Albert Pierrepoint

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Albert Pierrepoint (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.


  • All the men and woman whom I have faced at that final moment, convince me that in what I have done, I have not prevented a single murder.
    • Executioner: Pierrepoint, 1974


  • 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...The trouble with the death penalty has always been that nobody wanted it for everybody, but everybody differed about who should get off.

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