Lecter ‘threat’ man charged

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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.

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