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EXECUTIONER. The name given to him who puts criminals to death, according to their sentence; a hangman.
     2. In the United States, executions are so rare that there are no executioners by profession. It is the duty of the sheriff or marshal to perform this office, or to procure a deputy to do it for him.

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END OF STORY: One of the two last condemned men to die in Britain met his maker at Walton Prison -- where former chief executioner Albert Pierrepoint from Southport (inset below) also carried out his work
And that's where she becomes the would-be executioner.
According to Deadline, "Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward III's charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword.
This was the last execution carried out by Thomas Pierrepoint, a notorious executioner who killed six of the 17 men.
Givens - who was chief executioner for Virginia from 1982 to 1999 - told how he prayed with the condemned before they died to help them repent.
Scheduled for a June 30 release through Hollywood Pictures is Judge Dredd, a futuristic action adventure film based on the popular international comic book about a 22nd-century policeman empowered to act as a judge, jury and executioner.
The police are not judge, jury and executioner, nor should they be.
A VETERAN executioner has lifted the lid on his life in the death chamber and said his experience has made him oppose capital punishment.
THE dad of murdered ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko said yesterday President Putin was his son's chief executioner.
Q WHY in times gone by did kings, queens and nobility give a coin to the executioner before being sentenced to death?
And when they're not arguing, they're expounding personal visions such as the harrowingly detailed account of the Crucifixion from a five-volume work, ``The Poem of the Man God,'' by Maria Valtorta (1897-1961), an Italian mystic: ``The executioner places the point of the nail on the wrist, he raises the hammer and gives the first stroke.
Teletext says Jones has bought the rights to The Hangman's Tale - based on the life of Britain's last executioner, and plans to develop it with Penn's help.