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Hear the 9-1-1 calls from attempted murder in Ferndale

Three 9-1-1 calls from a Ferndale man accused of stabbing his wife were released this week after a records request by The Bellingham Herald.

In the calls placed Friday, March 6, Charles Hendricks Foster interrupts the dispatcher several times to tell her to “shut up and listen.” He also says:

— “I deserve to go to jail for murder.”

— “I am about ready to kill my wife.”

— “I don’t care, I want her dead.”

Foster, 64, denies he’s been drinking, though later his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.232, according to charging papers.

After the last call Foster, smoking a cigarette, suddenly stepped outside onto a second-story landing of his apartment on Third Avenue to meet police, according to the charges. Officers found his wife, 58, inside on the couch with a 3-inch stab wound to her chest, very close to her lung. She spent the weekend in St. Joseph hospital. Doctors told police she would have died without emergency aid.

The knife Foster allegedly used was found in the sink.

Foster told police he’d been arguing with his wife about their alcohol use. They’d been married for about a year.

The Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office charged Foster with attempted murder in the second degree while armed with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $500,000, and as of Thursday, March 19, he remained in jail.

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