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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Cannibalistic Fantasy
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: April 12, 2006
Date of arrest: 2 days after
Date of birth: December 19, 1979
Victim profile: Jamie Rose Bolin (female, 10)
Method of murder: Smothering with his hands
Location: McClain County, Oklahoma, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on April 3, 2008
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Kevin Ray Underwood (born December 19, 1979) is a convicted murderer from Purcell, Oklahoma.


Authorities had sought a missing 10-year-old girl, Jamie Rose Bolin, for whom an Amber Alert had been issued. Underwood, who lived near Jamie Bolin in the same apartment complex, was arrested April 17, 2006, and Bolin's corpse, stashed in a large plastic container, was recovered from his bedroom closet.

Purcell Police said in a press conference that Underwood had admitted to FBI agents and Oklahoma detectives that he had murdered and attempted to decapitate Bolin, and that he told them, "Go ahead and arrest me. She is in there. I chopped her up."

Underwood was convicted of having bludgeoned Bolin to death with a wooden cutting board. Police stated that they found meat tenderizer and barbecue skewers at the scene, which they presume were intended for use on the victim.


On February 29, 2008, a jury found him guilty of first degree murder after deliberating for 23 minutes. This quick verdict is attributed to the showing of Underwood's videotaped confession.

A jury recommended the death penalty on March 7, 2008. On April 3, 2008, McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock approved the recommended death sentence.


Kevin Ray Underwood: Cannibal

By Kristal Hawkins -

On April 17, 2006, FBI agents found 10-year old Jamie Rose Bolin's body in a plastic tub in Kevin Ray Underwood's bedroom in Purcell, Okla., along with skewers and meat tenderizer. Underwood, a shy 26-year old grocery store clerk, had long lent his sick thoughts free range to ramble on MySpace and on Blogger, under the now-eerie motto, "Like what you like, enjoy what you enjoy, and don't take crap from anybody."

"If you were a cannibal, what would you wear to dinner?" he once wrote on his blog, Strange Things Are Afoot at the Circle K .

He answered himself: "The skin of last night's main course."

If his sickness was a deep and lengthy one and his verbalization extensive, young Jamie Rose's involvement was accidental. She'd been missing just a few days when the FBI found her and arrested Underwood. She had gone to the library and never come home. Her only involvement with this twisted young man? She and her father happened to reside upstairs from Underwood in the apartment complex where Underwood lived alone with his pet rat. Among Underwood's neighbors—he'd also considered an adult woman and an older child as his targets—bespectacled Jamie Rose had been the smallest and weakest, the easiest target in his sights as he prepared to explore his obsession with human flesh.

This old railroad town, perched on a bluff above the Canadian River in central Oklahoma, is known, if at all, for its horse farms and its proximity to Norman and the University of Oklahoma. Needless to say, this gruesome killing shook the town. County officials responded quickly.

Prosecutors at trial demonstrated how Underwood abducted the girl, bludgeoned her with a wooden cutting board and strangled her with duct tape and his bare hands. He sexually assaulted the girl after killing her, and authorities believe that he planned to dismember her, drain her blood and eat her corpse.

Single, Bored, Lonelyand Dangerously Weird

Underwood described himself on his blog as a "single, bored and lonely" man with "dangerously weird" fantasies. He recognized that he was depressed and socially incompetent, noting that his days off were spent in front of his computer, blogging or playing the computer role-playing game, Kingdom of Loathing.

Reports say Underwood had no prior history of serious mental illness. But on his blog he discussed his social phobia, medication and therapy at length. He also acknowledges crippling periods of depression when starting college and when an unrequited crush died in car accident.

Off his medication, Underwood seems to have recognized that his thoughts were growing more bizarre. Along with posting links to odd news stories or the results of an online test on "How Evil Are You?", he considered seeking another prescription for Lexapro just weeks before the killing, but did not.

Instead he simply wondered what he might do and what others would think. The Silence of the Lambs fan wrote, "I'm afraid the cops would come into my apartment and see all the knives and swords and horror movies and commentaries about serial killers on my DVD rack and suspect me." But no one—not his readers, his mother across town, his neighbors, nor his managers at Carl Jr's burger restaurant or Grider's Discount Foods (where he worked with his aunt)—seems to have recognized a real problem in this quiet man or done anything about it.

