Indian media have been reporting that Charles Sobhraj, convicted serial killer, currently doing 20 years in Kathmandu Jail, has been visited by an alleged British lawyer, a ‘blonde bombshell’, as the Indian broadsheets claim, who runs a website called Sobhraj Services and has claimed to be making moves that might free one of the world’s most notorious killers from jail.
The alleged lawyer who goes by the name of Elizabeth Stubbs, apparently also advised Sobhraj’s fiancee Nihita Biswas to give up on her jailed partner and accept two years of education in the UK, apparently paid by Stubbs. Unfortunately, the website of Sobhraj Services adds nothing more to the saga of ‘The Serpent’, who allegedly killed scores of backpackers across Asia.
Sobhraj, so The Times of India report, lives in fear for his life, and was recently visited by a shady contract killer who is now said to be doing five years behind bars himself. Whatever the truth, the news story appears to fall firmly into the celebrity gossip bracket of journalism, evidence of the ongoing fascination of newspaper editors with psychopaths and serial killers. Perhaps Rupert Murdoch, currently in the doldrums for hubris and and vartious criminal acts that put Sobhraj to shame, will soon visit Kathmandu Jail’s most famous inmate to get a little bit more gossip mileage out of the celebrity criminal.
With all this commotion going on, I decided to repost my story on Sobhraj. I interviewed the now 67 year old alleged murderer prior to his conviction in Kathmandu in 2003. Here is the full story and an update on that feature.