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
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 - Trutv.com
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
"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
"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 - NewsOk.com
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
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
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
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
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
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
He told the trustee that he "started
to” but did not finish cutting up Jamie. Stokesberry has a drug and
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
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
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,'
By Anthony Thornton - NewsOk.com
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
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
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
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
"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
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."