French killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP French killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP
French killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP
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The Serpent: the crimes of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who murdered backpackers on Asia’s ‘hippie trail’

  • The BBC-Netflix crime drama stars Tahar Rahim as Vietnam-born French killer Charles Sobhraj
  • In the 1970s, he was responsible for the deaths of up to 24 people

French killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP French killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP
French killer Charles Sobhraj (centre) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: AFP
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Stephen McCarty

Stephen McCarty

After 20-odd years spent peddling and polishing words in Hong Kong, Stephen McCarty now resides in Britain, from where he scribbles, daydreams and laments the state of the world.