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Hearing transcripts offer look into the mind of William Spengler

Posted at: 12/28/2012 11:12 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 11:27 PM
By: Don Hudson and Amanda Ciavarri

nullParole hearing transcripts are lending an insight into the mind of William Spengler Junior, the man who shot four West Webster firemen on Christmas Eve. Before that shooting, Spengler spent 16 years in prison for the killing of his grandmother. During his sentence, he went through several parole hearings.

During one hearing in 1989, the board commissioner asked Spengler about the killing of his grandmother.

Commissioner: "Why did you think you killed her?"
Spengler: "I still haven't figured that out. I still have no reason or rationale for why."

During a later hearing in 1993, the commissioner voiced concerns about releasing Spengler.

Commissioner: "Once again, we maintain a belief that paroling you to the community poses a threat. So, vicious and violent was this attack that we are concerned about your potential for volatility under stress."

At a 1995 parole hearing, Spengler questioned the board's belief that he would be a risk to society.

Spengler: "The last board, they said that I might be a danger to the community. I can't figure out where in my record it shows that."
Commissioner: "You killed a 92-year-old woman. We are worried about that there might be another occasion where you lose your temper and you might repeat that behavior. That is what frightens us."

The board denied Spengler parole at that hearing as well, stating the "subject remains without insight and release at this time would be inappropriate." Spengler was however released three years later.