Kelsey Grammer opens up about 1975 murder of his sister

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Kelsey Grammer Opens Up About 1975 Murder Of His Sister

Kelsey Grammer, 60, recently sat down with Vanity Fair and opened up about a very dark, extremely painful side of his life: dealing with the 1975 murder of his sister. Karen Grammer was only 18 when she was abducted, raped and stabbed to death in Colorado by a man named Freddie Glenn.
"[But] I believe the gift of life and freedom he took from my sister precludes him from ever being allowed to enjoy that gift for himself. He took her future from her with no regard for her whatsoever. He assumed he had a right to do so. He assumed she was his property, and that the precious gift God gave her was his to take," Grammer said of his sister's killer.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 09: Actor Kelsey Grammer attends the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' 'To The Wonder' at Pacific Design Center on April 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer attends the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18: Camille Donatacci Grammer and husband/actor Kelsey Grammer attends the after party for the opening of 'La Cage Aux Folles' on Broadway at Providence on April 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Actor Kelsey Grammer attends the 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' New York Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Camille Grammer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: (L-R) Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Bingbing Li, Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Titus Welliver, and Steven Spielberg attend the New York Premiere of 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Paramount)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Kelsey Grammer attends the New York Premiere of 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Paramount)
HONG KONG - JUNE 20: (CHINA OUT) (L - R) Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing, Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg, Director Michael Bay, Nicola Peltz, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jack Reynor pose at the photo call for the worldwide premiere screening of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' at Ritz-Carlton Hotel on June 20, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HONG KONG - JUNE 20: Kelsey Grammer attends the press conference for the worldwide premiere screening of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' on June 20, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Callaghan Walsh/Getty Images for Paramount)
HONG KONG - JUNE 19: Kelsey Grammer poses with fans at the worldwide premiere screening of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'at the on June 19, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Callaghan Walsh/Getty Images for Paramount)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Camille Grammer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Camille Grammer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: US actor Kelsey Grammer (L) and US actor Harrison Ford hold signs reading 'Bring Back Our Girls' as they arrive for the screening of the film 'The Homesman' at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 18, 2014. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L-R) Ronda Rousey, Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone and Kelsey Grammer attend'The Expendables 3' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (Top L-R) Actors Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, director Patrick Hughes, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, (Front L-R) actors Kelsey Grammer, Glen Powell, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Victor Ortiz and Randy Couture attend 'The Expendables 3' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Traverso/L'Oreal/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kelsey Grammer attends 'Expendables 3' Photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Spencer Karen Grammer , Kelsey Grammer's oldest daughter joins Blair Underwood who's reprising the ttle role in the Nbc-Tv pilot 'Ironside' on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Aby Baker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Actress Spencer Karen Grammer, Kelsey Grammer's oldest daughter, filming opposite Blair Underwood in CBS-TV's remake of 'Ironside' on April 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Aby Baker/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Kelsey Grammer arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring L.A. Reid held at The Beverly Hilton on February 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelsey Grammer and Hoda Kotb appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4298 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Kelsey Grammer during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 14, 2012 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRASIER -- 'Sweet Dream' Episode 24 -- Pictured: (l-r) Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, Tom McGowan as Kenny Daly -- Photo by: Gale M. Adler/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actor Kelsey Grammer (R) and wife model Camille Donatacci attend the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
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At both of Glenn's appeal hearings in 2009 and again in 2014, Grammer pleaded to the court on his late sister's behalf. The appeals were denied.

During a 2009 parole hearing, The Denver Post reported that Glenn said he was sorry. "I apologize for my participation in something so terrible. I am sincerely and truly remorseful." At a hearing last year, Grammer told his sister's killer that he forgave him.

The death of Karen is just one terrible story in a string of tragedies throughout Grammer's life, but the actor manages to keep perspective. "For every story you hear that's tragic, there's another that's equally tragic or more so. I think you come to look at it as part of life," he told Vanity Fair.

Kelsey Grammer is currently starring on Broadway in the stage adaptation of Finding Neverland.

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