Blog Of A Killer

Kevin Underwood, a man who confessed to killing a 10-year old neighbor, kept a blog and wrote about cannibalism and "weird fantasies".

Investigators believe Underwood lured his neighbour's 10-year-old daughter into his apartment last week, beat her over the head with a wooden cutting board and suffocated her with his hands and duct tape. He was arrested Friday after he led investigators to his apartment, where they found the body of Jamie Bolin in a large Rubbermaid tub sealed with duct tape in his bedroom closet.

People who worked with Underwood described him Sunday as a quiet, "boring" and seemingly trustworthy young man, but their characterizations seemed to echo a September 2005 blog entry in which he described himself as becoming "more and more detached from the world."

Not surprisingly, the world is reading his thoughts.

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If you scroll through some

If you scroll through some of the 600-some comments on his last post on April 14th, you will read some pretty hate-filled and psychotic commentary. I have only read a small portion of his blog (including his dangerous fantasies post), but the comments by his newfound viewer-base are clearly more disturbing than anything Underwood wrote. This isn't to say the guy wasn't seriously disturbed because he obviously was (and you get that sense from some of his writing). It's just curious to me that people react so violently to what he did and then proudly shout their hate on his blog.

I don't know what else to say about it. I blogged on the subject last night and asked the question: what can we learn from the blog of a murderer? Despite a number of hits today, no one has volunteered an answer. Perhaps the better question is: what can we learn from America's reaction to this killer?

This isn't the first

This isn't the first instance of this sort of thing. I predict that the market for true crime novels will tank in a world where everyone has a blog.

This kind of thing makes the

This kind of thing makes the voluntary cannibalism case in Germay a while back look pretty bad. Wait, it IS pretty bad. But I'll defend it. What say y'all?

I think he was a sick

I think he was a sick pervert i don't care what his blog said or how detached he was yeah he was insane but that just means our court system will be easier on him it is a bunch of crap cut his head off with a hack saw see if he begs to go home show no mercy

Kevin Underwood Via

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Via Catallarchy the blog of one Kevin Underwood: Investigators believe Underwood lured his neighbour’s 10-year-old daughter into his apartment last week, beat her over the head with a wooden cutting board and suffocated her with his hands and duct tape.

The blog itself really puts

The blog itself really puts a face to this story. Even though we've never personally met him, seeing the words on the screen makes it all a bit more involving. Reading through some of his posts, it's tough not to feel some sort of pity: the lonliness, social awkwardness and pining for an unattainable girl that untold millions have all felt at some point in their lives. To then know that his mind went completely off the deep end - to know what exactly the mind is capable of - is sobering. It's those far-reaches of the psyche that few of us can even imagine, let alone act upon.

As far as the blog community's reaction, I would say I'm mixed on it.

On one hand, I see Neal's point of view. On the other hand, the tout anger being displayed at least shows people aren't getting desensitized to these sorts of acts. This ain't a Hollywood movie, and going Hannibal Lecter on someone (especially a child) still grabs the rawest of nerves. And, this is just a guess, but I'm thinking many of the most pissed-off reactions are from those with kids. Parents are normally a bit on edge anyway concerning their child's safety, and they'll mentally transform this story into something a bit more personal.

That said, I can't muster up red-hot unbridled hatred for Underwood, but it's probably since I'm so far removed from the scene and can view it with a bit more clarity. If that we're my 10-year-old daughter, however, it'd be a completely different story. I'd probably need to be physically restrained from considering going vigilante on the guy.

Side-note: I couldn't help initially wonder if there was some relation between Kevin Underwood of small-town Oklahoma and singer Carrie Underwood from small-town Oklahoma.

I think he was a sick

I think he was a sick pervert i don’t care what his blog said or how detached he was yeah he was insane but that just means our court system will be easier on him it is a bunch of crap cut his head off with a hack saw see if he begs to go home show no mercy

I understand being seriously pissed off at this guy. He did something really sick and twisted: I don't think anyone here would argue with how evil what he did was. That said, is it constructive to react like crazed lunatics mouthing off in run-on sentences how much we'd like to torture the guy to make him pay for his crimes? Does it make you feel better?

