Murder, they blogged
Single, Bored, Lonelyand Dangerously Weird
Underwood described himself on his blog as a "single, bored and lonely" man with "dangerously weird" fantasies. He recognized that he was depressed and socially incompetent, noting that his days off were spent in front of his computer, blogging or playing the computer role-playing game, Kingdom of Loathing.
Reports say Underwood had no prior history of serious mental illness. But on his blog he discussed his social phobia, medication and therapy at length. He also acknowledges crippling periods of depression when starting college and when an unrequited crush died in car accident.
Instead he simply wondered what he might do and what others would think. The Silence of the Lambs fan wrote, "I'm afraid the cops would come into my apartment and see all the knives and swords and horror movies and commentaries about serial killers on my DVD rack and suspect me." But no onenot his readers, his mother across town, his neighbors, nor his managers at Carl Jr's burger restaurant or Grider's Discount Foods (where he worked with his aunt)seems to have recognized a real problem in this quiet man or done anything about it.
Neither mitigating factors nor the defense's call for mercy nor Underwood's remorse had much of an impact on the public, broad swathes of which called for the death penalty, or on his jury, who took less than an hour after a comparatively short trial to convict him of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death, rather than life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
On April 3, 2008 McClain County District Judge Candace Blalock ordered Underwood's execution by lethal injection. Underwood's defense attorney, Matthew Haire, plans to appeal the conviction.