Underwood's defense would contend in his March 2008 trial that he suffered from bipolar disorder, sexual problems (his blog revealed that he was nearly a virgin) and social phobia. Grisly photos of the crime scene admitted as evidence along with sex toys and a ceremonial dagger couldn't have helped Underwood; and, unlike fellow blogger, Rachelle Waterman, Underwood's videotaped confession was beyond question.

Neither mitigating factors nor the defense's call for mercy nor Underwood's remorse had much of an impact on the public, broad swathes of which called for the death penalty, or on his jury, who took less than an hour after a comparatively short trial to convict him of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death, rather than life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

On April 3, 2008 McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock ordered Underwood's execution by lethal injection. Underwood's defense attorney, Matthew Haire, plans to appeal the conviction.


Man Gets Death Penalty for Killing, Mutilating Girl in Cannibalistic Fantasy

Friday, April 04, 2008

PURCELL, Okla. —  A judge formally sentenced a former grocery store stocker to death by injection Thursday for killing a 10-year-old girl in a bizarre cannibalistic fantasy.

McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock approved the death sentence recommended by a jury that convicted Kevin Ray Underwood of first-degree murder last month for the death of his neighbor Jamie Rose Bolin.

Underwood, 28, showed no emotion when judge handed down the sentence.

During his trial, prosecutors played a videotaped confession in which Underwood told investigators he lured the girl into his Purcell apartment on April 12, 2006, beat her over the head with a cutting board, suffocated her, sexually assaulted her and then tried to cut off her head with a decorative dagger.

Underwood told authorities he was fueled by sexual fantasies that involved torturing, raping, killing and eating his victim, although no evidence was presented that he cannibalized the girl's body.

Underwood's attorneys did not dispute that he killed the girl, and it took jurors less than an hour to find him guilty. His attorneys argued, however, that Underwood's life should be spared because he suffered from mental illness that could be helped with medication.

Defense attorneys also said Underwood was bullied as a child and suffered emotional and verbal abuse from his parents.

Jamie lived with her father in an apartment upstairs from Underwood, and her disappearance prompted a statewide search for the girl. Underwood raised the suspicions of officers at a police checkpoint and he let them search his apartment, where they discovered the child's nude body stuffed inside a plastic tub in his bedroom closet.


Grocery Stocker Found Guilty in Oklahoma Cannibalistic Plot Case

Friday, February 29, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. —  A jury found a man guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the killing of a 10-year-old girl, reaching its decision within minutes the day after hearing his macabre videotaped confession.

Kevin Underwood, a former grocery stocker who claimed Internet pornography stoked his cannibalistic fantasies, showed no emotion as the verdict was announced. Family members of the victim, Jamie Rose Bolin, patted each other and shook hands.

The girl's body was found in a plastic tub in Underwood's apartment in April 2006. Jurors had heard his detailed videotaped confession in court Thursday.

Judge Candace Blalock told jurors to return to court Monday morning for the penalty phase. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty, while the defense has said it will seek to spare his life.

Deputies led Underwood, 28, away in handcuffs once jurors had left the courtroom.

Rose Fox, Jamie's grandmother, said after the verdict that she was originally against the death penalty in the case, but has now changed her mind.

"He made his choice," Fox said. "He's a monster in human form."

"I was for mercy. And then when I found out what he really did to her ... . He showed her no mercy."

Jurors began deliberating following closing arguments in which Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn predicted it would take jurors longer to pick a foreman than to determine guilt.

"It's the worst of the worst," Mashburn said. "His plan is to butcher someone like an animal."

In his closing argument, Defense attorney Matthew Haire did not dispute Underwood's guilt. But he called him "a lonely, very troubled, reclusive young man" and accused prosecutors of overwhelming jurors with gruesome evidence.

In the confession, Underwood said he lured the girl, his upstairs neighbor, into his apartment in Purcell, hit her with a cutting board, smothered her with his hands, sexually assaulted the body and nearly cut her head off as part of a fantasy involving cannibalism.

