Historic Sickos that Could Have their Own Terrifying Netflix Series
Historic Sickos that Could Have their Own Terrifying Netflix Series

Historic Sickos that Could Have their Own Terrifying Netflix Series

Khalid Elhassan - September 30, 2022

Historic Sickos that Could Have their Own Terrifying Netflix Series
Charles Sobhraj and his girlfriend. Fruit Loops

Hippies Who Befriended This Dude Were in for a Scary Surprise

Charles Sobhraj’s girlfriend eventually left him and returned to France. He carried on with a variety of criminal schemes. One of them, in which partnered with his partner, backfired and left his sibling locked up behind bars to serve an eighteen year sentence in a Turkish prison. From then on, Sobhraj’s crimes grew steadily darker, and he began to pile up the bodies of murder victims all along the Hippie Trail. It is believed that he murdered at least twenty Western tourists, but the actual body count is thought by many to be significantly higher.

In 1976, Charles Sobhraj was finally undone when he tried to drug a group of French tourists in India. Fortunately for them, he miscalculated the dosage. His victims became violently ill, but were still conscious enough to realize what Sobhraj had tried to do. They managed to overpower and seize him, until police arrived. Thai authorities sought his extradition for a murder committed there – which likely would have earned him a death sentence. However, Indian authorities decided to try him for lesser crimes committed on Indian soil, first. Found guilty of a variety of offenses, Sobhraj was imprisoned, but he escaped in 1986 after he drugged his guards.

Historic Sickos that Could Have their Own Terrifying Netflix Series
Charles Sobhraj in Indian custody. The India Times

The End of the Road for the Hippie Trail Stalker

Charles Sobhraj was recaptured a month after he escaped. That led many to speculate that the escape had been a deliberate attempt to get extra jail time for escape tacked on to his sentence. With the extra jail time, Sobhraj remained in an Indian prison until 1997, after the 20 years statute of limitations for his crimes in Thailand had expired. Thus, he could no longer be extradited to face a potential death penalty in Thailand. While behind bars, Sobhraj managed to keep himself in the public eye and maintain his celebrity status. While imprisoned in India, he charged a bundle for interviews with journalists, and an even bigger bundle to sell his Indian movie rights.

Historic Sickos that Could Have their Own Terrifying Netflix Series
Charles Sobhraj in Nepalese custody. Radio France Internationale

India had no “Son of Sam” laws to prevent criminals from profiting from the celebrity that arose from their crimes, so Sobhraj presumably managed to keep those earnings. After his release from prison in 1997, he returned to Paris. There, he enjoyed a celebrity lifestyle, and reportedly sold his international movie rights for U$ 15 million. His freedom did not last long, however: he unwisely travelled to Nepal in 2003. When the authorities learned of his presence on their soil, they arrested him for a 1975 double murder committed in Nepal. He was convicted, and received a life sentence. As of the fall of 2022, an elderly Charles Sobhraj was still locked up in a Nepalese prison.


Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

BBC – Story of Boy Jones Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Underwear

Bondeson, Jan – Queen Victoria’s Stalker: The Strange Story of the Boy Jones (2012)

Carlo, Philip – The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez (1996)

Crime and Investigation – Charles Sobhraj: The Serpent

Crime Museum – Green River Killer: River of Death

Encyclopedia Britannica – Gary Ridgway

Haboush, Kim JaHyun (Editor, Translator) – The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth Century Korea (2013)

Historian’s Hut – Liu Pengli, the Serial Killer King of the Han Dynasty

History Collection – Henry VIII Made Insanity a Punishable Crime So He Could Execute This In-Law

Linedecker, Clifford L. – Prison Groupies: The Shocking True Story of the Women Who Love America’s Deadliest Criminals (1993)

Kidd, Paul B. – Australia’s Serial Killers (2011)

Listverse – Top 10 Serial Killers Who Had Even Creepier Admirers

Mad Monarchs – Sado of Korea

Murderpedia – Charles Sobhraj

Philbin, Tom and Michael – The Killer Book of Serial Killers: Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia From the World of Serial Killers (2009)

Ranker – Terrifying Facts About John Lynch, the Worst Serial Killer in Australian History

Saldana, Theresa – Beyond Survival (1986)

Sima Qian – Records of the Grand Historian

Supreme Court of California – Tarasoff v. Regents of University of California, 551 P.2d 334 (Cal. 1976)

Thought Catalog – 9 of the Most Chilling Stories From the Creepiest Stalkers in History

Thought Co – Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer

Timeline – This Teen Stalker Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties and Lived in Buckingham Palace Chimneys For a Year

Tru TV Crime Library – The Night Stalker: Serial Killer Richard Ramirez