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The problem, then as now, was to sift fact from fiction. In the end, Dhondy fictionalised all the information he had collected into a novel, The Bikini Murders. So, what was Sobhraj like? Was he really a serial killer? There is a lot of interest in that period. No one else mattered. The magazine GQ published an in-depth piece on Sobhraj, written by Andrew Anthony who interviewed the master criminal, first in Paris, after his release from Tihar in and then in prison in Kathmandu in Some estimates number his victims as high as Young idealists, trusting backpackers and hash-smoking stoners were looking to get lost, and Sobhraj made sure some of them were never found.
He killed them by first drugging their drinks and then stabbing or choking them. Sometimes he would complete the murder by setting the body on fire — in more than one case, investigators found that the victim was not dead when he or she was set alight. And such was the richly implausible nature of his exploits that Sobhraj generated his own impressive literary testaments. The book was published in
He hails from a mixed background; as his father was an Indian and Mother was a Vietnamese. Later his mother sent him to a French boarding school. He started doing criminal activities when he was only 19 years old. His income source was Drug dealing and Gem selling.
The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj
However, Sobhraj continued to move back and forth between Indochina and France with the family. As a teenager, he began to commit petty crimes and received his first jail sentence for burglary in , serving time at Poissy prison near Paris. He began accumulating riches through a series of burglaries and scams. During this time, Sobhraj met and began a passionate relationship with Chantal Compagnon, a young Parisian woman from a conservative family. Sobhraj proposed marriage to Compagnon, but was arrested later the same day for attempting to evade police while driving a stolen vehicle.
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