Police: Note gives no reason for Godfrey shooting

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2002

FAIRBANKS - Anchorage police have acknowledged they found a note written by Karen Brand before she fatally shot retired Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey, critically injured his wife and then killed herself.

Brand, 33, gave no indication in her note that she intended to go to the Godfreys' Eagle River home and begin shooting, Detective Lt. Ken Cole said Friday. He said Brand had written about her thoughts.

"(Detectives) felt the note was addressed to Glenn, but as to the content, I can't speak about it," Cole told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "Who knows what was in this person's mind."

Shortly after the Aug. 3 shooting, police found the note in Brand's car, which was parked about a block away from the Godfreys' house.

Autopsy results from the state medical examiner showed Brand was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the shootings. Also, Cole said there is no indication that Brand had a history of mental health issues.

Investigators say Brand was distraught over the end of a relationship with Godfrey when she showed up at the Godfrey home. Police say the .44-caliber Magnum revolver used by Brand belonged to Glenn Godfrey and was in the house when Brand entered, apparently before the Godfreys returned from an outing in Seward.

Cole said there were no signs of a struggle between Brand and Godfrey.

But police are holding off from releasing further details into the shooting until they can talk to Patti Godfrey, 52, who suffered wounds to her stomach, chest, leg and arm.

Alaska State Troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Patti Godfrey is now able to sit up in bed a bit. He said family members are hoping she will be able to attend her husband's funeral on Friday.

Meanwhile, friends of Brand were trying to figure out what had driven an otherwise intelligent and sound woman to shoot others and then kill herself. Brand, who grew up in Fairbanks, served as the vice president of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce at the time of her death.

"She was so perfect. I can't think of one bad thing to say about her," Marquita Carroll, an old friend of Brand from her horseback riding days in Delta Junction. "She made me look at myself and think, 'I need to make some goals.' "

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