Police in London
have arrested a 44-year-old man in connection with the
brutal murder of Hallam Tennyson, the gay great-grandson of
famed British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Times
of London reported Thursday. A former partner
discovered Tennyson, 85, dead in his bed on December
21. He had suffered head injuries as well as stab
wounds to the neck, the medical examiner told reporters.
Police officials provided no other details about
the suspect, who is being questioned. The BBC reported
that detectives are trying to reconstruct the last
moments of Tennyson's life to try and determine a
motive for the killing.
Investigator Tony Nash told reporters that
Tennyson, a former BBC executive, was an elderly and
vulnerable man. Nash pleaded with anyone who might be
able to shed light on the attack to come forward.
"Despite his years Mr. Tennyson was a lively individual who
continued to lead a full and active life," he added.
Family members told police that Tennyson invited
men back to his apartment up to three times per week.
"Normally, you worry about your teenage children, but
we were worried about him," Tennyson's daughter-in-law
Janice told the Times. "We are all absolutely
devastated. We were all very close to him,
particularly our children, who shared with him a love of
drama." Tennyson had two children and seven grandchildren.
In 1998, Tennyson, writing about his sexual
orientation, said, "Lord Tennyson, my
great-grandfather, lived from 1809 to 1892 and would,
no doubt, be absolutely horrified by me. He was a sexual
prude, whereas I've always been very liberal when it comes
to sex." (Advocate.com)