Who is ‘Bikini Killer’ Charles Sobhraj

NEW DELHI: Charles Sobhraj was a notorious serial killer, with more than a dozen murders against him in Southeast Asian countries. He is serving a life sentence in Nepal. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Nepal ordered the release of Sobhraj, 78, for health reasons.
Here’s a look at the life of Charles Sobhraj and his journey through the criminal world:

  • Born in 1944 in Vietnam, Sobhraj has an Indian father and a Vietnamese mother. He moved to France at a young age and soon became involved in criminal activity, including petty theft and fraud.
  • In the 1970s, Sobhraj traveled to Southeast Asia, where he began committing more serious crimes, including murder.
  • Sobhraj’s crimes are characterized by cunning and the ability to manipulate those around him. He chooses his victims, using his charm and good looks to lure them into his trap.
  • Sobhraj targets tourists, especially backpackers, in Thailand, Nepal and India. He often made friends and then drugged them, stealing their property and identification.
  • In some cases, he killed his victims and brutally disposed of their bodies, earning him the nickname “Bikini Killer”.
  • Sobhraj was finally arrested in 1976 in New Delhi, following a series of murders and thefts at the city’s Ashoka hotel. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
  • Sobhraj ended up serving 21 years in prison, with a brief stint in 1986 when he escaped and was recaptured in the Indian coastal state of Goa.
  • Freed in 1997, Sobhraj retired to Paris but reappeared in 2003 in Nepal, where he was discovered in the tourist area of ​​Kathmandu and arrested.
  • A court there gave him a life sentence the following year for the murder of US tourist Connie Jo Bronzich in 1975. A decade later, he was also found guilty of murdering Bronzich’s Canadian companion. .
  • Sobhraj’s story has been the subject of numerous books, documentaries and movies, including the TV series “The Serpent” to be released in 2021.


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