Charles Sobhraj (born 6 April 1944), also known as the Bikini Killer, is a French thief, fraudster and serial killer. He preyed on Western tourists throughout Southeast Asia during the 1970s. He was nicknamed The Splitting Killer and The Serpent.
Hotchand Bhaonani Gurumukh Charles Sobhraj
6 April 1944
|Other names||The Bikini Killer, The Splitting Killer, The Serpent|
|Parent(s)||Hatchand Sobhraj (father)|
Tran Loang Phun (mother)
|Criminal penalty||Life imprisonment in Nepal|
Span of crimes
Sobhraj allegedly committed at least a dozen murders. He was convicted and jailed in India from 1976 to 1997. After his release, he retired as a celebrity in Paris. He returned to Nepal and was arrested and tried there. Sobhraj received a sentence of life imprisonment.
Sobhraj is widely believed to be a psychopath. He enjoyed the attention, charging large amounts of money for interviews and movie rights. He has been the subject of four books and three documentaries. Sobhraj's return to Nepal, where he was still eagerly sought by authorities, is believed to be the result of him wanting attention.
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