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|Full name||Hotchand Bhawnani Gurumukh Charles Sobhraj Scroll.in|
|Nickname(s)||• Sob GQ Magazine
• The Bikini Killer The Telegraph
• The Serpent The Telegraph
• The Splitting Killer The Telegraph
|Andere Names||• Alain Gauthier
• Robert Grainer Crime Library
|What are you looking for?||The thief, serial murderer, and fraudster that committed crimes during the 1970s on South Asia’s Hippie Trail|
|Physical Stats & More|
|The height (approx.||in centimeters– 172cm
In meters– 1.72m
in feet & inches– 5’ 8”
|Hair Color||Salt & Pepper|
|All the Known Ones||• Teresa Knowlton (sometimes also Jennie Bolvar depending on the source): Teresa was originally from Seattle and Charles Sobhraj’s first murder victim. The body of Teresa was found in the Gulf of Thailand in her floral bikini and drowned. After months of autopsy, it was determined that the death was accidental drowning.
• Vitali Hakim Young nomadic Turkish Sephardic Jew who was killed on his way to Pattaya.
• Stephanie Parry: After strangling his wife, he murdered her in Bangkok.
• Henricus Bintanja “Henk”, Cornelia Hemker “Cocky” Hemker Charles poisoned a Dutch couple and they were cured. Vitali Hakim was approached by Vitali Hakims girlfriend to find out the disappearance of her boyfriend. Charles hustled them from Charles’ apartment. The bodies of the couple were strangled to death and set on fire December 16, 1975.
• Charmayne Carrou Vitali Hakim was murdered by Vitali’s French girlfriend while she investigated Vitali’s disappearance. Teresa’s girlfriend, Charmayne, was also found dead in her same conditions, dressed in a floral bikini. Although Charmayne’s and Teresa’s murders weren’t connected, Charles was given the nickname “The Bikini Killer” because of their similar style of murder.
• Laurent Ormond Carrière (also identified as Laddie DuParr in some sources): Charles was 26 years old and was killed in Nepal by Charles.
• Jean-Luc Solomon: Charles poisoned a Frenchman with intent to rob him, but he died from overdose.
|Date of birth||Thursday, April 6, 1944|
|Age in 2023||77 Years|
|The birthplace||Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam|
|Schools||He attended French boarding schools.|
|Religion||As a teenager, he became a Catholic priest and was given the name Charles. Crime Library|
|Ethnicity||Half-Sindi & Half-Vietnamese. Scroll.in|
|Food Habit||Non-Vegetarian India Today|
|Hobbies||Reading & Writing|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||• Chantal Desnoyers
• Chantal Compagnon
• A Madarasi woman & a Punjabi woman
• Jacqueline Kuster (German)
|Wedding Date||October 9, 2008.|
|Wife/Spouse||First wife: Chantal Compagnon
The Second Wife Nihita Biswas
|Children||SonPranck, born 1964. Chantal Desnoyers
Daughter(s)– Muriel Annouk (from Chantal Desiyers), Usha Andraj (from Chantal Compagnon)
|Parents||FatherSobhraj Haschard Bavani is an Indian tailor, moneylender and the owner of two tailoring stores.
MotherTran Loang Phun, also known as Song by some news outlets) is a bar hostess/shop assistant.
Adoptive/Step Father- Lieutenant Alphonse darreau, an officer in the French Indochina army
|Siblings||Half-Brother– André Darreau|
|Book(s)||‘The Will to Power’ by Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche|
Charles Sobhraj’s Lesser-Known Facts
- Charles Sobhraj is a French serial murderer, fraudster and thief who preyed upon the South Asia hippie movement in the 1970s. The Bikini Killer (or The Splitting Killer), and The Serpent are some of his nicknames.
- Born to an unmarried couple, Charles’ birth separated his parents. Charles was blamed by his mother. for her separation from Charles’ father. She married soon her French boyfriend Lieutenant Alphonse darreau. Charles was adopted by Darreau but her mother refused to give his name.
