The Press: End of the Rope

After the House of Commons voted to outlaw the death penalty, Britain's Chief Hangman Albert Pierrepoint, 45, quit the job that has been in his family for 85 years and turned his strong, steady hand to his memoirs. Fleet Street, which has spiced many a grey Sunday with the death-cell memoirs of murder ers, bid eagerly for the chance to take their readers right into the execution chamber. The winner: Lord Kemsley's Sunday Empire News (circ. 1,961,230), which paid a reported £40,000 ($112,000) for Pierrepoint's own story of how, in 26 years, he took...

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