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"My Experiences as an Executioner" is a 1892 memoir by English executioner James Berry (1852–1913). Berry was most notable for his contribution to the science of hanging, refining the long drop method developed by William Marwood so as to reduce the mental and physical suffering of those hanged. In this volume, Berry offers insights into the various methods he employed as an executioner and what it was like witnessing people's final moments. Contents include: "The Executioner at Home by H. Snowden Ward", "How I Became an Executioner", "My First Execution", "My Method of Execution", "Other Methods of Execution", "Two Terrible Experiences", "How Murderers Die", "From the Murderer's Point of View", "On Capital Punishment", etc. Read & Co. History is proudly republishing this classic memoir now in a brand new edition complete with the introductory essay "On Anne Green, Her Execution" by John Mainard.