- Soon, after Charles’ half-siblings were born, Charles became out of focus for He was disowned by his parents and sent away to Poissy prison. He was then sent to Poissy Prison. His parents divorced him.
- When he was young, he was disobedient, delinquent and smart, while being charismatic and intelligent. Although he was absent at school all the time, he always returned to his home and caused trouble with the teachers. for school authorities. He was an adolescent Catholic who was then baptized and named Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj according to church records.
- He chose the name ‘Charles’ because he was a big fan of English actor and filmmaker Charles Spencer Chaplin (aka Charlie Chaplin) and took delight in mimicking him.
- Charles was able to access ships from Indochina while he lived in Marseilles (France). Charles traveled on them in order to find his biological father. He was even able sail two times out of Marseilles. He was found both times, and returned to port.
- As a teenager, he fell in love with Chantal Desnoyers. The couple soon became parents of a boy. Charles fell in love with Chantal Compagnon (a young Parisian girl from a conservative family) in 1969. To be with Compagnon, he broke with Desnoyers. Charles and Compagnon were married on the day Desnoyers had their second child. She was named Muriel Anouk.
- Charles Sobhraj was just 14 when he began to commit small crimes. Charles Sobhraj robbed a shopkeeper using his half-brother Andre as a first crime. for him.
- His first sentence in prison was served in 1963. for Burglary at Poissy prison, near Paris He manipulated prison officers to grant him favors like keeping his books in his cell, at Poissy prison. Around the same time, he met Felix d’Escogne, a prison volunteer. Charles became close to Felix, and went with him to Paris to help him transition to the high-society life. Charles lived in two lives: one among high society people and another with Parisian criminals.
- Charles made the proposal to Compagnon that he marry him. He was then arrested for car theft. Charles and Compagnon got married eight months after he was released. Sobhraj fled France with his wife because he was afraid of French authorities. Compagnon, however, was still pregnant. Both of them faked their documents and stole travelers on the Eastern European route.
- They fled their home in London to Bombay where they adopted Usha Sobhraj. Charles was ready to begin a new chapter in his life. for He was not able to divorce his wife and daughter. However, he continued on the criminal path and became involved with smuggling and car theft. Charles and his wife fled Kabul in 1971 to start making new contacts. for gun smuggling. Then he fled to Rawalpindi in Pakistan where he was believed to have stole a car and drugged the driver to his death. There are approximately this He reportedly owned a Bangkok curio shop, where he lured his victims to rob them and drugged them to death.
- After an unsuccessful attempt to rob a jewellery store in Hotel Ashoka, Delhi, he was taken into custody. He was sent to Tihar in Delhi after being imprisoned. After spending two weeks in jail, he was freed after convincing himself of appendicitis. this.
- He then began robbing the travelers on the hippie trail between Europe and Eastern Asia. After fleeing to Kabul, the man was taken into custody and held at an Afghan jail. He then fled with his family. He did not bring his family with him and instead left them behind in Kabul. Compagnon, his wife was outraged at the illegal acts and pledged never to meet him again. Charles’ next two years were spent running away from authorities, traveling to Eastern Europe and the Middle East using stolen passports.
- Andre was his brother and he and he were then able to rob in Turkey and Greece. After an identity-switch scam went wrong, Andre was taken into custody in Athens. Andre is now serving an 18 year sentence.
- In 1975 in Kashmir, India, Charles Sobhraj met Marie-Andrée Leclerc, a French-Canadian woman who came to India to find adventure. Charles was her guide through India. Charles moved to Thailand in the following years and began his career as a gem and drug seller and dealer. He also created the plan for his criminal family. Charles lured Marie-Andree into joining him in Thailand. Marie fell in love with Charles and was his first victim.
- He devised a new scam to gain more supporters. for They trusted him as their hero. His den was an apartment building called Kanit House, Bangkok, Thailand. He lured them to it. He would then steal from the tourists he had made his disciples.
- He helped Yannick and Jaques (French policemen) to recover their passports that he had stolen. Dominique Renelleau is another of his victims. Dominique recalls becoming sick from consuming a Marie potion. Charles was able to cure Dominique of dysentery.
