PERIPATETICS: Hangman's Holiday

Swinging through Europe, on a hangman's holiday, which will take him to Vienna, Graz, northern Italy and (reportedly) to Nürnberg in time to officiate should Nazi leaders be hanged: Albert ("Yungg Alber"*) Pierrepoint, Britain's Senior Hangman. In Vienna, Pierrepoint will hang eight murderers and rapists, a refresher course for Austrian hangmen (conservative Austrian methods cause hanged men to struggle 20 minutes before dying; the progressive Pierrepoint system kills them almost at once). After his European tour, Hangman Pierrepoint plans to retire and to devote himself to his recently acquired Lancashire pub...

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