In my ever-growing group of strange categories, I decided to add another new series to the list. Besides stories of unsolved homicides, missing persons, and bizarre haunts around the state, I am also interested in truly deranged crime. It’s fascinating in such a macabre, often tragic way.
Be forewarned: Many of the cases presented in this tag are truly heinous. They will often involve the worst kinds of people doing the worst kinds of things.
And now to kick off this insight into lost minds: The Story of Kevin Ray Underwood, Aspiring Cannibal.
A cursory look over an abandoned blog by the user FutureWorldRuler doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary. Beginning in 2002, it’s full of news articles and opining posts about society, which abruptly stop in April of 2006.
That’s because the blogger, Kevin Ray Underwood, was arrested that month for murdering a child.
On April 12th, 2006, Kevin lured 10 year-old Jamie Rose Bolin into his Purcell, Oklahoma apartment. He beat her over the head with a cutting board and suffocated her until she died.
He attempted to have sex with her corpse. He mutilated her body. He intended to eat her.
The man, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, told FBI investigators he often fantasized about murder, rape, and cannibalism.
Digging back, one gets a glimpse into his mind before this cruel, heinous crime.
September 11th, 2002: It’s the first anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks. Kevin seems annoyed. He says he is tired of hearing about the attacks. He comments on the Murrah Bombing in OKC in 1995 as well, saying he found news coverage of the attacks “entertaining” at first, but now finds it “boring”.
“I liked the coverage of it at first, because it was entertaining. But after a few days of it, it got boring! The same thing happened with the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma, from which I live only about 30 or 40 miles away. I didn’t care about that, and I don’t care about the WTC.”
“Everytime I see a sign, or a poster, or a bumper sticker, or anything else that says, “God Bless America,” or “These colors don’t run,” or anything else like that, I just want to scream, and rip the sign down, or run the car off the road. But I just got a new car, I don’t want to ruin it with bloodstains so soon after I got it.”
July 1st, 2003: He digs out some of his old school assignments. It consists of haikus. He muses about how most of them are “dark” and contain references to death. he calls them embarrassing, “goth poetry”. One selection really stands out in a chilling way today.
“When the flower blooms
A thing of beauty is born
But does not last long”
August 10th, 2003: Kevin shares a news story about a carnival worker who was killed in a roller coaster accident. He finds the story funny: “Especially the part where dozens of children had to get therapy.”.
February 17th, 2004: Kevin writes in his blog about mundane things. He feels ill. He read a book, played some games, and watched a movie. The film, House Of 1000 Corpses, is apparently a slight disappointment. He writes this:
“…There was no cannibalism, for some reason I was expecting, and hoping to see, cannibalism.”
September 8th, 2005: It’s apparently a day for reflection. The long-winded post he writes details his struggles with depression and anxiety. He recalls a car accident the girl he had a crush on was involved in. He remembers how her boyfriend had been burnt beyond recognition. When he visited her in the hospital, he remembers feeling guilty, because all he could think about was his excitement that she was “single now”. He closes the post with this message:
“I wish I could be human.”
April 13th, 2006: His final blog post is a nondescript link to a science news story. It is the day after he murdered Jamie Rose Bolin. There is no sign of what he did. No mention of the little girl he currently had dead in his apartment, likely lying just feet away. He would be arrested a few short days later.
After his arrest on April 17th, 2006, Kevin was interviewed by investigators in a taped confession. The transcript of this interview is available to the public. By reading it, we once again get a glimpse into the twisted way Kevin’s mind operates.
I have selected what I feel to be the most telling parts of the interview. A word of caution, a lot of the details in this interview are sordid and grotesque.
Kevin Ray Underwood was found guilty of first degree murder in 2008. He was sentenced to the death penalty. He attempted to appeal his death sentence, citing his mental health disorder, stating it would be “an unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment”. This appeal was rejected.