"I wanted to know what it tasted like, and just the thought of eating someone was appealing to me," Underwood said in the confession.

Underwood also said such fantasies began about the time he started taking the antidepressant Lexapro. Defense attorneys plan to call witnesses during the penalty phase on his use of the drug.


Report details cannibalism talk

By Chad Previch -

June 27, 2007

PURCELL — Kevin Ray Underwood, the 27-year-old loner accused of killing a 10-year-old girl last year, had philosophical discussions of cannibalism, made comments about killing people and had a Barbie doll with nails through its eyes, according to new court documents.

His attorneys and prosecutors met in court Tuesday to discuss sharing evidence with each other.

The two sides bickered in McClain County District Court for about an hour, accusing each other of withholding evidence. Underwood appeared in court wearing an orange jail suit with handcuffs around his wrists. He appeared more engaged in the proceedings than in the past. He talked to his attorneys before, during and after the hearing.

At times he stared outside a nearby window toward some trees. Underwood is charged with first-degree murder and faces a possible death penalty in the killing of Jamie Rose Bolin, who died in April 2006.

She was found dead, stuffed inside a storage tub in Underwood's closest.

Police say Underwood, who was a neighbor of Jamie and her father, had plans to consume her body.

District Judge Candace Blalock has set a trial date for Aug. 13.

Intense media coverage prompted Blalock to move the trial from Purcell to Norman.

A gag order has been placed on all parties.

According to the prosecution's witness summary report, Underwood talked to a childhood friend about cannibalism and was taking medications to control anxiety in 2005 and 2006.

He also talked to a worker at a SuperCuts in Oklahoma City about cooking organs, according to the documents, and was nicknamed "Zombie Kevin” by co-workers at a grocery store.

Another co-worker from a fast-food restaurant will testify that Underwood was a "little creepy” and was interested in serial killers.

Yet another will testify that Underwood made sick jokes and said, "I'm gonna snap and kill someone,” and had a weird laugh.

Another told prosecutors that Underwood's video game fixation affected him negatively.

In other court documents, Jamie's relatives wrote about being on medication and having nightmares because of the death.

"There will be too much money left at Christmas and too few presents under the tree,” grandmother Rose Fox wrote. "Easter will have one less basket to make; Thanksgiving, too much turkey left over and not eaten; in August, one birthday cake and party will be unneeded.”

Computer reveals disturbing aspects

Two months before the killing, Underwood messaged a friend online that he wanted to write a children's book that included anal sex.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents also found pictures of autopsies of women on his computer.

Other potential prosecution witnesses include Underwood's mother and father.

Larry Ray Underwood will testify to not being at his son's apartment in more than a year, and his mother, Connie Underwood, will testify about her son's social anxiety history and that he told her he will have to "move away from Purcell” when he gets out of jail.

Underwood was stopped by authorities at a checkpoint a couple days after Jamie's disappearance. He then led investigators to a closet.

When an FBI agent observed a tub inside the closet, Underwood said, "Go ahead and arrest me.

She is in there. I chopped her up.” Shortly after that arrest, according to newly released documents, he also confessed to Dustin Stokesberry, an inmate trusty at the McClain County jail.

He told the trustee that he "started to” but did not finish cutting up Jamie. Stokesberry has a drug and burglary record.

In court papers filed Monday, prosecutors said the death penalty is warranted because the crime was to avoid prosecution, it was heinous and Underwood is a continued threat to society.

They say Underwood struck Jamie with a cutting board three to four times and then placed his hand over her mouth and nose until she died.

Jamie yelled, "I am sorry,” and "Oh God, I'm sorry,” during the attack.

Records show he told FBI agents that he sexually assaulted the young girl after killing her. Underwood told the FBI about his fantasies of making a child watch porn and have sex with him.

He also told them about wanting to stick skewers through her cheeks and needles
in her eyes, according to the bill of particulars.

Jamie vomited and choked during the attack, the bill states.


'I'm going to burn in hell,' suspect says

By Anthony Thornton -

August 23, 2006

PURCELL - Moments after confessing to the grisly murder of a 10-year-old neighbor, Kevin Ray Underwood confided to an FBI agent, "I'm going to burn in hell," the agent testified Tuesday.