- Charles was also joined by AjayChowdhury who, while an Indian fellow criminal, became his first-in command.
- Charles and his associates are known to have killed more than twenty people, although only twelve of these victims were reported. The murders may have been motivated by Charles’ fear that his victims would expose him, according to investigators. Charles claims, however that Charles committed the murders after he had taken an accidental dose of drug.
- On December 18, 1975, Henk Bintanja and Cornelia Hemker’s bodies were identified. The same day, Charles and Marie-Andrée entered Nepal using Hemker and Bintaja’s passports. They used their passports to travel to Thailand after killing Laurent, Connie and others in Nepal. The couple had to flee once more as their accomplices (Yannick Jacques, Rennelleau, and Rennelleau), discovered the documents of Pattaya victims and reported them to police.
- Charles, along with Leclerc and Ajay, fled to Calcutta, India, where he murdered Avoni Jacob, and using Avoni’s passport, Sobhraj first went to Singapore, then to India, and returned to Bangkok in 1976. Sobhraj was interrogated upon his arrival. for The Pattaya killings. Authorities feared it might affect Thailand’s tourism and Sobhraj escaped prosecution. His then-wife Angela Kane and Herman Knippenberg, Dutch diplomats from the Netherlands, began investigating the murders in Pattaya and started building a case against Sobhraj. Knippenberg, Kane and a month of investigation found all evidence for Charles’ murder and drugging.
- The trio of Charles, Ajay and Marie went to Malaysia after Bangkok to find gems. Charles sent Ajay to collect the gemstones. Ajay’s remains never were found. Ajay was later reported to have been seen in West Germany by a source. It is said that Ajay was murdered by Charles to continue their (Charles and Marie’s) journey to Geneva as gem dealers.
- Marie and Sobhraj arrived in Bombay after a while. Charles was looking to create another criminal family. Mary Ellen Eather and Barbara Smith joined Charles.
- Charles Sobhraj and his three-women band drugged French students postgraduating in July 1976 to rob them of a Delhi hotel. Charles became suspicious and three of his students saw the other students become unconscious. Charles and the gang were overpowered by them and they reported him to police. Smith and Eather both confessed to everything and were interrogated. They were all sent to Tihar Jail at Delhi.
- Smith and Eather had tried to kill their lives in prison two years before they were brought to trial. Marie was sentenced at twelve years prison for Students were drugged and Charles was there to assist in Jean-Luc Solomon’s murder. Marie was sent home from Canada in 1983 after being diagnosed with ovarian carcinoma. She died there in 1984.
- Charles Sobhraj’s trial was quite an exhibit, as Charles hired and fired lawyers at will, brought Andre (his paroled brother) to assist him, and went on hunger strike. Charles was convicted in the killing of Jean-Luc Solomon (the two Indian victims he murdered) and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
- He was able to enjoy a luxurious prison life that included a TV, a bed, and delicious food. for himself. Marie, female lawyers and visitors reported that he was involved in sexual activity with them. Charles was reported to have hidden gems within his body during his entry into prison. Charles bribed prison guards and made friends with inmates, selling his interviews to Western journalists and writers.
- Charles sold the story to a Hong Kong businessman who then sold it on to Random House. Random House sent husband & wife Richard Neville and Julie Clarke to interview Charles. According to Clarke, Charles’ emissaries who arranged the interview in prison were constantly keeping an eye on them. He spoke about the murders in one of his interviews.
It was pure if I had ever been a victim of murder or ordered the killing of someone else. for reasons of business, just a job, like a general in the army”
- Thai issued a 20 year arrest warrant after Charles was convicted of the crime in India for Charles. His Thai arrest warrant was active at the time of Charles’s release from India jail sentence. This is how to tackle thisHe threw an enormous party for March 1986: Prison guards and inmates. Charles drank the food and then walked out from the prison. A few months later, Inspector Madhukar Zende of Mumbai Police arrested him at O Coqueiro restaurant. Sources claim that Zende came out of Charles’ house and grabbed Charles’ arm.
