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French serial killer
Born: April 6, 1944 (age 77 years), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Spouse: Nihita Biswas (m. 2008)
Victims: At least 12 murders
Span of crimes: 1963–1976
Children: Usha Sobhraj
Parents: Tran Loang Phun, Sobhraj Hatchard Bavani
Siblings: André Darreau
Nick Name: Bikini Killer
Birthday: April 6, 1944
Age: 77 Years, 77 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Hatchand Bhaonani Gurumukh Charles Sobhraj
Born Country: Vietnam
Born In: Ho Chi Minh City
Notorious As: Serial Killer
Serial Killers French Men
Height: 1.73 M
Spouse/Ex-: Nihita Biswas (M. 2008), Late Chantal
Father: Sobhraj Hatchard Bavani
Mother: Tran Loang Phun
Children: Usha Sobhraj
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Sobhraj retired to a comfortable life in suburban Paris.
He hired a publicity agent and charged large sums of money for interviews and photographs.
He is said to have charged over US$15 million (equivalent to $20 million in 2019) for the rights to a movie based on his life.
Sobhraj returned to Nepal, one of the few countries where he could still be arrested and where he was still eagerly sought by authorities.
According to The Himalayan Times, Sobhraj had returned to Kathmandu to set up a mineral water business.
His return is thought to be the result of his yearning for attention and overconfidence in his own intellect.
On 1 September 2003 Sobhraj was spotted by a journalist for The Himalayan Times in a casino in Kathmandu.
The journalist followed him for two weeks and wrote a news report in The Himalayan Times with photographs.
The Nepal police saw the report, raided the casino and arrested a blissfully unaware Sobhraj, who was still gambling there.
The Nepal police reopened the double murder case from 1975 and got Sobhraj sentenced to life imprisonment by the Kathmandu district court on 20 August 2004 for the murders of Bronzich and Carrière.
Most of the photocopy evidence used against him in this case had been gathered by Knippenberg, the Dutch diplomat, and Interpol.
Sobhraj appealed against the conviction, claiming that he had been sentenced without trial.
His lawyer announced that Chantal Compagnon, Sobhraj’s wife in France, was filing a case before the European Court of Human Rights against the French government for refusing to provide him with any assistance.
Sobhraj’s conviction was confirmed by the Patan Court of Appeals in 2005.
As of April 2021, he still remains in a Nepalese jail aged 77 and in poor health.
Sobhraj was born in Saigon.
As a teenager, he began to commit petty crimes and received his first jail sentence for burglary in 1963, serving time at Poissy prison near Paris.
After being paroled, Sobhraj moved in with d’Escogne and spent his time moving between the high society of Paris and the criminal underworld.
Sobhraj, along with a pregnant Compagnon, left France in 1970 for Asia to escape arrest.
In 1973, Sobhraj was arrested and imprisoned after an unsuccessful armed robbery attempt on a jewelry store at Hotel Ashoka.
Sobhraj spent the next two years on the run, using as many as ten stolen passports.
On the run, Sobhraj financed his lifestyle by posing as either a gem salesman or drug dealer to impress and befriend tourists, whom he defrauded.
Sobhraj gathered followers by gaining their loyalty; a typical scam was to help his target out of difficult situations.
Sobhraj and Chowdhury committed their first known murders in 1975.
In July 1976 in New Delhi, Sobhraj, joined by his three-woman criminal clan, tricked a tour group of French post-graduate students into accepting them as tour guides.
He became a free man on February 17, 1997.
Having no warrant, evidence or even witnesses against him, the Indian government let him go back to France.