Craig Overby was the only witness to testify at Underwood's 90-minute preliminary hearing. Afterward, McClain County Special Judge Gary Barger ordered Underwood to face trial in the April slaying of Jamie Rose Bolin.

Underwood, 26, will remain in the McClain County jail until his Sept. 20 formal arraignment.

District Attorney Tim Kuykendall is seeking the death penalty, but he lost his re-election bid last month. His successor, Greg Mashburn, has said he supports the death penalty but hasn't decided whether to continue seeking it in this case.

Underwood's attorneys have not sought a change in venue or a mental competency exam in the case.

Underwood entered court in orange jail coveralls and handcuffs, but no leg shackles.

Underwood's parents and sister sat behind him on the front row of the courtroom gallery, a few feet away from five of Jamie's relatives. The victim's family members have said repeatedly they don't blame Underwood's family.

Security was tight, however. According to a Purcell police supervisor's count, the courthouse contained 12 police officers, six McClain County sheriff's deputies and four armed district attorney's investigators.

Sheriff Don Hewett said he also borrowed a metal detector from the University of Oklahoma for the hearing.

The extra security measures were partially motivated by an incident at Underwood's initial court appearance in April, when a man with no connection to the case tried to rush the courtroom, yelling that Underwood was a "baby killer."

Interview and arrest described

Overby testified he stopped a red pickup driven by Underwood's father about 3:45 p.m. April 14, two days after Jamie disappeared from the second-floor apartment she shared with her father. Underwood lived downstairs and across a breezeway.

The pickup, which also contained Kevin Underwood, was the second vehicle stopped at a Purcell intersection after Overby and state troopers set up one of several checkpoints throughout town.

Brief conversations there and in Overby's FBI car led him to question Underwood further -- without the father present -- at the Purcell police headquarters.

Underwood had confirmed reports from two of Jamie's other neighbors that he was the last person to see her. That made him a person of interest, but not yet a suspect, Overby testified.

After a 45-minute interview, Underwood agreed to a search of his apartment, Overby said.

He said Underwood remained calm until moments after Overby saw a plastic storage tub, sealed with duct tape, in his bedroom closet. Underwood explained that the tub was sealed to keep moisture from damaging the comic books inside.

When Overby opened a corner of the tub, he saw a blue, strapless shirt. Underwood had told him that Jamie was wearing such a shirt when he last saw her.

Overby said he told Underwood, who was standing nearby, "There's no comics in here. There is clothing."

At that point, Underwood said, "Go ahead and arrest me," Overby testified.

"Where is she?" Overby said he asked Underwood.

"I hit her and chopped her up," was Underwood's reply, the agent testified.

However, an autopsy showed her throat had been cut from ear to ear, but otherwise her nude body was intact. The autopsy report said Jamie probably died of a lack of oxygen.

Court records allege that Underwood told investigators he hit the girl on the head with a cutting board, then smothered her with his hand and duct tape.

Investigators think Jamie was killed shortly after she entered Underwood's apartment.

Investigators have said Underwood told them he raped Jamie's corpse. The autopsy report said there was evidence of sexual assault, but that the medical examiner couldn't tell whether it occurred after death.

'He's a demon'

Just before leaving Apartment 115, perhaps for the last time, Underwood began hyperventilating and said, "I'm going to burn in hell," Overby testified.

Overby and another FBI agent were concerned about Underwood's safety -- and their own -- because nearly 20 members of Jamie's family were holding vigil outside his apartment window.

He said the agents calmed Underwood and led him outside, without handcuffs, and put him in the front seat of an FBI car.

"That was the safest thing they could have done," Jamie's aunt Linda Chiles said after the hearing. "We would have kicked his butt" if the family had known at the time that Underwood had confessed.

Tuesday's brief hearing spared Jamie's relatives from hearing the most gruesome aspects of her death.

They said it was the first time they had heard of the alleged "burn in hell" comment.

"I've always said it's where he should go," uncle Mark Chiles said. "There's evil in this world. He's a demon and needs to go right back to where he belongs."



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