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Kevin Underwood Found Guilty of Murder

Long story short, Kevin Ray Underwood has been found guilty of Jamie Rose Bolin’s horrifying murder.

Nearly 2 years ago I wrote the following articles about the Underwood case for The Crime Library:

I also wrote a blog entry for Huff’s Crime Blog: “Subspecies23.”

Those pieces tell the story of how in early 2006, a guy named Kevin was living a dead-end life, working in a grocery store in Oklahoma. Then one day he decided to go ahead and kill, rape, and eat his 10-year-old neighbor. In that order.

I would re-write those articles thoroughly now, but their basic content would remain the same — after all, most of the links to Underwood’s online presence are still active. One example — his weblog:

Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.

I would write more, but for now it is enough to note that the shark-eyed monster who liked to call himself “Subspecies23” will never be a free man again. My articles from 2 years ago tell much of the back story, so there’s no need to recap here.

Every time I question the use of the death penalty, I think of Kevin Ray Underwood, and the thought gives me pause.

OPEN THREAD: The Mummification of the Crime Library

It’s not that The Crime Library is going anywhere. Apparently, it’s just that it will be frozen, as is. Cyber-mummified.

Quoting Crime Library writer David Lohr, a post from his MySpace blog:

[The] entire staff at CrimeLibrary.com, myself included, has been notified that their positions will be terminated within the coming weeks. It is my understanding that Crime Library will no longer provide daily crime news and that the site will be used for archival purposes. According to an internal memo, CNN.com has no plans to add additional staff to operate it.

Anyone who has followed my blogging for a while may think that I feel a certain amount of schadenfreude about this development, but I don’t. David is correct when he says that it’s the end of an era. Marilyn Bardsley, the executive editor of CrimeLibrary.com, gave me my first professional opportunities as a writer, and I have remained grateful for those opportunities, even when I was not so happy about other things.

To give you some perspective on the apparent abandonment of The Crime Library, here are some links to the site as it appeared throughout the years:

This moment from my hiatus was just to post that news for anyone who might not know, and to provide an opportunity for discussion, if anyone wished to do so, in the comments on this entry. For further reference, here’s David Lohr’s longer entry about these developments at In Cold Blog.

Check the comments on that ICB entry — someone asked a question about MyCase.com (link goes to a True Crime Weblog entry about that show) there, and I answered — I simply don’t know what’s going on with the show at the moment. Whatever happens, I’m not worried, though. I’ve got plenty of work to do.

So I’m going back on True Crime Weblog hiatus now and doing that work — I will be reading comments and replying, if need be.