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The Executioners Bible [Kindle Edition]

Steve Fielding
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"The Executioner's Bible" tells the story of these working-class men who carried out this gruesome profession until its abolition in the late 1960's. Despite often being unassuming and quiet professionals, men like Albert Pierrepoint, William Billington and many other Chief and Assistant executioners made a name for themselves in a world hungry for salacious and gruesome news. Read about the bungling hangmen sacked for incompetence; drunken executioners dismissed for brawling; one hangman driven to suicide and another who 'got out just in time', to the last men to pull the lever at the height of the swinging sixties. They were the last of their kind: the hangmen of the 20th Century. And this is their fascinating sometimes repugnant, always enthralling story. The secrets of over six controversial decades of capital punishment are finally revealed.

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About the Author

Steve Fielding's previous works include "The Hangman's Record, Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners, "and The Murder Casebook""series. He has worked as the historical consultant on the Discovery Channel series "The Executioners" and has contributed to several magazines such as "The Criminologist," "Master Detective," and "True Crime."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4067 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (12 Nov. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGWZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bible or guidebook? I'm not sure........ 11 Mar. 2013
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This isn't quite as good as the Pierrepoint family biography, chiefly because you get to know less
about the executioners and their 'clients'. If you're keen though on the actual mechanics of
hanging, this is fine.

One executioner's assistant, though, offers a classic 'line,' by name William Warbrick:
'It's a nasty drop through the trapdoors, even without a rope around your neck!'
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At the End Of Their Rope 16 Aug. 2009
Some years ago I worked in the civil service with a man who had applied to be added to the list of public executioners. He was disappointed when capital punishment was abolished before his application was considered. Having read this account of those who carried out the duties of public executioner I am far from convinced that his easy going personality would have been suited to the task.

Even the SS found there was only so much direct killing one could carry out without being sickened by it. Many executioners found their task equally as sickening. A number plied themselves with drink before undertaking the task. John Ellis, who had been present at two hundred hangings, was so disturbed by the distressed state of Edith Thompson when she was executed in 1923, that he drank heavily and attempted suicide the following year. He finally succeeded in taking his own life in 1932.

Albert Pierrepoint developed a reputation for speed and efficiency that few could match, although many tried. In 1926 William Willis was so anxious to get an execution over with that he almost noosed one of the prison guards. He was removed later that year having been characterised by the Governor of Pentonville prison as being "offensive, over-bearing, ostentatious and generally objectionable in his manner".

Rivalries were fierce and in 1909 Henry Pierrepoint was sacked for assaulting John Ellis while both were on duty at Chelmsford prison. In addition, there were numerous complaints from those appointed about not getting their "fair share" of executions.

Hangmen were very poorly paid and were always complaining about being out of pocket in performing their public duty.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging Around. 29 Aug. 2012
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I ordered this book as I had seen the 'Pierrepoint' film with Timothy Spalding and read the autobiography by the man himself, Albert Pierrepoint. There is simply no end to the saga of hanging and if that's your thing then this book is for you. It's not so much that the book involves you in capital punshment, it embraces you, completely, in a seemingly never ending litany of people being .. well ... hanged ! I had no idea that so many had paid the ultimate price. The perpetrators listed range from wicked to pathetic/tragic to almost farcical. Let's face it, some of them would hardly qualify for the 'brightest cats on the block'. That said, I could hardly put this book down and I came away from it with the notion that, somehow or other, some of the hangmen suffered a slower and more painful death than their 'clients'.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Read 7 Oct. 2010
You have to hand it to Steve Fielding - he knows how to make the most of his material. Having amassed a wealth of information, both on the crimes and the subsequent hangings and hangmen, he has successfully recycled it into a whole range of entertaining books. In this superb offering, we not only get to read about the crimes - which, as has been pointed out, have been largely documented in the public domain and often explained better elsewhere - but also many of the delightful details of the executions themselves. It would be good if Steve had provided references for his sources.

Albert Pierrepoint provided a much-sanitised account of hanging, giving the impression that each execution was a clinical and precise operation carried out by skilled and caring individuals who were inflicting the ultimate penalty with as much speed and dignity as was humanly possible. By contrast, Fielding has no qualms about describing culprits as being dragged to the gallows `semi-conscious' in some cases, and `kicking and screaming' in others. Neither are we spared the drunkenness, aggression, cynicism, and even incompetence of certain hangmen - including one of the Pierrepoints - and the unfortunate cases where death was less than instantaneous.

This is a great book, because you can pick it up, open it at random and be guaranteed a good body count - both from the original offence, and the subsequent hanging - in just about every paragraph. I particularly enjoy the table of hangings in the Appendix, giving both chief executioner and his assistant (or assistants), in much the same way you might see a report of goals scorers over the course of a football club's history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate 2 Jun. 2012
I enjoyed this book more then I expected to. It gives a lot of insite into the world of the executioner. I have read a lot on this subject and this was interesting new information. I recommend it to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The excecutioners bible 15 July 2010
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This book tells the story of mainly working men who had the job of the hangman, highly interesting if you are in to it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not brilliant
Reasonably interesting book but a bit patchy at times. Jumps about a lot and at times is more or less just a list of executions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. John Mcarthur
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
It feels remarkably thorough, and it has doubtless taken a great deal of work,but it reads like a list, or sequence of bullet points. Not a series of stories.
Published 2 months ago by AyTeee
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes or No
An interesting and thought provoking book which details many of the "for & against" arguments that range on the subject.
Published 3 months ago by Icky
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
The cases described show how horrible murders can be but the ultimate penalty was not appearing to be a deterrent
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
In the middle of reading it still, but it's great
Published 7 months ago by stuart lee
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Not bad, but not enough about the hangmen themselves.
Maybe too much of a brief description of who they were away to hang and what they did in the crime they committed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sean May
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative
Published 11 months ago by James Twells
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
An interesting read though I still do not understand the men who chose this profession.
Published 12 months ago by Else Grønbech
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
What i am waiting for is my order for { the last british hang man }
Published 12 months ago by Eric William Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Interesting read and very imformative
Published 14 months ago by Jim
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