Man suspected of killing his mother, her partner and sister (6) 'loved his mum'
Janet Jordon's former landlady said as a youngster Jed Allen loved his mother and she loved him too, but her real love was alcohol.
Police are hunting Allen in connection with the fatal stabbing of his six-year-old sister Derin, Ms Jordon, and her partner Phil Howard.
Jane Ilott, 68, who used to be Ms Jordon's landlady in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, said: "I didn't know Jed as a 6ft man, I know him as a little fella who was really struggling.
"He absolutely loved his mum and she him, but she didn't know... Drink was Jan's real love but she did love Jed."
Describing Ms Jordon as "beautiful" and "absolutely cracking", Mrs Ilott continued: "She shouldn't have been a mum, she wasn't a bad woman, she just was an alcoholic."
The pensioner explained that her 48-year-old former tenant was not the kind of person that you got to know well, and that she moved into one of her houses in Bicester before moving to Didcot.
"Jed used to come round here when Janet was a little bit... I don't want to be unkind but Janet did have a drink problem.
"He lived with his dad and he was a lovely, lovely boy. He would come down some weekends, he would either be with his nan, who lives in Kidlington, or with his mum.
"I can only speak honest, if Jed has done anything untoward, the upbringing the poor little b****r had, I'm not surprised.
Mrs Ilott also said that there had been occasions when her grandchildren were young and she had told Ms Jordon "no" when she had looked over the garden fence drunk, and asked to go over.
She continued: "We did far more than a landlord and landlady would have done, we tried to be good neighbours.
"Jed would ring me up and say 'Jane, Jane, quick, mummy's drunk' and then he would say 'I mustn't tell you because mum will tell me off'. He was about 12 at the time.
"I saw her mum about eight years ago, nine years ago, and they said Jan's got another little girl and my words were 'Dear God'."
Asked if there was a man in Ms Jordon's life when she was living in Kidlington, Mrs Illot said: "I used to get knocks on the door, little disagreements with people knocking on my door and asking for the keys and I would say 'No'.