30 Jun '15, 1pm

Albert Pierrepoint

Albert Pierrepoint

Albert Pierrepoint is not as well known today. If it wasn’t for Timothy Spall’s depiction of England’s last hangman in a recent film he would by now have been forgotten. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle Pierrepoint’s first ’client’ on 17th October 1941 was Antonio ’Babe’ Mancini a member of the notorious Sabini crime gang. A turf war between Jewish and Italian groups in Soho culminated in a fatal stabbing. T he victim was Harry ’Scarface’ Distleman murdered by Mancini on 1st May. Just over 5 months later Mancini bade everyone present a good humoured “cheerio” as he literally launched from the scaffold Albert Pierrepoint’s career. Pierrepoint would go on to hang over 400 people; his record was an impressive 17 in a day. on Friday 13th December 1945 he executed 13 Belsen Concentration Camp staff before lunch. A strange set of circumstances would lead Englan...

Full article: http://www.cabbieblog.com/albert-pierrepoint/

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