A quiet Yorkshireman (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) who, through following in the footsteps of his uncle, ended up legitimately killing 450 people through his job as the ‘British Home Office Chief Executioner’.
Pierrepoint tied the slipknot on some of Britain’s most infamous murderers at a time when the nation got rid of its convicted murderers rather than stick them in a high security prison and give them a nice en-suite cell with a widescreen telly on the wall.
On one occasion, ‘Alb’ turned up to discover that his 2pm date with the noose was cancelled due to some innocent feller getting a reprieve and on another occasion, due to an argument with the Home Office about his fee, ‘Alb’ didn’t turn up. How’s that for high jinks?
Unlike many of those he met during his working hours, Albert Pierrepoint lived to the ripe of age of 85 and whilst sending literally hundreds of people to their death, he served no punishment for doing so and actually saved the country a lot of money in the long run..