Normally I’m not one to engage in remembrances of tragic events however sometimes there are events that are so tragic that when the sate comes around it must be discussed. One of those tragedies was the brutal 2006 murder of 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin at the hands of Kevin Ray Underwood of Purcell, Oklahoma. This past Tuesday, April 12th, was the tenth anniversary of her murder.
What made Jamie’s murder stand out more than most was not only the brutal fashion in which she was killed but because of the senselessness of it all and the selfishness of her killer. You see, Underwood was obsessed with the concept of cannibalism. He had such a strong desire to know what the taste of human fresh was like that he not only murdered his young victim but he raped her postmortem and attempted to cut off her head after that. Underwood cared so little about his victim that he even volunteered to join the search for her after she went missing. Underwood was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to death shortly thereafter. After having a number of appeals denied he still remains on Oklahoma’s death row. The death penalty has never been awarded to one more deserving of it. At least by me Jamie will never be forgotten.
To see what I posted about Jamie’s murder at the time you can read the archives.
UPDATE 8/3/2016: Underwood’s death sentence has been upheld. A federal judge rejected Underwood’s argument that he was mentally ill at the time of Jamie’s murder.