The Unsound Mind of the Hangman – John Ellis, Chief Executioner


The story of John Ellis, one of the most tragic figures in the annals of British executioners during the first quarter of the 20th century, is a sombre and complex narrative that sheds light on the human toll exacted by the administration of capital punishment.

John Ellis’s career as an executioner was one he seemingly embraced, and over the course of 23 years, he would participate in just over 200 executions.

But throughout his career, his inner demons would eventually get the better of him.

This is his story ..

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