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  Albert Pierrepoint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albert Pierrepoint 30 March 1905 - 10 July 1992 is the most celebrated member of a Yorkshire family who provided three of Britain's Chief Executioners in the first half of the 20th century.
Albert's first execution as "Number One" was that of gangster Antonio Mancini at Pentonville prison, London, on 17 October 1941, who said "Cheerio!" before the trap was sprung.
Albert Pierrepoint is often referred to as Britain's last hangman, but this is not true — executions continued until 13 August 1964 when Gwynne Owen Evans was hanged at 8.00 a.m.
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 Albert Pierrepoint
Albert Pierrepoint (1905 - 10 July 1992) is the most celebrated member of a Yorkshire family who provided three of Great Britain's Chief Executioners in the first half of the twentieth century.
Albert's first execution as "Number One" was that of gangster Antonio "Babe" Mancini at Pentonville Prison, London, on 17 October 1941.
Albert Pierrepoint is often referred to as Britain's last hangman, but this is not true -- executions continued until 13 August 1964 when Gwynne Owen Evans was hanged at 8.00 a.m.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/al/Albert_Pierrepoint.html   (699 words)

 Pierrepoint.co.uk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Albert was the last of the Pierrepoints to serve as Official Executioner of Great Britain and Ireland.
Albert started his career in 1932, serving as assistant to his Uncle Tom, and became Chief Executioner in 1940 at the age of thirty-three.
Albert was committed to his work and sought the most humane and dignified means in ending the lives of all those he executed.
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 The English hangmen
Albert Pierrepoint was by far the most prolific hangman of the 20th century having executed an estimated 433 men and 17 women in his 24 years of service in this country and abroad.
Albert is credited with the quickest hanging on record when he, assisted by Sid Dernley, executed James Inglis in only 7 seconds on the 8th of May 1951 at Strangeways in Manchester.
Robert Leslie Stewart was born in Edinburgh and assisted Albert Pierrepoint and Steve Wade in at least 10 executions between 1952 and 1959 before becoming a principal himself, in 1959, when he officiated at the execution of Michael Tatum at Winchester on the 14th of May of that year.
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 Confessions of a Hangman - [Sunday Herald]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Albert Pierrepoint was not on that particular list, having resigned from his post as Official Executioner of Great Britain almost a decade before the death penalty was last enforced at 8am on August 13, 1964, when two men swung at the same time for their parts in a single murder.
All of Pierrepoint’s notable executions are reconstructed here, against a moveable backdrop of British social history – he reached the peak of his career, and the reluctant height of his celebrity, when he was commissioned to hang the German military prisoners, male and female, who had operated the Nazi death camp at Belsen.
But Albert Pierrepoint could take one look at a man or woman sentenced to death, and know the precise measurements required to exert 1260 lbs of “striking force” on their second and third cervical vertebrae, severing the spinal cord and producing painless, unconscious, almost instantaneous death.
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Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's chief hangman from 1946 to 1956, died on 10 July aged 87, whilst Harry Allen, Britain's last official chief hangman died in August, aged 80.
Albert Pierrepoint when giving evidence to the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment which was set up in 1949, said, "the knot is the secret of it.
Harry Allen succeeded Albert Pierrepoint as chief executioner in 1956.
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 BBC News | UK | Hangman dropped for drinking
But files recently released at the Public Record Office show that Henry Pierrepoint was sacked because he had arrived for an execution in Chelmsford in July 1910 "considerably the worse for drink".
According to the chief warder, as his officers were handing over the prisoner's details Pierrepoint suddenly "opened a volley of abuse" at his assistant, John Ellis.
Ellis claimed that he had advised Pierrepoint to drink less as it "gave the public the impression he had to drink to do his work".
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 Hangmen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Pierrepoint, who first applied for a position at the age of 26, would in 1934 bind himself contractually to King George VI and his heirs for payment of 50 pounds.
Pierrepoint was left the concentration camp heirachy "Beasts of Belsen" the Neanderthal Josef Kramer, Elizabeth Volkenrath, Juana Borman and the twenty one year old Irma Grese..
With Albert Pierrepoint being clocked in with 12-second executions, customer protestations of innocence or belated confessions of guilt were no impediment to the business at hand.
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 The world's top albert pierrepoint websites
Albert's first execution as "Number One" was that of gangster Antonio "Babe" Mancini at Pentonville Prison, London, on 17 October 1941 - who said "Cheerio!" before the trap was sprung.
Contrary to the myth, Pierrepoint had no regrets about her execution - in fact it was one of the few times he spoke publicly about one of his charges, and he made it abundantly clear he felt she deserved no less.
This incident in particular made Albert feel that hanging was no deterrent - particularly when most of his clients were those that had killed in the heat of the moment rather than premeditated or in furtherance of a robbery.
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 The Last Hangman (2005)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Pierrepoint is played by Timothy Spall, most noted for his great supporting roles in Vanilla Sky and The Last Samurai.
Pierrepoint's only real drive is that of any honest, hard working man. He just wants to be good at what he does.
Pierrepoint kept a logbook of all the people who he killed, their names written in perfect script.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0462477   (678 words)

