John Robert Carlton, 37, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ingrid Lyne

April 13, 2016 04:30 PM

The suspect in the death and dismemberment of a Seattle-area nurse once threatened his own mother by directing her toward the film Hannibal – about a cannibalistic serial killer – and telling her to “beware,” according to a court record shared with PEOPLE.

John Robert Charlton, 37, was named in a complaint by his parents, Ray and JoAnn Charlton, who filed a request for a protective order against their son in Thurston County, Washington, after encountering him verbally abusive and apparently drunk at their home in 2006.

Charlton, 37, is charged with second-degree murder and currently jailed on a $2 million bond in connection with the death of Ingrid Lyne, 40, a mother of three whose dismembered remains turned up after she went missing Friday following a date with Charlton.

In the request for the restraining order, Ray Charlton wrote that during the incident at the couple’s home, his son tried “continuously to provoke a fight by yelling foul language very close to our faces and physically putting his chest into my body.”

Ray Charlton’s handwritten statement continued: “He removed a movie from the shelf called Hannibal [and] set it in front of my wife. Told her she should watch this and beware. We feared he could inflict imminent physical harm or bodily injury or assault.”

The 2001 film about the fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter is the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1992.

John Robert Charlton
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The father described two other occasions when his son “displayed the same attitude,” and wrote that his son “relayed to us that life was putting too much pressure on him and he felt he was becoming mentally unstable and possibly unable to control his actions.”

A Thurston County Superior Court official confirmed the contents of the court record to PEOPLE.

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The parents’ request for the protective order was eventually dropped, reports The Seattle Times.

John Robert Charlton, who has a long criminal history, was arrested after Lyne’s dismembered remains were found in a Seattle recycling bin.

Charlton told police that he and Lyne, a divorced mom from Renton, had been dating for about a month and went on a date a Seattle Mariners baseball game last Friday.

Afterward, according to police documents obtained by PEOPLE, “Charlton claimed that he had been so intoxicated on Friday night that he could not recall how he and Lyne returned to her residence after the Mariners game, or what transpired when they got there. He said he believed they had sex, and said Lyne was acting ‘weird,’ but could not or would not provide further details.”

Lyne’s mother and others were able to steer police toward Charlton.

An investigation of the victim’s home found blood, pieces of flesh and a 15-inch pruning saw in the bathroom, along with kitchen trash bags that “appear identical in color and size” to the bag that held Lyne’s body parts, which were described by police as a head, an arm with a hand, and a lower leg and foot.

Authorities are still seeking the rest of Lyne’s remains. Charlton is due in court Thursday.


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