Sick serial killer Charles Sobhraj lived in luxury – even after his capture

BBC’s new true crime series called The Serpent revisits the crimes of serial killer Charles Sobhraj.

The eight-part drama details his killing spree in the 1970s.

It is believed Sobhraj committed at least a dozen murders and potentially more across Southeast Asia.

The French-Vietnamese serial killer poisoned, strangled, drowned and stabbed his victims, or in some cases burned them alive.

He was known as The Serpent because of his skills at deception and evasion, and he would often escape the clutches of police.

He evaded capture for so long he became Interpol’s most-wanted man.

So what happened to him in the end, was he ever caught? Here we explore.

Where is Charles Sobhraj now?

Charles Sobhraj, now aged 76, is serving out a life sentence in Kathmandu prison in Nepal.

He was caught in New Delhi, India in July 1976 after an attempt to drug a group of French travellers failed.

Sobhraj was sentenced to 12 years in Tihar prison in India, initially for the manslaughter of two tourists.

But managed to bribe himself into a life of luxury while inside.

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He allegedly received luxuries including a colour TV, typewriter and demanded extravagant food orders.

During this time he reportedly escaped prison for a month, but was caught and received another 10 years in prison.

He was released in 1997 when most of the warrants, evidence and witnesses were lost, and travelled to Paris where he lived as a free man and enjoyed giving interviews.

However, Sobhraj eventually travelled to Nepal in 2003 – one of the few countries he could still be arrested.

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Sobhraj was seen by a journalist who reported him to the police.

He was again arrested and was tried for the murder of American backpacker Connie Jo Boronzich, 29, and Canadian tourist Laurent Carrière, 26.

They had been killed between in late December 1975 in Nepal.

He was sentenced to life in prison for the two killings in August 2004, and has been incarcerated in Kathmandu prison ever since.

Sobhraj appealed against the convicted in, claiming he was sentenced without trial.

However, the conviction was upheld by the Patan Court of Appeals in 2005.

The Serpent is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

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  • Serial Killers

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