Insights From Kevin Ray Underwood's Blog
It is a surprising item that Kevin Ray Underwood who was arrested for the gruesome Purcell, Oklahoma murder of a 10 year old girl that involved extreme violence and cannibalism was a blogger and gave a few insights into his very disturbed psychology.
There were few insights from popular culture into the disterbed psychology of Underwood. Underwood listed SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS as his favorite cartoon, although he doesn't watch cartoons all that much. Nothing too abnormal there. He liked music like Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, but so do many normal music lovers. And he could equally listen to Weird Al as well. That balances out. His movie choices may have included A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, but he also loved MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL as well. There wasn't much very abnormal in his popular culture tastes. Poular culture doesn't make a brain abnormal. It is other factors in which a brain processes information and the abnormal function of brain chemicals and neurons that affect thinking or abnormal psychology.
But there were other disturbing signs of a loner and a 26 year old who was likely a virgin according to posted information on his blog. He was also taking a medication for depression. But likely he failed to inform his doctor of the "wierd fantasies" he also claimed to have in one blog entry. Likely he was suffering severe mental illness problems, but by failed to inform his doctor of this was musdiagnosed as merely depressed when far more serious mental illness existed.
A major problem with persons with mental illness is that they must receive medication that actually helps their symptoms. Prescribing antidepressants in many persons when other forms of mental illness is present does absolutely nothing and can contribute to suicide or severely disordered acts. Antidepressants likely are a medication that often does not work, as the increased rate of suicide under their 8influence seems to indicate, and can have a strange impact on some distubed minds, where some such an young Oregon boy, Kip Kinkel murdered his parents and shot up his school under the influence of antidepressants. There is much evidence of persons who are disturbed commiting strange crimes under the influence of antidepressants when serious mental illness symptoms required a far different medication such as an antipsychotic medication.
From postings on Kevin Underwood's blog at www.myspace.com/subspecies23 and blog.myspace.com/subspecies23, the 26 year old Underwood appeared to be a loner who committed crimes that could be defined as belonging to a "control killer" personality by criminal profilers. It appeared to be a pathetic disturbed way to control others, from a person who feels essentially powereless, and where a 10 year old appeared to be his easiest to control victim of opportunity. Underwood was not likely a pedophile in the classic sense, but the 10 year old victim seemed the most easy to control target when the opportunity present itself to fulfill the psychotic fantasies that began to dominate his mind as his mental illness progressed. One source seemed to indicate that a woman and a small boy were also considered by Underwood as victims. Likely he was on the path to becoming a serial killer with a series of victims, but his first crime was so bungled that he was caught before future crimes could have been committed.
Indeed this murder was a very gruesome one from a deeply disturbed personality. A very sad case. But the blog entries of Kevin Underwood do provide an interesting bit of insight into the psychology behind a terrible crime.
Tuesday Update: Apparently Kevin "Subspecies23" Underwood also has a blog over at Blogspot.com. On a question about cannibalism of all issues, Underwood made the disturbing comment about "wearing the skin" of his victim to dinner. For some reason this and more disturbing comments didn't raise any red flags with anyone. Amazing.