to Germany and Austria more than 20 times in order to execute some of the most disturbing Nazis to have committed atrocities during the war.

Wikimedia Commons Irma Grese. He even once hanged pierrepoijt in a single day on Feb. After executing so many hated Nazis, Pierrepoint became famous as a sort of quasi-war hero and also made enough money to buy a pub named The Poor Struggler outside Manchester while still carrying out executions when the need arose.


After Corbitt was sentenced to death, Albert Pierrepoint was the one to perform the execution.

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He said it was only time that he regretted doing his job. Accounts vary, but some say that this is when Pierrepoint began to consider putting down the noose for good. Receiving his full rate in such a case would have been customary but not mandatory in such a case.

The reason that Albert Pierrepoint was able to become so pierrepoinh — the reason he was called upon to kill people executione and again — is that he developed a reputation for being extremely quick, calm, and efficient during his executions. Too long a rope and the longer fall can end with such force that the prisoner is decapitated. Pierrepoint was a master of this craft, and at remaining calm throughout the proceedings. One interview from the sduring which he describes his process, illustrates the calm, detached, and thorough way in which he was able to go about his work:.

It is a small room with a trap in the center of the floor. A bag is filled with sand and we rehearse the drop to see that all is in order. The prisoner is out of his cell when we are doing this so he does not hear the noise of what we are doing… We leave the bag hanging to stretch the rope overnight and go off to our room to wait until next morning.

The prisoner has his back to us when I come in in case he might get excited. Then when I am inside, I fasten his arms behind his back with a leather strap. The knot is the secret of it. We have to put it on the left lower jaw… so we have strangulation.


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As soon as I see everything is ready, I pull the executionr and the prisoner falls through it and it is all over in an instant. While Albert Pierrepoint may have remained suitably detached during his career, he did go on to voice his opinions after his resignation. Inhe wrote a memoir entitled Executioner: There have been murders since the beginning of time, and we shall go on looking for deterrents pierreplint the end of time. I have come to the conclusion that executions solve nothing, and are only an antiquated relic of a primitive desire for revenge which takes the easy way and hands over responsibility for revenge to other people.

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. Of course, Britain never did bring it back and Pierrepoint remained one of the last, and certainly the most well-known, in a long line of British executioners.

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Throughout the s and ’50s, British hangman Albert Pierrepoint made a career out of killing everyone from infamous serial murderers to Nazi war criminals. Report a bad ad experience. William DeLong is a freelance wordsmith. He thanks you for reading his content. You might also like.