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Albert Pierrepoint

Albert Pierrepoint (190510 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 women 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. Harrap 1974. p. 211
  • 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.
    • Executioner: Pierrepoint. Harrap 1974. p. 210
  • The trouble with the death penalty has always been that nobody wanted it for everybody, but everybody differed about who should get off.
    • Executioner: Pierrepoint. Harrap 1974. p. 211

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