Monday, July 27, 2009

Parole Denied for the Killer of Kelsey Grammer's Sister

There will be no parole in the case of Freddie Glenn, 52, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder of Karen Grammer, the sister of actor Kelsey Grammer.

Karen Grammer, 18, was raped and murdered in 1975. According to published reports, Freddie Glenn and several other men attempted to rob a Red Lobster, but left with no money, but with Karen Grammer, who they felt could ID them.

After robbing a convenience store, the men took Karen Grammer back to Freddie Glenn's apartment, where she was repeatedly raped. put While it seemed they were about to let her go in a mobile home park, before they let her go, Glenn, stabbed her in the throat, back and hand. She bled to death from her wounds.

Freddie Glenn was also convicted in separate trials of the killing on June 19, 1975, of motel cook Daniel Van Lone, 28, in a robbery that netted $0.50, and the June 27, 1975, murder of Army soldier Winfred Proffitt, 19, during a drug deal.

Kelsey Grammer had meant to be at Freddie Glenn's parole hearing, but inclement weather prevented him from catching a flight to Colorado. Instead, he sent a letter. Excerpts appear below:
"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. [...]

"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. [...]

"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?"
Freddie Glenn was denied parole, but will be eligible for another hearing in 2014. Still, it appears Kelsey Grammer's letter about his sister Karen had an impact: 5 years was the maximum the parole board could give as a delay to the next hearing.
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