DearRobert Thanksfor all Vourhelp. I am saddenedthatI missedthis opportunity to be at the hearing.You know the circunxtances:raindelaysat Kennedythat madeit impossible for me to be in ColoradoSpringsin timeto attend, ll is no faultof lhe airlines;thingsjust turnedout againslme in thisregardand I only hopethat it doesnot resultin tuminqthingsagainstmy sisteror thefamiliesof thevictimsin this case. Pleasetellthe membersof the paroleboardthat it is my sincerehopetheydo not releasemy sister's killer. KarenElisaGramnrerwasher name. I thoughtthey shouHloow a litdebit abouther. Shewas 18 yearsold andthe lasttimewe spokewas on the morningof the day shewas murdered.Karenwas planningto comehomebr her birthday-July15th. Shewas a greatkid. Karengraduatedhighschool a yearaheadof time andthenatlendedcollegefor a semester.Then,to my surprise,shedecidedto take a year off and explorethe countrya bil We had grownup in Floridaand had neverbeenWest,so she wanbd to headto Coloradofor a whilethenmaybeCalifomiawheremy Mnther'sfamilywas from. Therewas alsoa boy that shelikedwho had goneto Colorado$prings,so'thatmighthavehad "sornething" to do with iL But thatday in 1975,she was reallylookingforwardto cominghome. Insteadshewas abductedby a groupof animals;rapedby them,savagedby themanclthenfinally butcheredby them. $he was eo smarland goodand decenl Shewrotepoetryand lovedbeingalive;we couldlaughfor hourstogether,she hadthe greatestsmile. $he wa$my bestfriendandihe bestpersonI knew. $he had so much to live firr. I loved my sisler, Karen" I miss her. I miss her in my bones. I was her big brother.I was supposedto protecther*l couldnot. I havenevergottenoverit. I rvassupposedto who spoke saveher. I couldnot. lt very ne:rty destroyedme. knowit destroyedrnyGrandmother, very litlleafferKaren'sdeathand diedthreeyearslater. My Motherwas brokenby it. $he continuedto live her lifewith a griefthal coloredher remainingycars. Shecaniedherselfwith suchdignityand character,thoughshe was bentfromsuffering.lMrenwe heardthis manmightbe paroled,the sufreringbegananew. She diedlastJulyjust daysbeforeKaren'sbirthday.We spokeof my sister oftenthroughthe yearsand mostlyof howwonderfula girl she was butwe alwaysspokewith a nuance of sadnessand abidingdespair. Pleaaeconsidel when you wrestlewith fhefate of this manthat killedmy sister,the degreeof suffering he hasinflictedon his vic'timsbut atsoon the tamiliesof his victims.[t has beenmanyyearssincethe and murdersand he has spentmanyyear$in jail. We,whoseliveswereso alteredby his selfishness bn:tality,havespenlthoseyearsin a prisonof our own. Yes,tine has helped.Butwe will neverbe free. Why shouldhisfate be anydifferent?Moreimportantly however:howcanyou believethisman can be safelyretumedto society? Considerthe extremenalureof his srimes--thedisregardfor simple humanity.This is a butcher.Thisis a monster.ls il.reallypossiblefor himlo liveon the outsideagain withoutreturningto his old ways? Canyou be cerEinhe will notslaughteranotherinnocentlife and destroyanotherfamily? I am a manof fiaithand my faithteachesmethat I mustforgive-And so I do. lforgivethis manfor whathe hasdone. Forgiveness allowsme to livemy life. lt allowsme to lovemy childrenand my wifu and the daysI haveleftwith lhem. But I can neverescapethe horrorof whathappenedto my sister. I can neveracceptthe notionthathe can payfor thal nightmarewithanythinglessthanhis life. We all makechoices.He madehis. Surelya manwho haskilledso manymustnevertakea singlebreathas a free man. I thankyoufor listening.I wishI couldsay more. I wish I had beenthereto speakwith you in person. Please,let this suffice. Pleasedo not releasethis mantromprison. $incerely KelseyGrammer.
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