Purcell -- Months of strategic planning and preparation led Kevin Underwood to invite in, kill, attempt to dismember and sexually assault his upstairs neighbor, Jamie Rose Bolin, District Attorney Tim Kuykendall said Saturday.
"It is our belief that though she was chosen to be the victim of this particular crime, other people, children and adults, had been targeted," said Purcell Police Chief David Tompkins.
Bolin, 10, was found dead in a plastic tub in the closet of Underwood's apartment Friday afternoon. Police began searching for the girl Wednesday night, originally hypothesizing she may have been abducted by an online predator.
Saturday, Chief David Tompkins and Kuykendall said a number of items seized from Underwood's apartment over the weekend indicated he was planning to consume part or all of Bolin's body after he killed her and removed her head. He allegedly killed Underwood by beating her head three to four times with a wooden cutting board and smothering her with his hands and duct tape, said Tompkins. Additionally, it appeared Underwood had attempted to remove Bolin's head with a decorative dagger, which was also seized.
"Regarding a potential motive, this appears to have been part of a plan to kidnap a person, rape them, torture them, kill them, cut off their head, drain the body of blood, rape the corpse, eat the corpse, then dispose of the organs and bones," said Tompkins. Quietly collecting a number of items seized at the apartment, including a hacksaw, meat tenderizer, barbecue skewers, and a duffle bag, Underwood told investigators he'd "fantasized about cannibalism for about a year now," Tompkins said Saturday.
Expect much discussion this week to be about his blog, Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K., his his Page 'O Links, his Amazon wish list, and the rest of his online activities. Here's what you'll find in his Blogger profile:
Single, bored, and lonely, but other than that, pretty happy.