The BBC primetime drama has morphed into the genre of true crime with the release of The Serpent, an eight-part thriller that tells reality Life story of the mass murderer Charles Sobhraj

Sobhraj was behind a terrorist rule over the murder of young backpackers in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and was once Interpol’s most wanted man.But the real story behind the drama is almost stranger than fiction – he’s escaped for years and never an explanation or remorse for the murders shown

When Tahar Rahim prepares to play the psychopathic killer on the BBC series, who is Charles Sobhraj and how were his crimes finally exposed?

Hatchand Bhaonani Gurumukh Charles Sobhraj was born in Saigon in 1940 When his parents divorced, he moved to France with his mother and her new partner

Engaged in petty crimes as a teenager and taken to Poissy Prison near Paris, he became integrated into both the heart of Parisian high society and the murky criminal underworld when he was released to commit a series of break-ins and scams and found himself back in jail for his illegal business

In 1970, he moved to Asia with his wife Chantal Compagnon, who gave birth to their daughter in Usha, Mumbai.A few years later, it had escalated into an armed robbery, but was able to escape from prison and fled to Kabul, where it first began Robbing backpackers on the hippie trail

In a clue about how twofold he had become – and what earned him the nickname The Serpent – Sobhraj was arrested for theft but feigned illness, drugged the hospital guard, and at which point his wife decided to give him away for good and he fled to Iran, Europe and the Middle East, where he committed more crimes and then inflated all the money for his increasing gambling addiction

While on the run in Thailand, Sobhraj met two of his future successes: Marie-Andree Leclerc (played by Jenna Coleman in The Serpent) and Ajay Chowdhury, who got into his crime with him

Things took an even darker turn when Sobhraj took care of young backpackers drugged, robbed and killed her

During the course of a year from 1974 to 1975, Sobhraj was directly responsible for the murders of approximately 12 people, but the actual number could be more than 30 people

It’s a grim appeal: Teresa Knowlton from Seattle, who was on her way to a Buddhist monastery, drowned in a tidal pool. Vitali Hakim, a young Sephardic Jewish boy, was found burned near Pattaya. The Dutch couple Henk Bintanja and Cornelia Hemker (changed to Willem and Lena from The Serpent) were drugged, strangled and burned. Charmayne Carrou had drowned

In Nepal, Sobhraj, Chowdhury and Leclerc murdered the Canadian and American Laurent Carrière and Connie Bronzich with stolen passports from people they had previously killed In India, he killed the Israeli scholar Avoni Jacob

Sobhraj, who was traveling with another stolen passport from one of his victims, returned to Bangkok in 1976, where three of his former French employees went to the Dutch diplomat Herman Knippenberg and the police for crimes.The authorities investigated them but released them and released them Sobhraj fled to Malaysia with his accomplices – and Chowdhury was never seen again, another Sobhraj victim suspected

In Bombay, Sobhraj recruited two women, Barbara Smith and Mary Ellen Eather, to work for him and then killed Jean-Luc Solomon

But things fell apart in July 1976 when the trio drugged a tour group of French students and they fell ill in the foyer of a New Delhi hotel, police were called, Smith and Eather confessed, and Sobhraj was convicted of the murder of Solomon taken to Tihar prison

Incredibly, Sobhraj was only held in prison for 12 years, and here he lived a life of luxury when he bribed the guards and got his own television and gourmet food

Shortly before the end of his term, he threw a big party for all the guards in the prison, drugged them and when they slept he simply left the prison. He was caught again and sentenced to another 10 years in prison In 1997 he was released and moved to France

Back in France, Sobhraj became a millionaire because of his murders. In very morally dubious deals he is said to have sold the rights of his life to a film for $ 15 million and up to 6Billed $ 000 for an interview for other media publications

However, he returned to Kathmandu in 2003 and, thanks to Knippenberg’s tireless 30 years of work, was quickly arrested for the murders of Bronzich and Carrière. He told the Nepali Times in 2004: “I couldn’t forget him, it was like malaria Every few years or so something would happen that would pull me back into the fall “

Sobhraj was sentenced without trial and imprisoned for life. He is still in a Nepalese prison today, 76 years old and in poor health

In 1984, Bangkok-based journalist Alan Dawson interviewed him, speculating: “He gave a reason why white people enslaved Asians on drugs and he got his own back without actually saying he did”

In a 2016 interview with Vice, Sobhraj still denied all murders, saying, “I never murdered anyone You speak of a drug addict You may have been, uh, liquidated by a syndicate for trading heroin”

Rahim, who plays the killer in The Serpent, told The Guardian he was considering meeting him in jail to prepare for the role: “I wanted to see how he would cheat on me, then I thought, ‘ I don’t attract ‘I don’t want to meet this guy I’ll find another way’ ”

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