by Calculated Risk on 3/26/2023 05:12:00 PM
A friend’s brother was brutally murdered and his killer sentenced to death. Here is a piece from my friend Eric in Newsweek and a few comments about the family’s ongoing fight for justice: ‘My Brother’s Horrific Murder Shocked Police. His Killer Is Up for Parole’
Like Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan, the murderer’s sentence was changed to life imprisonment WITH the possibility of parole after the death penalty was abolished in California. This was the 2nd harshest penalty in the ’70s. Now the harshest penalty is life in prison without parole.
This has made the victim’s family relive this horrific event over and over. On April 25, 2023, the killer will be up for parole again. This will be the 18th time my friend’s family will provide a victim’s statement at a parole hearing.
Here is a Facebook page: Justice for Frank. If you can help, please write a letter to the parole board.
Legendary San Francisco police officer Frank Falzon caught the case and describes it in his book:
These are the words used when people talk about what happened at Frank and Annette Carlson’s Potrero Hills home on the night of April 18, 1974.
None is adequate. Not even using them all together. Truly, there are no words to describe it. I know I’ve said it before, as a homicide inspector you never know what you’re walking into at a crime scene. But this was beyond the worst … still rank it among the worst crimes in San Francisco history.”
If parole is granted, there will be a full court press on the Governor to deny parole (like for Sirhan).
It’s horrible that my friend has to relive this every few years. Letters to the parole board will help.