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Police charge Galivants Ferry man after finding plan to kill woman

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Christopher Heuser. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Christopher Heuser. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

GALIVANTS FERRY, SC (WMBF) – An 18-year-old Galivants Ferry man with mental health issues was arrested and charged with attempted murder after neighbors discovered a note detailing a plan to stab, rape and dump the body of a woman, according to a Horry County Police report.

Christopher Heuser was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on charges of attempted murder, burglary, and malicious damage to personal property on Monday.

According to a police report, the victims, who live nearby Heuser and his foster parents, found one of their house windows had been broken, and the tires of a car belonging to an 18-year-old female resident were slashed.  

The victims later contacted police again after finding a wallet and knives in a ditch next to their house, the police report states. A Horry County Police officer responded and found several pieces of paper in the wallet and two knives. The letter, written in black permanent marker, was a 14-part timeline or plan of the procedure to stab, rape and dump a body, and the time estimate of how long it would take from start to finish.

The officer went to Heuser's house, and saw a black permanent marker with what appeared to be the same handwriting as the letter, the report states. Heuser confessed to writing the letter and hiding in the ditch next to the house. He went on to admit that he slashed the female victim's tires because he was mad at his parents, and that he broke into the house, looking for the victim.

The officer contacted Heuser's therapist, who said that Heuser has a diminished social capacity, but does know right from wrong. The therapist stated that Heuser has been on a downward spiral lately, and "needs to be locked away in a mental hospital," according to the police report.

Heuser remains incarcerated in J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bail has not been set for his charges.

Heuser's foster parent William Smith told said Heuser had been living at his home for about a year and a half and was never really any trouble.

"I've never seen no harm out of Chris he's just not considered aggressive against anybody, boys, girls, or anything," added Smith.

Up until the point when police came out to the house and arrested Heuser, Smith said he had not heard anything about the letter found in the ditch.

"I did when they came and arrested him and that's the first I had heard anything about it," said Smith. 

Heuser's foster parents said police showed them the knives that were found and they matched the ones missing from their house.

"He doesn't tote a knife normally," added Smith.  "He took them out of the kitchen because my wife identified them."

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