I've almost been more disturbed by the the blog community's reaction to this guy than what he did. The reason being that the unbridled hatred of hundreds via comments like yours and many others on Underwood's blog makes me wonder about the goodness of humanity in general. Comparatively, in Underwood's case, it seems to me he has some mental problems. Even if he's not mental, he is ultimately just one man. In any given population, you're going to have some crazy psychopaths, but when the whole population starts appearing crazy, that's when I start worrying.

To then know that his mind

To then know that his mind went completely off the deep end - to know what exactly the mind is capable of - is sobering. It’s those far-reaches of the psyche that few of us can even imagine, let alone act upon.

That was probably one of the most apposite points I've read on this topic. Great thoughts. Has anyone seen The Machinist? I can't seem to shake some sense of connection between it and this ordeal.

Good points re: the blog community's reaction, as well. Maybe I'm just too removed from the situation therefore I react differently. That said, I'm still disturbed overall by some of the commentary.

I just posted this comment

I just posted this comment on my blog, but figured I'd share it here, as well:

Though most of the disturbing comments on Underwood's blog are from people saying how much they hate him, want him to burn in hell, rot in prison, have his head chopped off etc ... I found this comment:

I don't think the guy who did this will ever see my post, but I'll post it anyway.

Many people are angry about what you did, I'm not one of them. I admire you for having the courage to do this. I like to think that in the far future, people will look back to cases such as this and see it the way we see now feminist and homosexual activists of the past: courageous enough to discard social taboos and not only admit one's honest desires to oneself, but actually do what you feel passionate about.

Just my thoughts.

Probably the most disturbing comment on there and it was posted anonymously.

Neal, You're right; that

Neal,

You're right; that weird anonymous post is disturbing. (So much so that I wonder if it's a joke.) But that aside, I'd like to address your other comments. You seem to accept it as a given that unbridled hatred for this guy is somehow morally wrong or that those with that opinion are scary and crappy. And although it seems to be generally agreed upon by the popular media that hatred is evil in and of itself, I don't agree.

What's so bad about wanting retribution against those who commit particularly heinous crimes?

Sarah, I also wondered about

Sarah,

I also wondered about the comment: was it a joke? It doesn't read like a joke to me. It's too calm and too exacting. The writer believes what he/she is saying. That said, we just don't know.

Absolutely nothing is wrong with wanting retribution. In fact, it's righteous to exert retribution for the wrongdoing of others: without placing costs on evil behaviors, evil behaviors will proliferate.

Blabbing one's hatred or desires to do torturous things in the comments of a killer's blog is, in my view, taking moral apprehension to another level. It's not that the comments are evil/immoral, they simply disturb me. Of course, the question is, "Why?" I believe I'm bothered because I see such unbridled hatred as a guiding light on the character of the commenters. You see, I want to believe that human beings are inherently good.

Perhaps wanting it to be true is the problem. Perhaps my sense of unease about the comments is unusual and I'm just being overly sensitive. I just can't shake the image of a lynch mob drooling over the thought of disemboweling some murderer, as if such brutalization would make them feel any better. What good does this do? Is wanting retribution against a murderer tantamount to wanting someone to prison rape them, beat them to a pulp and then cut off their head with a hacksaw? I see retribution as a trial, imprisonment, and when it makes sense, the death penalty. I see justice more objective and less emotional and I have no problem with wanting this type of retribution.

This case brings to mind a

This case brings to mind a very interesting article by Alec Rawls: http://www.rawls.org/Multiple_verdicts_frame.htm

"Because juries in criminal cases are only asked to apply a single standard of guilt, our system of criminal law admits no distinction between the certainly guilty and the almost certainly guilty, some of whom will be innocent. This lumping together of the certainly guilty with a proportion of innocents greatly limits how we can deal with the certainly guilty, and it greatly increases the harm done to those innocents who are wrongly convicted."

One implication of this is that if we have a system where we can judge between most likely guilty and really beyond any doubt guilty, then we could have harsher punishments for him while perhaps at the same time be more certain that innocents will not be receiving this harsher punishment.

Hey i have been searching

Hey i have been searching the internet for Kevin Underwood's blog. Could you please write me and let me know where i can find it because me and my friends are interested in what he was saying on his blog's.