True Crime: Charles Sobhraj

Through the Eyes of The Serpent

The first podcast I ever tuned in to was Serial, which to be honest, is easily one of the best podcasts out there. Now into its third season, Serial set a benchmark has spurred a podcast revolution especially when it comes to True Crime as a genre.

My fascination with this however stems from some fantastic films and tv in Zodiac, Se7en, Hannibal, Bates Motel, True Detective and a more recent shift to True Crime with Making a Murderer, The Jinx, Mindhunter, The Keepers, When They See Us, American Crime Story.

To kickstart the segment we’ll be exploring the life of Charles Sobhraj – Crime and Investigation have put it together rather succinctly.

“Variously described as ‘Asia’s premier serial killer’, ‘The Serpent’ and ‘The Bikini Killer’, Charles Sobhraj was an infamous con artist, drug dealer, jewel thief and cold-blooded murderer. Through the 1960s and 1970s, he wove his guileful and lethal web of deceit and crime, evading authorities from numerous countries.

Skilled at befriending people, his victims were usually vulnerable Western tourists in Southeast Asia. In and out of prison, he led a life of risk, manipulation and conspiracy that eventually made him a media celebrity. Never convicted for all his crimes, Sobhraj is estimated by some to have committed over 20 murders, whilst others put this number at 32.

Rearrested in 2004, he is currently serving a life imprisonment sentence in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a double murder in 1975.”

UPDATE: The Serpent is streaming on Netflix


Crime & Investigation

On True Crime | The Guardian

Sobhraj – Or How to be Friends with a Serial Killer  *Sound Clips have been sourced from here*

What Makes a Serial Killer? 

On True Crime | New York Times

The Serpent | New Zealand Listener

The Bikini Killer

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