Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners by Steve Fielding
For fifty five years, generations of the Pierrepoint family served as fearsome hangmen in England. The dynasty began in 1901 with Henry Pierrepoint. He was followed into the gruesome profession by his brother Thomas and in time, his eldest son Albert. Between them, they carried out an amazing 900 executions. This book recounts the lives and tales of the Pierrepoint family; their reasons for taking up the profession and the inside details of the execution cases and the deeds themselves. Insight is shed on the feuds and intense rivalry between fellow hangmen as well as the notorious cases that kept the family firmly in the spotlight. With extracts from diaries and comments on the families representation in the media, this book provides a fascinating look at a profession that is long gone, but certainly not forgotten.