July 28th, 2009
08:42 PM ET

Grammer: I forgive my sister's killer

Kelsey Grammer says he has forgiven the man convicted of raping and killing his sister in 1975.

In a letter to the Colorado Parole Board obtained by CNN, the actor called Freddie Glenn a "butcher" and a "monster", but he added, "I am a man of faith and my faith teaches me that I must forgive.  And so I do.  I forgive this man for what he has done."

But Grammer made it clear he wants Glenn, 52, to remain behind bars forever. He wrote, "I can never accept the notion that he can pay for that nightmare with anything less than his life."

Karen Grammer was 18 when Glenn abducted her outside a restaurant in Colorado Springs. Weeks before, he had killed two other people in separate incidents.  He was originally sentenced to death, but that was commuted in 1978 to life with the possibility of parole.

Grammer had wanted to attend the parole hearing in person, but said rain delays in New York prevented him from making his connecting flight. After reading Grammer's letter and hearing from family members of other victims, the  board denied Glenn's request to be released.

He won't be eligible for parole again until 2014.


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  1. Eric

    Please. I think the guy should stay in jail, of course. Probably should have fried him. But this stuff about "I forgive you but I want you to remain in jail" is bull. If you forgive someone for something, to me that means you absolve them of wanting to see their punishment continue. If Kelsey Grammer truly forgave him then he would have stated that he wanted the man released. Just to say "oh I forgive you because of my faith, but I don't want to see you set free" essentially means what? Forgiveness to me is a weightier thing than some empty platitude for someone to claim without it having any affect. Forgiveness means nothing if it doesn't come with a desire for absolution. An excusing of the offense. I'm sorry Kelsey, you can't have it both ways. You can't say "I forgive you and I want you to pay with your life." Just say what you really mean even if it doesn't set well with your sense of faith, which is "I do not forgive you and I want you to pay with your life." A wishy-washy forgive but still punish is not what forgiveness in faith means. And BTW Kelsey, I've always liked you and your work, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting this guy to pay and never extending any forgiveness. Some things are unforgivable.

    July 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Annette

    I was proud of Kesley Grammar for his courage to forgive. Pain is a strange thing. It can cause you to do good or bad. Grow or remain the same. He choose to grow from the experience. As far as the rapist is concerned, he needs to stay right where he is!

    July 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ELSA INGALISE

    When person commits a crime against children, I feel life with out parole is punishment enough. If they put him to death, he is free in a sense.
    Locked up for the rest of his life without the usual thing such as the yard, movies, TV just fun things, he will suffer. Put a picture out of his reach of the little girl alive and pretty and one after he was done with her. That alone should kill his soul. He would probably go insane.

    July 29, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Heather

    Rhonda is right. Whether murder in 1975 or 1925, it shouldn't matter. No parole for someone who abducted, raped and killed a young woman as this person did. Save money by not going thru the process of parole hearings, and for God's save, save stress and toll on the family time after time by not having to have them plead to keep their loved one's torturer behind bars. Some crimes don't deserve consideration of rehabilitation; this should not be a factor in many cases.

    July 29, 2009 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rhonda Barker

    No person that has been convicted of rape and murder should be given consideration for release or parole. I know that everyone that is a citizen of the U.S.A. is guarranteed proper legal representation, but really ya'll, a murder conviction from 1975 SHOULD STILL HOLD!!!! Maybe it's just me....

    July 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |

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