Friends describe killer's history

By Johnny Johnson Modified: March 4, 2008 at 12:53 am •  Published: March 4, 2008
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/> But as those friends grew older and grew apart, as Lansdale and McDade joined the armed services, Underwood's condition worsened and he became more attracted to bizarre fantasies, including deviant sexual behavior, necrophilia and cannibalism.

Family's role in behavior
Woodyard said Underwood's lack of friends, shy and passive personality, weight problems and social inaction disappointed his father. He also said Underwood witnessed violent mood swings present in his mother, who occasionally demonstrated signs of bipolar behavior, including a rage in which she would begin breaking and throwing items.

Realizing his tendencies toward his dark desires, Woodyard said Underwood tried to deal with his problems and started going to the gym to lose weight, and he tried to make an attempt to assimilate. But eventually after getting sick, he quit going to the gym and the "fantasies came back with a vengeance.”

Woodyard said doctors have diagnosed Underwood with a plethora of disorders including bipolar disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, pedophilia, sexual sadism and compulsive masturbation.

And while it would be "natural” to think someone with all those disorders to be "insane,” Woodyard said the legal requirements of insanity are hard to prove, including the fact that the person did not know what they were doing or that they didn't know the difference between right and wrong.

Stylist shares eerie tale
Indicating that they are relying heavily on previously introduced evidence and testimony in the first phase of the trial, prosecutors only called six witnesses Monday morning during the punishment phase of the trial.

One of those witnesses was Elvira Griffin, an Oklahoma City hair stylist who said she had an eerie encounter with Underwood less than a week before the murder.

Griffin testified that Underwood came into where she worked and made a comment about her son's 1-year-old birthday picture.

"He said it was child pornography because you can't show little girl's nipples,” Griffin said.

After explaining that the photo was of a boy, in which his nipples were not even visible, Griffin said the conversation turned to serial killers, and Underwood asked if she knew how to cook organs.

After hearing the man's name on the news the next week, Griffin said she called police.

The state rested after Jamie's mother and father told jurors what their lives had been like since they lost their daughter, and asked the jury to apply the death penalty.

"I was and still am completely lost without her,” Curtis Bolin testified. "There are times I don't know what I'm gonna do. All my life was dedicated to raising her.”

Jennifer Fox, Jamie's mother, said she hasn't been able to work since Jamie was killed.

"I don't have my little girl anymore,” she told jurors.

In order to convince the jury that the death penalty is appropriate, Assistant District Attorney Susan Caswell said the state carries the burden of showing that the murder of Jamie was "heinous, atrocious or cruel,” and that Underwood poses a continuing threat to society.

"It's a burden we gladly accept,” Caswell said.

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