Kelsey Grammer Forgives Sister's Killer
Actor testifies at Freddie Glenn's parole hearing
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
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(Newser) – During a three-month crime spree in 1975, 18-year-old Freddie Glenn killed actor Kelsey Grammer’s sister Karen, also 18, after kidnapping her from a Red Lobster in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yesterday, Grammer testified via video conference at Glenn’s parole board hearing; he’s serving life at Buena Vista Correctional Facility for Karen’s murder and the murders of two others that year, the Denver Post reports. Though he said he forgives Glenn, Grammer told him, "I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister's life."

Glenn—who also raped Karen Grammer, according to the Los Angeles Times—said he was involved with a bad crowd and scared to get out. "I thought I would die. I thought I would be killed," he said. "I think I deserve a second chance." Now, he has a fiancée, a place to stay, and $200,000 trust fund, he added. But Grammer wasn’t swayed. "If someone did to your sister what you did to mine, what would you think should be done to him?" he said. "I accept your apology. I forgive you. ... I accept that you live with remorse. But I live with tragedy every day." The parole board has yet to make a decision.

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k.skynr
Aug 4, 2014 1:36 AM CDT
This young man was only 18 years old when he commited this crime. How many of us could say that with only 18 years of life under our belts that we would be perfect, unaffected by peer pressure and life on the street? Maybe Mr. Grammer can forgive this man, but is offensive to his sister by saying that she could not, and she must set the first example. Only God in heaven knows how she feels and he has left it up to us to determine how and when this fellow should be forgiven. So then, who is more of the criminal, a God who turns his back on a young man and lets him destroy his life or a society that is doing just the same? Forgiveness good, God and people, not so much.
whatthewhat
Jul 30, 2014 7:27 PM CDT
Good on you Kelsey, I am learning forgiveness is something you do for yourself. Carrying resentment over something you can't change only poisons your own life. He said he forgives him but I think he made it pretty clear he does not accept as ok what he did.
The_Old_Wolf
Jul 30, 2014 5:10 PM CDT
How the hqiz does a killer get a 200-grand trust fund? I never killed anyone and I ain't got that...