Lecter ‘threat’ man charged
A PENNSYLVANIA man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened a judge by sending her a letter including a picture of movie cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
Gregg Tchirkow, of Monessen, said at Thursday’s preliminary hearing that the picture was a “cry for help” and a way to tell the court he needed psychiatric help when transitioning from prison to freedom.
Lecter is the criminally insane psychiatrist who helps an FBI agent track a serial killer in the book and film The Silence of the Lambs.
Westmoreland County judge Meagan Bilik-Defazio sent Tchirkow to prison for 18 to 36 months in 2015 for growing marijuana in his home. Prosecutors contend the letter, sent from jail in July, was sent in retaliation.
Tchirkow, acting as his own lawyer during a contentious two-hour hearing, called charges of retaliation, stalking and terroristic threats “ridiculously frivolous”.
“I’d like to subpoena Sir Anthony Hopkins,” Tchirkow said, naming the actor who played Lecter in the movie.
Tchirkow promised to fight the charges at trial, saying he knew he was “doomed from the beginning” because a judge was the alleged victim.