 Pentonville prison
Albert Pierrepoint described the trap in 1931 as having two leaves, each some 8 feet 6 inches long by 2 feet 6 inches wide, with rubber backed spring clips to catch them when they were released.
The prison engineer was responsible for training new recruits and after they had had their medical and interview with the governor, he took them straight to the execution chamber where he showed them round and explained the equipment.
After that, Albert Pierrepoint took over and with the exception of the one execution carried out by his uncle, had a virtual monopoly until 1954.
www.richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk /penton.html   (5056 words)

 Albert Pierrepoint   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
James Corbitt was a regular in Albert Pierrepoint's London pub, "Help The Poor Struggler", and he and Albert had sung "Danny Boy" together on the same night that James...
Albert was committed to his work and sought the most humane and...
Albert was the last of the Pierrepoints to serve as Official Executioner...
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 Blood & Treasure: our Albert, executioner
Executioner: Pierrepoint is the autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s last master hangman.
Albert himself comes across as a gentle soul, imbued with the spirit of the primitive Methodist and Unitarian chapels he attended as a child.
Albert executed 433 people during his career, a figure inflated by his work at the Nuremburg Trials, where he cut a mighty swathe through concentration camp guards and the like, turning off 200 in all.
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 Consolation Champs: The Last Hangman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Pierrepoint’s reputation grows and after the war, he’s flown to Germany by the British Army and placed in charge of executing scores of Nazi war criminals.
By the mid-1950s, Albert Pierrepoint resigns his position (ostensibly over unpaid fees) and completely reverses his own position on capital punishment, though he initially keeps his opinions to himself.
Pierrepoint’s determination to remain detached takes a terrible toll on his life and is bound to fail eventually.
www.consolationchamps.com /archives/2005/09/the_last_hangman.html   (543 words)

 Steve Wade - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Steve Wade (died 1956) was one of the United Kingdom's executioners from 1941 to 1955.
He had also worked as an assistant to Tom and Albert Pierrepoint on 31 occasions and carried out 28 executions in his own right.
His last job was that of Alec Wilkinson whom he and Robert Leslie Stewart hanged at Armley jail, Leeds on 12 August 1955.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Steve_Wade   (98 words)

 'Albert II of Belgium' to 'Aldrich Ames'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Albert II of Belgium (1934 births, Belgian monarchs, Belgian monarchy, House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Albert I of Brandenburg (1100 births, 1170 deaths, Dukes of Saxony)
Albert Sévigny (1881 births, 1961 deaths, Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons)
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 News - Yorkshire Post Today: News, Sport, Jobs, Property, Cars, Entertainments & More: LB6   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
A man who prided himself on his professionalism, Pierrepoint demonstrated his no-nonsense approach in 1951 at Strangeways when James Inglis was led from his cell to meet his maker just seven seconds later.
Pierrepoint kept his thoughts to himself until his 1974 autobiography, Executioner: Pierrepoint, in which he said: "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 the responsibility for revenge to other people...
Pierrepoint also executed Derek Bentley, who was hanged in 1953 despite pleas for clemency from 200 MPs and others.
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 Syd Dernley : Executioner & Interview Part 1
The passage of time has since seen the demise of every executioner and their assistants (Pierrepoint died in 1992).
"Ruth Ellis were a small lass and Pierrepoint [the principal executioner] gave her a long drop in accordance with the tables.
James Berry and Albert Pierrepoint, the two executioners who dominated their business over the last 150 years, later came to regret their activities and they denounced capital punishment.
www.simon-jones.org.uk /articles/syd_dernley_interview_part1.htm   (1190 words)

