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Pierrepoint. Albert Pierrepoint
by Albert Pierrepoint
- Language: english
- Author: Albert Pierrepoint
- Publisher: Eric Dobby Publishing
- Genres: biography, history, crime, autobiography
- Release date: March 1, 2007
- Format: hardcover, 216 pages
- ISBN: 9781858820613 (1858820618)
About The Book
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, Henry Albert Pierrepoint, his brother Thomas William, and Henry’s son.
Albert Pierrepoint became an executioner in 1931, at the age of 27, and resigned his office as Official Executioner in 1956. In 1949 he gave extensive evidence to the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment. He stated to the Commission: “I have operated on behalf of the state, what I am convinced was the most humane and the most dignified of meting out death to a delinquent — however justified or unjustified the allotment of death may be — and on behalf of humanity I trained other nations to adopt the British system of execution. 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.”
This autobiography now offers a documentary record of his experience, which in retrospect he summed up as follows: “I do not now believe that any of the hundreds of executions I carried out has in any way acted as a deterrent against further murder. Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge.
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