Patrolman John Henry Tennyson

Photo of Patrolman John Henry Tennyson
End of Watch: Sun, Aug 14th, 1949
Date of Incident: Sun, Aug 14th, 1949
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 4 years
Age: 30


His wife


Patrolman Tennyson was shot and killed by the notorious gangster, Earl David Bircham, when he interrupted a robbery at 2115 hours. Patrolman Tennyson had stopped by a downtown restaurant to see his wife when the incident occurred.

Bircham was executed for the murder in 1952.


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There are 3 tributes for Patrolman John Henry Tennyson.

Patrolman John Henry Tennyson
Left by Bettina L. Blankenship Pashea on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

John Tennyson was my maternal Grandmother's younger brother. He was killed before I was born, but I grew up hearing his story from my Grandmother. I have the detective magazine that featured the story of his death and the scrap book my Grandmother made. My Grandmother never stopped missing him, but she was proud that he gave his life protecting and serving others. May he rest in peace.