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Kelsey Grammer Clarifies Forgiving Sister's Killer, "the Worst in the History of Colorado"

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Kelsey Grammer on "Access Hollywood." More photos and a video below.
Last month, actor Kelsey Grammer made international headlines when he said he forgave Freddie Glenn, the killer of his sister, during testimony at a parole hearing.

Grammer spoke about these remarks for the first time in an unusual setting: an appearance on Access Hollywood to hype Partners, a new FX comedy with Martin Lawrence, who was also present, and the action-adventure flick The Expendables 3. And while he didn't quite retract his forgiveness, he seemed frustrated that Glenn escaped death row and called the killings "the worst in the history of Colorado." Get details and see the video below.

See also: Kelsey Grammer to Sister's Killer at Parole Hearing: "I Live With Tragedy Every Day"

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Lawrence and Grammer with co-hosts Kit Hoover and Samantha Harris.
The sequence began with an excerpt from The Expandables 3 and typically upbeat chatter about its box office prospects before chirpy co-hosts Kit Hoover and Samantha Harris executed a hard shift into the subject of the actor's forgiveness of Glenn.

Back in 1975, Glenn abducted Grammer's sister, Karen, who was living in Colorado Springs at the time. He's said to have repeatedly raped her before stabbing her in the throat, back and hand and leaving her to die.

Glenn had been sentenced to death, but the punishment was altered to life in prison after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Last month, Grammer traveled to Colorado to testify in Glenn's parole hearing and at one point said, "I accept your apology. I forgive you. However, I cannot give your release my endorsement. To give that a blessing would be a betrayal of my sister's life."

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Freddie Glenn.
This topic was broached on Access Hollywood in the context of Grammer reaching the point where he could forgive Glenn. But Grammer didn't recall the specific phrases he used in his testimony. "Well, actually now, you guys have probably heard the tape more than I have," he said. (To listen to an excerpt, click here.) "I think what I said was...after he said he was sorry, I said, 'Well, you say you're sorry. I have to accept that. But it's very hard for me to imagine you as a free man.'

"These guys were originally sentenced to death," he continued. "There were three originally, then there were two. They were just making really horrible choices and taking a lot of people's lives. My sister was six of seven [victims]. That's what the cops told me at the time. They showed her no mercy: They tore her apart and then they stabbed her 42 times. I don't see a lot of room for mercy. I see room for forgiveness and leniency, but leniency in the context of 'You stay in jail, please.'"

Continue for more about Kelsey Grammer's latest comments about his sister's Colorado Springs murder, including additional photos and a video.


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Jan Reece
Jan Reece

Forgiving someone who has harmed you isn't for them, it's to release their power over you and to let them know that their choice and actions will No longer control, or invade your every waking thought.

Eva_lee
Eva_lee

If people really understand the magnitude of what they've done and feel real remorse and sorrow, then they should feel that they should stay in jail. I don't understand how if they feel all the remorse they say they do they think they should be absolved, let go, live a life of freedom their victims never got to. 

Lu Ann Thomas
Lu Ann Thomas

it is silly to play tit for tat on the most worst crime in Colorado (Columbine, Aurora theatre) People lost their lives and hearts were broken. Hilary's statement below magnifies. Honor those, never forget...

Robert Gauss
Robert Gauss

I wouldn't presume to tell anyone who suffered such a thing how to feel about it one way or the other.

Andrew Defenbaugh
Andrew Defenbaugh

It is amazing he can forgive this guy.... But to say the worst in Colorado history is an outrage! Just because he's famous...what about Columbine and century 16 people suddenly forget all that when he forgives his sisters killer. But in the end of the day he us a much better man than I could have been. (End rant)

Hilary Hellums
Hilary Hellums

Forgiveness is not for the offender; it is for the people/person who was hurt.

Michelle Thornbro Schoen
Michelle Thornbro Schoen

Until or unless you have been through something similar, it may seem incomprehensible that someone would forgive a killer. Both my brother and one of my sons were murdered in the 1990s, and I had to forgive their killers in my heart. Otherwise, I would never have been able to move on in my own life. I commend Mr. Grammer for having the foresight and love in his heart to forgive his sister's killer and move on with his life.

sballardo672
sballardo672

Thanks Jan.  Was about to post the same thing. 

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