A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, April 22, 2006

There are not words for this. May she rest in peace.

Slain 10-year-old Oklahoma girl laid to rest

PURCELL, Okla. — Jamie Rose Bolin, the 10-year-old girl whose body was found in the apartment of a man who authorities said intended to eat her corpse, was remembered Thursday as a friendly child who enjoyed watching movies, singing and sewing. "Maybe heaven needed another rose to add to its bouquet," pastor Duane Elmore told about 1,000 people attending the funeral in the Purcell High School gymnasium. "It only took her 10 years to earn her wings."

Members of Jamie's Girl Scout troop wept during a video presentation chronicling moments in her life, including clowning around with friends. Elmore told Jamie's family that the community would continue to support them.

"Long after the cameras are gone and the headlines change, there will still be people in Purcell who love you," Elmore said, his voice quaking with emotion. A photograph of the girl along with a large bouquet of flowers was on top of the white casket. After the funeral service, the casket was placed in a white hearse for a 60-mile trip to Guthrie for burial.

Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in Jamie's death and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty. A judge has entered a not guilty plea for Underwood. The grocery store stocker was arrested Friday and held without bail after drawing suspicion at a checkpoint near the apartment complex where he and Jamie's family lived.

Underwood led authorities to the apartment, where they found Jamie's body in a large plastic tub sealed with duct tape in his bedroom closet. Authorities believe Underwood lured the child into his apartment, beat her on the head with a wooden cutting board and suffocated her with his hands and duct tape. Jamie died of asphyxiation, authorities said.

Prosecutors have said meat tenderizer and barbecue skewers found in his apartment were intended for the little girl. According to a police affidavit, Underwood confessed that he killed Jamie, telling FBI agents: "Go ahead and arrest me. She is in there. I chopped her up." Police said that while there were deep saw marks on the girl's neck, she had not been dismembered.

Apparently this monster wrote about his fantasies about cannibalism on his webpage. And no one noticed. Or cared. May he rot in hell.


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