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Lot 1271/0217

Estimate: €800-1200

Pierrepoint (Thomas, Executioner) An interesting A.L.S. with stamp of ‘Aireacht Airgid,’ (Department of Finance), dated 11th August 1925, from his home address near Bradford, Yorkshire, submitting his claim for fees and expenses ‘in connection with the executions of Michael Talbot and Mrs. Annie Walsh at Mountjoy Prison Dublin, on the 5th August 1925,’ on the scale allowed by the Minister of Finance.
Pierrepoint’s fee for the two executions was £15, a reduction of £5 compared to his fee for a single job (£10). It is interesting that between 1923 and 1925, somebody evidently pointed out to him the correct spelling of ‘expenses.’ (See previous item).
Michael Talbot was Annie Walsh’s nephew; the two were sentenced and executed for the murder of Mrs. Walsh’s husband in what was described as a ‘crime of passion’. It is the only occasion in Free State history when two civil executions took place on the same day., and probably the only instance of the execution of a woman (in other cases the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on the advice of the Government). An unique item. (1)

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