>> Monday, July 27, 2009
The killer of Karen Grammer was denied parole because of the heartfelt letter written by Kelsey Grammer to retired Colorado District Attorney Robert Russel, the man who successfully prosecuted Freddie Glenn. The letter was read to the parole hearing of Freddie Glenn,the man who murdered his sister.
Here is part of the letter:
I am saddened that I missed this opportunity to be at the hearing. You know the circumstances: rain delays at Kennedy that made it impossible for me to be in Colorado Springs in time to attend…Please tell the members of the parole board that it is my sincere hope they do not release my sister’s killer.”
Grammer affectionately describes his late sister, writing:
“She was so smart and good and decent. She wrote poetry and loved being alive; we could laugh for hours together, she had the greatest smile. She was my best friends and the best person I knew. She had so much to live for. I loved my sister, Karen. I miss her. I miss her in my bones. I was her big brother. I was supposed to protect her - - I could not. I have never gotten over it. I was supposed to save her. I could not. It very nearly destroyed me.”
The actor then pleads with the parole board to not release Glenn:
“Please consider, when you wrestle with the fate of this man that killed my sister, the degree of suffering he has inflicted on his victims but also on the families of his victims. It has been many years since the murders and he has spent many years in jail. We, whose lives were so altered by his selfishness and brutality, have spent those years in a prison of our own. Yes, time has helped. But we will never be free. Why should his fate be any different? More importantly however how can you believe this man can be safely returned to society? Consider the extreme nature of his crimes – the disregard for simple humanity. This is a butcher. This is a monster. Is it really possible for him to live on the outside again without returning to his old ways? Can you be certain that he will not slaughter another innocent life and destroy another family?