Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners

  • by Steve Fielding
  • Narrated by Norman Gilligan
  • 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Between them, the three men in the fearsome Pierrepoint dynasty executed over 800 people during a career spanning more than half a century. Henry, his brother Thomas, and his son Albert, dispatched some of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, and in the process earned a public notoriety that followed them throughout their eventful lives.For years, the three men were faced with the task - prestigious to some, horrific to many others - of being the last point of contact for the guilty and condemned. The Pierrepoints executed criminals the nation over before travelling to many countries including Egypt and postwar Germany, where they hanged Nazi war criminals, and gained a reputation as the world's most deadly practitioners of the art of hanging."Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners" recounts the intriguing stories of the three men and the effect that their macabre occupation had on their personal lives. This definitive guide is filled with shocking inside tales from the official records and diaries kept by the Pierrepoint family. With revealing insights into the intense rivalry between fellow executioners, new light is shed on the menacing world of years gone by.


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Boring and repetitive

Terrible book that doesn't give you much. Repetitive and boring in my opinion. Don't bother.
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It's a Family affair

This book details the life and times of one family . The pierrepoint family - Three of whom www employed by the British state as executioners between 1901 - 1956

Steve Fielding's book is an interesting work detailing how one family became so closely tied to capital punishment in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. The book follows three of the Pierrepoint family, Henry, Thomas and Albert all of whom held the title of Chief Executioner at different times during the last century.

the book has been well researched detailing as it does. the application process and training required to become a hangman and make it onto the approved list. in addition. many of the cases are described that lead to the criminals appointment with the noose. interestingly it also talks about the many other people who were involved in judicial executions during the rein of the pierrepoint family. it could also be said that this book charts the decline in popularity of capital punishment the growing strength of the abolishonist movement in the UK especially after some high-profile cases many of whom had an appointment with executioner pierrepoint.

Although this book is about the pierrepoint family or the supporting cast of colleagues and criminals that makes this book so enjoyable

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- Dan Rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2013
  • Publisher: Prospero Media