Charles Sobhraj is a name that
many Asians would recognize, as he is one of the most dangerous conmen and
serial killers! He was notorious for befriending, drugging, and murdering
Western backpackers in the 1970s.
His life has now turned into a
limited TV series on Netflix, which will be available on the streaming platform
from April 2nd! It is titled The Serpent, and has 8 episodes of one
hour each. Popular by the name Bikini Killer, the serial killer had an ability
to deceive and evade his victims quite cunningly.
Did Charles Get Convicted First?
He killed dozens of people in
the 1970s, and got convicted and jailed in India for 21 years. When he got
released from jail, he decided to retire and promote his services in Paris. But
soon returned to Nepal and got arrested again in 2003, after which he got life
But what was interesting in his
case was the planning and strategy that he applied in all his murders. Mostly,
serial killers lose control and kill people to satisfy their impulse. Charles,
on the other hand, was much controlled and took his time to plan his murders.
He was honestly the by-product of his life.
Despite being charming, he
suffered from anti-social personality disorder – kind of conflicting, but this
was evident in his case. Many would even describe him to be handsome, which
gave him an edge and helped his criminal career. Anyway, all of these traits
earned him the “celebrity” status in the pop-culture.
was Marie-Andree Leclerc?
He had an interesting
relationship with his girlfriend, who was an accomplice in many of his crimes.
Want to know more about their relationship? Continue reading!
She was born and raised in Quebec,
Canada. She was professionally trained as a medical secretary but, at the age
of 30, she started to accomplice Sobhraj in his crimes. She would scam tourists
and help her serial killer boyfriend steal their money and passport.
They used to target hippies
most of the time, and that is because Charles had an unexplained dislike for
them. Interestingly, even when she was in a relationship with him, she acted as
if she had no idea about his murders.
long was Marie-Andree Leclerc dating Charles Sobhraj?
How long did the dysfunctional
relationship last? It was a bizarre situation – like how can a medical student
get involved in a passionate relationship with a serial killer? She met Charles
in Kashmir in 1975, where he was her tour guide and tried to woo her.
In the next three months, they
shared several love letters. They soon met in Bangkok, and after that their
relationship went on for years. In fact, it would’ve continued longer had they
not gotten arrested.
Marie-Andree Leclerc help Charles Sobhraj kill his victims?
Like we said before, she was
his accomplice, but she always denied the acknowledgement of this fact. In
fact, one time, she gave a potion to his victim Domonique Veylau who got ill
soon after its consumption. One time, she also used the passport of a woman
murdered by him.
In an interview, one of Charles’
victims said that she had to be aware of his monstrosity. They said that
anyone’s eyes and ears could see what was happening in the apartment they
did Marie-Andree Leclerc die?
His girlfriend died at the age
of 38 from terminal cancer. She got out on bail, and was released on the
condition that she wouldn’t leave India. Anyway, she got diagnosed with ovarian
cancer, and the Indian Supreme Court decided to let her
go back to her home country to die.
Jenna Coleman is playing the
role of his girlfriend in The Serpent. The show is also available on BBC One
drama. The actress has formerly done shows like Doctor Who and Victoria, and
she has described the character as delusional.
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