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List of Famous Executioners

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List of famous executioners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top executioners in the world? This includes the most prominent executioners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable executioners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic executioners were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned executioners.

These people, like Erich Mielke and Albert Pierrepoint include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known executioners to the lesser known executioners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the executioner field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous executioners ever?" and "What are the names of famous executioners?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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    Erich Fritz Emil Mielke (German: [ˈeːʁɪç ˈmiːlkə]; 28 December 1907 – 21 May 2000) was a German communist official who served as head of the East German Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatsicherheit), better known as the Stasi, from 1957 until shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A native of Berlin and a second-generation member of the Communist Party of Germany, Mielke was one of two triggermen in the 1931 murders of Berlin Police Captains Paul Anlauf and Franz Lenck. After learning that a witness had survived, Mielke escaped prosecution by fleeing to the Soviet Union, where he was recruited into the NKVD. He was one of the perpetrators of the Great Purge as...  more
  • Harry Bernard Allen (5 November 1911 – 14 August 1992) was one of Britain's last official executioners, officiating between 1941 and 1964. He was chief executioner at 41 executions and acted as assistant executioner at 53 others, at various prisons in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Cyprus. He acted as assistant executioner for 14 years, mostly to Albert Pierrepoint from 1941 to 1955. In October 1955 Allen was appointed as Chief Executioner alongside Pierrepoint, although he did not execute anyone in this role until 10 May 1956, when he hanged two EOKA members in Cyprus. Pierrepoint was no longer available because he had resigned in February 1956. Allen's most...  more
  • Thomas Pierrepoint

    Thomas William Pierrepoint (1870 – 11 February 1954) was an English executioner from 1906 until 1946. He was the brother of Henry Pierrepoint and uncle of Albert Pierrepoint....  more
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    Giovanni Battista Bugatti

    Giovanni Battista Bugatti (1779–1869) was the official executioner for the Papal States from 1796 to 1864. He was the longest-serving executioner in the States and was nicknamed Mastro Titta, a Roman corruption of maestro di giustizia, or master of justice. At the age of 85, he was retired by Pope Pius IX with a monthly pension of 30 scudi....  more