Nominative determinism: Ed Roper

I've been reading Pierrepoint - A Family of Executioners, by Steve Fielding. This book traces the career of Albert Pierrepoint, "the most prolific and efficient hangman this country has ever known", as well as those of his father and his uncle – who were both hangmen before him.

Albert Pierrepoint carried out a number of executions in Germany in the years immediately following the Second World War, and on several occasions was assisted by a certain Edwin James Roper.

Ed Roper – what an appropriate name for a hangman! A clear example of nominative determinism...

4 comments:

Apus said...

Really? That's noose to me, JD

Louise said...

I have recently got this book and am looking forward to reading it.

I have read Albert Pierrepoint's own autobiography and that is excellent and charming. He really was a very nice character.

meg griffiths said...

albert perrepoint is or should i say was my great great great great great grandfather and i am proud to be apart of the perrepoint family, i may only be 13 but i know a good character when i hear of one and albert was a good man dispite the job he was enrolled to do.
with love from meg griffiths x

Apus said...

Well said, Meg.