Hello Charles, how are you?”
Charles was right to expect that his sentence would be extended to ten year imprisonment.
- Charles was 52 when, on February 17 1997, he was freed from prison. Many of the charges, evidence and witnesses against Charles had been lost by the time he was released. Charles was not wanted by any other country, so Indian authorities returned him to France.
- He returned to France and lived a life as a celebrity, employing a publicist to charge Parisians. for Photographs and interviews. According to reports, he cost US$15 million ($20 million for 2020). for The rights to make movies about his life.
- Charles eventually returned to Nepal after a while, and he was planning to open a mineral water company in Kathmandu. Charles was seen by The Himalayan Times journalist at Kathmandu’s casino on September 1, 2003. The journalist tracked Charles for two weeks and published photographs of him in The Himalayan Times. The reports were read by the Nepal Police who raided the Casino and arrested Sobhraj, who was playing there. Sobhraj was charged with double murder in 1975. He spoke out about his arrest and arrival in interview and stated that he was arrested.
This is a massive miscarriage. To make a documentary, I traveled to Nepal. I find the Nepali judicial system archaic, inexcusable and unfair. Under my true name, I brought my passport with me to this country. It proves my innocence. Charles Sobhraj is the only one who would travel like that. Police have no evidence. They can’t prove I have been to Nepal before. I am innocent.”
- K.C. The Deputy Superintendent for Police Ganesh Who was responsible? for Charles’ arrest and had the frightening encounter of Sobhraj’s murder as a 10-year old said,
Charles Sobhraj drugged, killed, and partially burned 26-year-old Canadian Laurent Carrière and 29-year-old American Connie Bronzich in 1975. I was near Kathmandu Airport. Morning fog was dense. It was silent as a grave. Suddenly I saw the police gathered around a body – the naked, burned corpse of a young white woman. Except for the fact that it was charcoaled, for The head. That’s how police identified the victim as Connie Bronzich. When I joined the force, I told my wife and children that one day I would arrest Charles Sobhraj.”
- He was sentenced to life imprisonment on August 20, 2004 for murdering Bronzich and Carrière by the Kathmandu District Court. Sobhraj claimed he was not tried and appealed the sentence. His lawyers later announced that Chantal Compagnon, his wife, was bringing a case against France before the European Court of Human Rights for She did not assist her husband. In 2005, the Patan Court of Appeals confirmed Sobhraj’s conviction by the Kathmandu District Court. In late 2007, Sobhraj’s lawyer reportedly pleaded with the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy to intervene with Nepal.
- In 2008, Charles announced that he had become engaged to Nihita biswas. Nihita was the daughter Shakuntala Thapa who, as a translator, met Charles through Charles. Charles was alleged to have married Nihita at the Bada Dashami, October 9, 2008. Next day, however, Nepalese authorities denied the allegations, stating that the tika ceremony was a part Bada Dashmi.
- Initially, Charles appealed to the Supreme Court of Nepal against the judgement of the district court. However, this was postponed by the Supreme Court of Nepal. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court on July 10, 2010. Charles was sentenced with a one-year term in prison and an additional Rs. 2000 fine. 2000 for Illegal entry into Nepal and seizing all of his property
- Nihita Biswas often stated that Charles has never been convicted. for Tagging Charles as serial killer. When the Supreme Court of Nepal confirmed Charle’s verdict, both the mother (Nihita’s mother) and daughter claimed that the judiciary was corrupt. Both of them were taken to court custody and charged. for Contempt of Court
- The Bhaktapur district court convicted him again in September 2014. for the murder of Canadian tourist Laurent Carrière. Charles was in poor health in Nepali prison as of April 20, 211.
- Charles enjoys reading and writing. Charles spent his prison time reading and making sure that books were available to him. Tihar Jail was in Delhi and he had even a library. for himself.
