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Delbert Grady

My daughters didn't care for the Overlook at first. Actually, one of them stole a pack of matches and tried to burn it down. But I... Corrected them, sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I... Corrected her.
~ Delbert Grady about killing his two daughters and wife

Delbert Grady is the former caretaker of the Overlook Hotel and one of the malevolent spirits that Jack Torrance encounters in The Shining.

Role in the book/film

Before Jack took over as caretaker, Grady was driven insane by the Overlook and murdered his wife and twin daughters with an ax.  He then committed suicide with a shotgun.  When Jack is on the brink of madness himself, he meets Grady's spirit, who tells him that his son Danny is using his clairvoyance to call Dick Halloran for help.  He also rather passive-aggressively suggests that Jack "correct" his wife and son in the same manner that he did to his family.

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