Portuguese Journalist Found Beaten, Mutilated in Intercontinental Hotel Room; Model Companion in Custody

New York newspapers and TV stations rushed to the Intercontinental Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen last night after news of the brutal murder of Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro and the arrest of his model companion Renato Seabra. The Daily News story:

The naked body of Carlos Castro, 65, was found lying face-up in a pool of blood inside his 34th-floor room at the InterContinental New York Times Square on W. 44th St. about 7p.m., the sources said. The prominent gay activist had been bludgeoned in the head and his scrotum cut off, sources said.

Castro, a gay rights advocate, has written for newspapers, magazines and performed and produced for television and radio stations in Portugal. He’s built a media empire that also includes international modeling competitions, according to his Website.

The suspect, Seabra, turned up at Bellevue hospital where he was taken into custody. Whoever administers Seabra’s Facebook fan page has changed the ‘info’ tab to:

Portugese model Renato Seabra (inset) was in police custody early this morning a person of interest in the slaying