- He studied psychology. It is said that he could control people because he used to read books on Psychology; he controlled people by methods used by the French philosopher and psychologist René Le Senne. Growing up, he read the book ‘The Will to Power’ by Friedrich Nietzsche, which made him understand humans and his victims. When investigators raided his apartment in Thai, they found the book ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ by Friedrich Nietzsche in his belongings.
- Charles was a passionate martial artist and can do Karate. He often uses it to defend himself when he is in prison.
- Charles Sobhraj has been well-known for He was a good friend with both women inside and out. He was in Delhi jail flirting with Sneh Sengar, his lawyer. At the same time, he was courting several women simultaneously, including a Madrasi woman, to whom he had sent a proposal for marriage. One time he was engaged to Jacqueline Kuster who was a German prisoner on drug charges. Another time he fell for Charles when she read his book.
- Sobhraj also has a reputation. for His provocative selection of lawyers. Sobhraj’s case was once fought by Siamese-born French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who is known for He defends war criminals such as Nazi Klaus Barbie and terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Isabelle Coutant-Peyne has him as a client.
- When he was imprisoned in Nepal, an assassin broke into the jail to kill Charles’ prison inmate on orders of a bigwig. According to reports, Charles and the assassin met before the attack, and they had plotted their assassination together.
- Many writers have written books on Charles and his crime; Serpentine (1979) by Thomas Thompson; The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj (1980) by Richard Neville and Julie Clarke, reissued as ‘On the Trail of the Serpent’; The Bikini Murders by Noel Barber in the Reader’s Digest collection ‘Great Cases of Interpol’ (1982).
- In 1983, Marie published a book titled ‘Je Reviens,’ where she claimed that she was a victim and another pawn on the hands of Charles Sobhraj. Charles claimed she had never been in love with her. Huguette Laprise (La Presse journalist), who traveled Asia to search for Charles. for Charles’ story and was sympathetic towards Marie initially, concluded in her reports,
It is impossible to live in an apartment. You will never see people chained up in your apartment. After so many years of experience, I have to tell you that this girl had a very very sad, abominable destiny.”
- In 1989, ‘The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj’ (1980) by Richard Neville and Julie Clarke was adapted for an Australian TV film ‘Shadow of the Cobra.’
- In 2008, the British writer Farrukh Dhondy published ‘The Bikini Murders,’ a work of fiction with its main lead resembling Charles Sobhraj. Farrukh revealed that he had once been associated with Sobhraj who was (Sobhraj’s) friend with Masood Azhar, the founder of Islamic terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM). Farrukh claims that he was once associated with Sobhraj, who (Sobhraj) was friends with Masood Azhar (the founder of the Islamic terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Sobhraj saved Masood, who was being beaten to pulp by goons while he was in Tihar jail. Masood became dependent on Sobhraj. In 2000, when the Indian Airlines aircraft with 400 passengers on board was hijacked to Kandahar by militants who demanded Masood’s release in lieu of the hostages’ lives, Sobhraj offered to help India.”
Sobhraj was disappointed by the lead’s (in the book) resemblance to him and threatened to sue Dhondy. Farrukh replied to Sobhraj by saying,
Sobhraj’s threat is an attempt at blackmail and extortion.”
- In 2015, ‘Main Aur Charles,’ a Bollywood crime film was released. The film’s basis was Charles’ escape from Tihar jail in Delhi. The starring cast was Randeep Hooda (as Charles), Richa Chadda, Adil Hussain, Tisca Chopra, and Alexx O’Nell.
- Charles Sobhraj suffered from a severe heart condition in 2018 and had to be operated on several times. He also received open-heart operations.
- In January 2023, ‘The Serpent,’ a British miniseries on the crimes of Charles Sobhraj, was released on BBC One and later on Netflix. The series stars Tahar Rahim (as Charles) and Jenna Coleman (as Marie-Andrée Leclerc) in the lead roles.
- He had a pet monkey named Coco at his Bangkok apartment.
- The O Coqueiro Goa restaurant inaugurated Charles Sobhraj’s statue. It can be found just 10 feet away from his 1986 capture.