The Hangman’s Chilling Tools of the Trade: The Evil Murder Kit Used by Britain’s Last Executioner, Albert Pierrepoint Could Sell Thousands of Dollars at Auction
- cooling tools used by Executioner Albert Pierrepoint put up for auction
- Items belonging to Pierrepoint have previously sold for thousands of pounds
Some of the chilling tools used by Britain’s most famous hangman are up for auction.
Albert Pierrepoint executed about 600 people Including notorious German Nazi war criminal Josef Kramer and Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.
The execution kit items that Pierrepoint used throughout his 25-year career included some terrifying tools, including the cloth execution hoods that are sold today. daily star report.
Tools that belonged to a famous executioner have previously been auctioned and sold for thousands of pounds.
Some of the chilling tools used by Britain’s most famous hangman, Albert Pierrepoint (pictured in 1973) are up for auction.
The run kit he used featured some gruesome tools over his 25-year career.His execution book was previously auctioned as part of a lot that sold for £20,000
Photo: Albert Pierrepoint’s Execution Hood sold at a previous auction
Pierrepoint, the country’s chief hangman, took the third deadliest occupation in his family’s dynasty.
A native of Yorkshire, he grew up with dreams of taking over the family business, writing, “When I finish school, I want to be a proper executioner.”
He sentenced people to death from 1932 to 1956 and carried out hundreds of executions.
The Hangman was summoned to Germany after World War II to try Nazi war criminals.
The former greengrocer is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of more than 200 Nazi war criminals and was treated like a hero by many once his identity was revealed.
An accountant, he never talked about his “other” job. This work was not paid to the vassals, but there was a fee of about £1,250 in today’s money for each execution.
His full-time employer, a wholesale grocer, gave him time off to carry out his duties and asked no questions.
So did my wife Anne. When he was called to perform her hanging, he simply told her, “I’m not going to see you for a few days.”
British official executioner Albert Pierrepoint seen here on his honeymoon with his wife
Albert Pierrepoint executed nearly 600 people, including notorious German Nazi war criminal Joseph Kramer (pictured)
Irma Grese, Juana Bormann, Elisabeth Volkenrath and Franz Hassler (pictured) were convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death by a British military court and were killed by British executioner Albert in Hamelin Prison on 13 December 1945. Hanged by Pierrepoint.
The executioner reportedly believed that a “higher power” had selected him to perform the “sacred” task of hanging.
Pierrepoint was noted for his meticulous attention and note-taking in preparations for execution. He used to note in the execution book whether a person was “little” or “flabby”.
He also measured his height so that he could determine exactly how long his neck would need to break.
Pierrepoint later admitted that despite his long career in executions, he did not believe in the death penalty.
Britain abolished the death penalty in 1965, and in his 1974 autobiography Pierrepoint said he did not believe the death penalty would be a deterrent. Murders have happened since recorded history, and we will continue to search for a deterrent until the end of time.
“If death is a deterrent, you might expect me to know. I was the last to face them.”
“I was amazed to see their courage to step into the unknown. I didn’t deter them then, nor did I deter them when they committed what they were convicted of.
“Every man and woman I faced in that final moment convinces me that what I did didn’t prevent the murder.”
Albert Pierrepoint’s Most Notorious Victim
Among the 600 victims who suffered at the hands of the hangman, a few notable exceptions stand out.
Pierrepoint hanged over 200 German and Austrian war criminals and many high-profile murderers.
During World War II, executioners hanged 15 German spies and an American soldier was convicted on death row in England.
He was later sent to Hamelin, Germany, to execute 11 officers of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
From 1948 to 1949 he visited Hamelin many times and killed 226 people, more than ten people in one day.
Upon his return to Britain, he executed Theodore Schulch, the last person to be hanged for treason after defecting to the Italian and German intelligence services in the war.
However, he was not selected to carry out the execution at the Nuremberg Trials, and amateur American Sergeant John C. Woods took his place.
Photos later circulated suggesting that he did a poor job that it took 20 minutes for one victim to die.
In August 1949, he hanged John Hay, known as the “Acid Bath Murderer.”
Haig was found guilty of murdering six people using sulfuric acid to dispose of corpses.
Gordon Cummins, “The Blackout Ripper”, was hanged by Pierrepoint after murdering four women during a World War II blackout and attempting to murder two more. rice field.
Other famous casualties include Lord Ho Ho, a British Nazi propaganda broadcaster who was convicted of treason in 1945.
Welsh model Ruth Ellis murdered her abusive husband David Blakely, a racing driver, in 1955.
The case received public attention and a petition with 50,000 signatures was delivered to Home Secretary Gwilym Lloyd George asking for reprieve.
He refused to allow it, and Ellis became the last woman to be hanged in Britain.
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