Harvey's evil plan revealed

KILLER Michael Harvey had ambitions to become a serial killer, it was revealed today.As the 50-year-old begins a life sentence for the murder of his uncle Ian Halls his psychological state has been revealed by the disturbing notes he made around the time of the killing.

KILLER Michael Harvey had ambitions to become a serial killer, it was revealed today.

As the 50-year-old begins a life sentence for the murder of his uncle Ian Halls his psychological state has been revealed by the disturbing notes he made around the time of the killing.

A page of notes were entitled 'Me' which was crossed out it and next to it written Ben. Under the word Ben were a list of descriptions the first, and most chilling, the letters SK which the prosecution argued stood for serial killer - the text read "fits the profile of SK".

Killing Mr Halls, taking on his identity and stripping his assets were all part of Harvey's sickening masterplan to solve his financial problems.

Harvey was struggling with debts of more than £20,000 when made disturbingly detailed notes about how he would prey on Mr Halls.

The 63-year-old, of Tower Mill Road, Ipswich, fitted the criteria Harvey had set down for finding his perfect victim, or Don, as he bizarrely tagged them.

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He had been looking for a man who was a loner, earning more than £25,000 a year, who had paid off most of their mortgage and had few family members.

Mr Halls was one of at least 13 names on a list of potential targets Harvey had identified and considered preying on.

On finding the retired librarian, Harvey believed he had stumbled on his perfect victim.

He lived alone, in a £150,000 house, had more than £300,000 of assets and would not instantly be missed if he disappeared.

In his notes, found by police when they made the arrest, he left sketches of possible identities he could take on if he had to pass himself off as Mr Halls.

The files also provided vital evidence for detectives searching for the body parts of Mr Halls.

Although the head, hands, left leg and lower right leg were found, his torso, upper right leg and arms are still missing.

Detailed diagrams and maps were found of various cities. Cambridge, Nottingham and Peterborough were all investigated as possible dumping sites where Harvey may have disposed of some remains.

He had also drawn meticulous maps of sites where he had discarded some bits, in the River Witham, in Lincolnshire. He had even pinpointed tidal patterns and where a noisy dog lived in one case.

But most shocking was the comprehensive notes made by Harvey about how to dismember a body and how he sought to get away with his appalling crime.

He had made flow-charts of how he would deal with every possible scenario as he set about spinning his web of lies.

He had listed "people to be sorted", who included the "old bill", "the social worker who keeps calling" and "Dianna and Rosie", Mr Halls stepsister and her daughter.

He had even thought of the answers he would give to "nosey neighbours".

After cutting up Mr Halls' body, the chilling murderer referred to it as "pongo" and "whiffy", tags the prosecution claimed were invented because of the smell of the remains. In what appeared to be some form of shopping list, Harvey had said he wanted to "find something to wrap Pongo in".

Another note reminded him "to prepare for chop daytime" and to "chop night time".

Throughout his notes, Harvey referred to Halls as "ONK", for reasons only known to himself, and his murder as the "event".

In his maps, he referred to Ipswich as "Ippers", adding it would be too risky to stay too long there.

Referring to Tower Mill Road, Harvey had noted he must "a) get the place cleaned up" and "b) prepare for exit" and then "get stuff distributed". The prosecution said the "stuff" he referred to was Mr Halls' body parts.

Making notes after committing the crime, Harvey said he needed to get away from "Ippers" and go somewhere "to calm his nerves" for a while.

Speaking after the case Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, of Suffolk police, said: "We have obviously conducted a huge number of enquiries. It would appear that Michael Harvey had identified a number of other potential victims.

"We believe we have traced all of those individuals and have found them to be alive and well. At this stage, it does not appear Michael Harvey is a serial killer.

"I cannot stand here and say he has not murdered before, but we have not uncovered any evidence he is responsible for killing other individuals."

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