Charles Sobhraj (born 6 April 1944), is a French thief, fraudster and serial killer of Vietnamese and Indian origin who preyed on Western tourists, mainly beatniks, throughout The Hippie Trail of Southeast Asia during the 1970s. He was nicknamed The Splitting Killer and The Serpent, due to his skill at deception and evasion, as well as the Bikini Killer due to the attire of his victims. Sobhraj allegedly committed at least a dozen murders, and was convicted and jailed in India from 1976 to 1997. After his release, he retired as a celebrity in Paris. He returned to Nepal and was arrested. He was tried there and received a sentence of life imprisonment.Sobhraj is widely believed to be a psychopath. He had an unnatural hate for hippies, and many of his murders reflected this. He was described as very attractive, and did not refrain from using this to his advantage in his criminal career. This, as well as his cunning and cultured personality, made him a celebrity long before his release from prison. He enjoyed the attention, charging large amounts of money for interviews and film rights. He has been the subject of four books and three documentaries and a Bollywood movie called Main Aur Charles. Sobhrajs return to Nepal, where he was still eagerly sought by authorities, is believed to be the result of his yearning for attention and overconfidence in his own intellect.