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A Prison Encounter With Charles Sobhraj, Asia’s Most Infamous Serial Killer: CriMemoir by Tom Vater

This is my first-person account of interviewing serial killer Charles Sobhraj in prison in Kathmandu in 2003. Indian parents tell their children that Charles Sobhraj will come and eat them if they are naughty. That’s what crossed my mind as I walked with Canadian photographer and documentary film maker Steve Sandford through the gate of […]

From the Archives: Seven Years out of Tibet – The Reappearance of an Old Feature

I just found a seven year old feature of mine called Seven Years out of Tibet, the story of Tibetan refugees stranded in Nepal, published by Asiatimes Online in January 2004.  For this story, we visited the Tibetan Buddhist shrine at Bodhnath and interviewed monks who had walked from Tibet to Nepal to find themselves […]

Serial Killer Charles Sobhraj loses Appeal in Nepal´s Supreme Court

Charles Sobhraj, one of the world’s most notorious serial killer celebrities, also known as The Serpent and The Bikini Killer, is said to have murdered a string of back packers and tourists in South and Southeast Asia in the 1970s. In 2003, Charles Sobhraj was arrested in Kathmandu, Nepal,  for a 1975 murder. In 2004, […]

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