Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Shepherd’s Hill murder, revisited.

I got it wrong.

They’ve put a poster up in Highgate tube station showing the murder victim. Turns out he wasn’t an elderly Afro-Caribbean gentleman at all. He was white. And a descendant of Alfred Lord Tennyson, to boot.

Hallam Tennyson.

Must have been a bad photocopy. And it was night. And the copper was reluctant to let the flyer out of his hand.

One thing I did get right. He would have had some interesting stories to tell.


Paul Campbell said...

"He wasn’t an elderly Afro-Caribbean gentleman at all. Turns out he was a descendant of Alfred Lord Tennyson."

The combination is not impossible, surely!

roger said...

You're right Paul. It niggled me when I wrote it. I've changed the wording now to say what I meant, I think. Write in haste, repent in leisure.

Debra Broughton said...

It sounds like he was someone I would love to have known - a socialist writer and conscientious objector just as a start. But why on earth did his parents name him Beryl?

Myfanwy Collins said...

He sounds like such a wonderful man and what a fascinating life he led.