 Albert Pierrepoint: Executioner: Pierrepoint: Compare Cheapest Prices UK
I thought it was really useful being able to read about Alberts past and his family in his own words.
yes Albert Pierrepoint was a hangman, but he considered it a craft and was not the sort of man to talk about what he did much.
Albert Pierrepoint has written a book about the job his Father and uncle did before him.
www.comparebookprices.co.uk /B/Albert-Pierrepoint-Executioner-Pierrepoint-(0340717017).htm   (718 words)

 Toronto International Film Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
According to Pierrepoint’s mother, the same job had turned his father into an alcoholic and hustled him into an early grave, yet Pierrepoint feels he has the unique skills to succeed.
Pierrepoint is concerned not with the morality of execution, but with ensuring a quick and humane death.
Juliet Stevenson is a lovely counterpoint as his wife; her tough response to Pierrepoint’s later dilemma delivers a chilling reminder that human life consists of considerably more than statistics.
www.e.bell.ca /filmfest/2005/films_description.asp?id=212   (415 words)

 Londonist: Human Rights Watch Film Fest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
PIERREPOINT is the devastating, true-life story of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's most notorious hangman.
Living a double life as a master hangman and humble grocery deliveryman/loyal husband, Pierrepoint's obsession to become the “Number One” executioner in the land results in him executing some of Britain's most infamous murderers and Nazi war criminals.
As his two lives collide and 1950's public opinion turns against capital punishment, Pierrepoint is troubled by his notoriety and ready to give it all up— but fate has other plans in store for him.
www.londonist.com /archives/2006/02/human_rights_wa.php   (474 words)

 Sir Findo Gask » Blog Archive » The greatest double act that never was.
It all came to an end when Ruth was executed by Albert at HMP Holloway at 0900 on 13 July 1955.
Albert came from a family of hangmen His father Henry, was the chief executioner and his uncle Thomas was also a hangman.
Urban legend has it that Albert Pierrepoint was so affected by his job as a hangman, that in later life he would spend hours tying his shoelaces and getting them as tight as he could.
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 Syd Dernley : Executioner & Interview Part 2
In the final pages of his autobiography, Pierrepoint made a shocking statement: in his opinion, capital punishment served no useful purpose and should not be reintroduced.
Syd Dernley worked with Pierrepoint on several occasions, so I asked him whether he thought that perhaps Pierrepoint was in a better position to comment on this issue than he was.
Like Syd, Pierrepoint had time to reflect on the validity of executions once he had retired.
www.simon-jones.org.uk /articles/syd_dernley_interview_part2.htm   (1613 words)

 The Mazal Library
The sentence of this court is that you suffer death by being hanged.
One extraordinary claim is that Albert Pierrepoint, a professional executioner who hanged many hundreds of men and women throughout his career, was in love with, attracted by, or even terribly fond of Irma Grese.
To put an end to some of the falsehoods spewed by Holocaust deniers, eight pages of Pierrepoint's book are presented both as text files and as scanned pages of the original book.
www.mazal.org /archive/PIERRE/PierreIntro.htm   (330 words)

 Stephen Melton -
Albert Yarwood's daughter, Mabel (left) worked as an assistant in a baker's shop.
She later told her children that her father, Cyril Desmonde, had run away with the daughter of Albert Pierrepoint, the former public hangman, who ran a pub in Oldham called the 'Help the Poor Struggler'.
This would suggest that Cyril was in Oldham during the 1940's, as Albert Pierrepoint used the money he had earned as public hangman, particularly after the War Crimes Tribunal to buy the pub in Oldham, so Cyril probably met his daughter after the war.
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