Albert Pierrepoint, who some might know from the film "The Last Hangman" was a fascinating character. Born near Bradford, Yorkshire to a family of executioners, he felt early in life that it was his divine calling to become one too. And he became one of the most prolific, and the best at what he did. His point of view was that if someone was sentenced to be executed, he would do it as quickly and painlessly as possible. Hanging, when bungled, can be either torturous or a gruesome spectacle. But Pierrepoint never bungled. Unlike other hangmen, or indeed, unlike the so called humane method of lethal injection practiced in America today - where people are often strapped to a gurney for more than an hour as medics probe for a vein - Pierrepoint was quick. He once led someone from his cell door into eternity in 7 seconds. At the end of his life, Pierrepoint came out against capital punishment, saying he didn't think it had ever deterred a single murder.