2 January 1924 – Matthew Nunn
Despite craving death, Matthew Frederick Atkinson Nunn managed to cheat himself out of it twice.
On 14 November 1923, jealous Nunn slit his girlfriend Minetta May Kelly’s throat for which he was sentenced to death. He then tried to commit suicide. Apparently his murderous jealousy had been fuelled by the suspicion that Kelly had become friendly with another man.
On a seemingly romantic walk through fields with Nunn in Newcastle, Kelly’s throat was cut.
Tried and failed
Heartbroken Nunn then turned the blade on himself in a failed attempt to kill himself.
He was just 24 when he was hanged by Thomas Pierrepoint on 2 January 1924 in Durham. But even his execution attempt failed the first time. As the gallows opened the rope snapped and he fell to the pit half strangled – he was finally fatally hanged again 24 minutes later.