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Very upsetting

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: Very upsetting
By Shann on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 09:46 am:

This is very upsetting. This young girl became missing a few days ago Which is about an hour or more from where I live. They put out an Amber alert to only find her boby in the appartment complex where her and her family lives. They guy who abducted her I believe lived blow or above her. This was in the paper yesterday. This guys so deserves the death penelty.
OKLAHOMA CITY - In an online diary entry from January, Kevin Ray Underwood said he was embarrassed about how many gifts his mother bought him at Christmas and how his father was proud of him for helping him assemble a computer desk for his sister.

"Just Christmas Eve alone made this one of the best Christmases ever to me, and to my sister it WAS the best Christmas ever, she kept saying so," wrote Underwood, who used the screen name "SubSpecies 23."

But scattered among the entries about computer games, family get-togethers and small-town angst are indications of a darker side to the 26-year-old grocery store stocker from Purcell, including feelings of depression and isolation, and homicidal thoughts.

Authorities believe Underwood acted on those feelings last week and lured 10-year-old neighbor Jamie Rose Bolin into his apartment, beat her over the head with a wooden cutting board and suffocated her with his hands and duct tape.

McClain County District Attorney Tim Kuykendall said formal charges of first-degree murder would be filed Monday in Purcell, a small town about 40 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Purcell Police Chief David Tompkins said investigators believe Underwood sexually assaulted the little girl after he killed her and planned to eat the corpse.

According to a police affidavit, Underwood confessed to killing Jamie. Meat tenderizer and barbecue skewers found in his apartment were intended for the little girl, Kuykendall said.

People who knew Underwood described him Sunday as a quiet, "boring" and seemingly trustworthy young man. His mother, who also lives in Purcell, called him a "wonderful boy."

"This is something that I don't know where it came from," Connie Underwood said through tears in a brief telephone interview Sunday with The Associated Press. "He was always a wonderful boy.

"I would like to be able to tell her family how sorry we are. I just feel so terrible."

On his blog, an online diary that he had kept since September 2002, Underwood described himself as "single, bored, and lonely, but other than that, pretty happy."

He mentions cannibalism, asking "If you were a cannibal, what would you wear to dinner?" and responding: "The skin of last night's main course."

In an entry dated Feb. 4, 2006, Underwood wrote that he struggled with depression and social interaction.

"Pretty much the only time I believe in God is when I blame him for something," he said. "Or, when I'm really depressed, to cry and beg him to make me better, to make whatever is wrong in my brain go away, so that I can live like a normal person.

"That's all I want in life, is to be able to live like a normal person."

In September 2004, he wrote that his depression deepened after several months without taking the medication Lexapro, an antidepressant also used in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

"For example, my fantasies are just getting weirder and weirder. Dangerously weird," he wrote. "If people knew the kinds of things I think about anymore, I'd probably be locked away. No probably about it, I know I would be."

Underwood worked for nearly seven years at a Carl's Jr. restaurant, where shift leader Bill Verdan described him as a quiet person who kept to himself. "He did a good job," Verdan said.

However, he said Underwood, who quit about a year ago and was working as a stocker at a Griders Discount Foods grocery store in Oklahoma City, was a "boring" man who rarely smiled.

"Just his tone of voice, he just sounded dull," Verdan said. "Trying to get a smile out of him took an act of Congress."

Verdan said he and his wife and young daughters never suspected anything unusual.

"He gave my wife rides home from work numerous times," Verdan said. "We never felt uncomfortable. I talked to my girls after this happened, and they said they felt comfortable around him."

By Colette on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 10:17 am:

I read about this yesterday. I cannot imagine what that little girls family is going through. The death penalty would be to quick. They ought to let the father be alone in a room with him.

By Bobbie~moderatr on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 10:27 am:

I heard about this on the news. It is just dumbfounding to think of the things that can go on right around us.. To think this guy was a "trusted neighbor"?! Makes you think twice about the people you "trust" in your life and your own neighborhood. Heart breaking and scary..

By Janet on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 10:41 am:

What is it that the neighbors always say about guys like this? "He was really quiet and kept to himself..." Sheesh! I feel like I could be sick right now, as the mom of a girl that age...

By Trina~moderator on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:06 am:


By Reds9298 on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 11:32 am:

Simply many sickos in this world. Colette has the right idea - death is too quick. Give the family some alone time with this wacko and shut the door. Terrible story.

By Tripletmom on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 12:31 pm:

I'm sickened

By Kiki on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 01:03 pm:

What is this world coming too?! Those poor parents. My heart breaks for them.

By Kiki on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 01:03 pm:

What is this world coming too?! Those poor parents. My heart breaks for them.

By Janet on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 02:51 pm:

It would take a lot to keep me from taking the law into my own hands, if I had the chance to get at this guy (if he'd done this to my little girl). I would like to believe that no court in the world would convict me of what I would do to him, either. :( I can't, simply can't, imagine what they must be feeling. It's too horrific.

By Tonya on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 02:55 pm:

The thought that someone could kill and then violate my child makes me think things that I never knew I was capable of. Y

ou know what I have heard though that men that hurt children and harmed quite severally in prison that even men in jail look down on that and those men that do those things have horrible things done to them in jail. Which I think is great.

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