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Murder once was 'sick, sad'

By Nolan Clay Published: April 23, 2006
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e is in there. I chopped her up."

The police chief and the district attorney revealed details to Jamie's family before talking with reporters.

"It was difficult facing the family," the police chief said.

"Her daddy, he was throwing up. He just couldn't stand to listen to it anymore," said his cousin, Bud "Cody" Anderson of Edmond.

Anderson and Jamie's uncle, Mark Chiles, had to step out of the briefing for a while. Chiles, of Guthrie, said, "It gives you nightmares. ... I had to get up and walk out of the room ... I couldn't deal with it. I went back after I calmed down. It was just tough."

At the briefing, officials told relatives that Underwood had intended to put the head on the kitchen table, Anderson said.

Underwood, a butcher's son whose favorite movies include "House of 1,000 Corpses," had joked about cannibalism on his Internet diary, known as a blog.

Investigators seized a bottle of meat tenderizer and skewers from his kitchen. The prosecutor said Underwood intended to stick the skewers through his victim's cheeks. Officials said he was caught before eating any of the body.

They also found a video of an A&E special on serial killers, prosecutors said.

The sick aspects of the case have attracted national media attention and widespread interest on the Internet. His online diary has been looked at more than 200,000 times in the last week.

Underwood wrote about himself in the blog hundreds of times, complaining often about issues not unusual for young men: his work, his surroundings, his depression and his lack of a social life. He disclosed he watched porn but was so shy he'd rarely had sex. He wrote he had few friends, was a college dropout and took medication. He worried about what he would do with his life.

"I've always thought acting would be cool if only I weren't so shy. I'd be a good villain," he wrote in January 2003.

The actions have shocked his family and friends. A boss, specialty foods supplier Ben Obrist, said, "We can't figure it out. We don't understand it."

Still, his diary had clues that Underwood was giving in to darker urgings. He sometimes had references to killing someone, to Satan and to the number "666," known as the mark of the devil.

In 2002, he wrote: "Who loves Satan? We love Satan! Who loves Satan? We love Satan! Satan! (Satan) Satan! (Satan) YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY SATAN! Sorry, that just popped into my head, and I had to share."

This year, on Feb. 4, Underwood wrote, "Pretty much the only time I believe in God is when I want to blame Him for something. Or, when I'm really depressed, to cry and beg Him to make me better, to make whatever is wrong in my brain go away, so that I can live like a normal person."

He also wrote Feb. 4, "Until a couple of days ago, I hadn't even taken out my trash in weeks. I could barely even get into my kitchen for all the piles of trash everywhere and on every available counter space."

He included Lee Harvey Oswald as someone from history he'd most like to meet.

He also was interested in the news account of a Japanese girl who became a kind of cult figure in that country after murdering a classmate at school. The victim in that case died after her throat was slit.

His uncle, Randel Underwood, was murdered Sept. 17, 1997, shot in the head at home in Moore. His uncle's wife, Janice Underwood, was convicted of first-degree murder.

"It's the only funeral I ever cried at," he wrote.

His attorneys are preparing to ask for a mental competency examination to see if he is suffering from mental problems severe enough to keep him from assisting in his defense. The earliest his preliminary hearing could be held is August.

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