Kelsey Grammer to sister's killer at parole hearing: "I live with tragedy every day"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Kelsey Grammer during an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year. More images plus video and audio below.
Actor Kelsey Grammer visited Colorado earlier this week, but he wasn't in the state where he once maintained a ski home for pleasure. Quite the opposite, in fact. He appeared via video conference from Denver at a Buena Vista parole hearing for Freddie Glenn, a man convicted of killing Grammer's younger sister, Karen, and two others in Colorado Springs circa 1975. Glenn had asked for parole, but while Grammer offered forgiveness, he stopped short of endorsing that Glenn be freed. During his testimony, Grammer said, "I live with tragedy every day of my life." Photos, audio and video below.

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One of many Freddie Glenn booking photos.
The website Murderpedia classifies Glenn as a "spree killer" in its recap of the circumstances that led to his imprisonment.

On June 19, 1975, according to the site, Glenn, a teenage civilian working at Fort Carson, and Michael Corbett, a soldier at the base, tried to rob 29-year-old Four Seasons Hotel cook Daniel Van Lone -- but the situation quickly escalated to the homicidal. Van Lone reportedly begged for his life, but they shot him to death anyway.

The amount of cash Glenn and Corbett netted? Fifty cents, Murderpedia points out.

Just over a week later, the pair killed another Fort Carson soldier, Winfred Proffitt, with Corbett allegedly committing the act using a bayonet "to see what it was like." Then, on July 1, they tried to rob a Red Lobster restaurant on South Academy Boulevard. The heist was unsuccessful, but the site maintains that they took a hostage -- Karen Grammer, who'd been waiting for her boyfriend to get off work -- "because they feared she could identify them."

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Karen Grammer.
After robbing a convenience store, the men took Karen to an apartment they shared. She was allegedly raped repeatedly before Glenn, who was said to be under the influence of LSD, "stabbed her in the throat, back and hand and left her to die," the Murderpedia account states.

Glenn was convicted for the three murders in 1976 and sentenced to death -- but when Colorado abolished the death penalty two years later, his punishment was changed to life in prison. He took part in his first parole hearing in 2009, but the parole board denied his request, which Grammer's brother Kelsey opposed.

A statement from Grammer called Glenn a "butcher" and a "monster." In Grammer's words, his inability to protect Karen "very nearly destroyed me." He added: "When we heard this man might be paroled, the suffering began anew."

This week, Glenn got another chance at parole, and the Denver Post reports that he emphasized his good behavior behind bars, sisters in Florida willing to take him in, a fiancee and a $200,000 trust in his name that would give him the ability to support himself.

Grammer's remarks, part of which are captured in a Post embed shared below, went a different direction.

Continue for more about Kelsey Grammer's testimony in the parole hearing of his sister's killer, including more photos, video and audio.



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Deena Duncan
Deena Duncan

Part of being sorry for your actions means accepting punishment. This killer doesn't seem to want to accept his punishment. He took three lives, and has served 40 years? 13 years for each murder? Not enough.

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