In the late 1970s, Dutchman Hermann Niebenberg played a critical role in tracking down notorious serial killer Charles Subrag, who had focused primarily on backpackers. The BBC has made a series about Sobhraj that can be watched on Netflix since Friday.
In the 1970s, Nippenberg worked as a diplomat at the Dutch embassy in the Thai capital, Bangkok, where he once faced the loss of two Dutch travelers.
It investigates and discovers that a short time ago, two people were violently killed near Bangkok. “Then I asked for the dental records of the missing Dutch, and then I organized the identification process for the remains at the police hospital,” says a retired Nippenberg. One day.
The man appeared to have strangled and the woman’s skull shattered. “Then, while they were still alive, they were poured with petrol and set on fire. They could see it because there was soot in the lungs.” Nippenberg continued his investigation because he suspected the killer had caused more casualties. He also single-handedly sought witnesses.
Subraj, an unnatural businessman born in Saigon to an Indian father and Vietnamese mother but raised in France, is said to have committed his first murder in Pakistan in the 1970s. At least 12 people are reported to have been killed in total. He often stole the identities of his victims and managed to evade or outrun the authorities for a long time, earning him the nickname “The Serpent”.
Billy Howell as Hermann Kneippenberg in The Serpent (Image: Netflix).
“My intuition said we’d have another class.”
In 1976, thanks to the Niebenberg investigation, he was arrested in India, where he eventually served 21 years in prison, having escaped once between them. After this, Nippenberg reported that the Supraj was seen in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
“My intuition told me we’re going to have a new class,” says the diplomat, who retired early. sincerely. “It’s just like tropical malaria, you’ll never get rid of it: It often breaks out again.”
Knippenberg collects all the information he previously collected about Sobhraj and sends it to the FBI and Interpol. In the end, the killer was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American tourist. Later, there is another life sentence for the murder of a Canadian.
Despite those convictions, Nippenberg now takes into account that one day Sobhraj will be released. “He wants to put people under the influence of his spell. They should be loyal to him. If they make their own plans and stand up to him, he will kill them. He has no sympathy. This guy will always be dangerous.”
Knippenberg’s role Serpent Played by Billy Howell. Taher Rahim assumes the role of Charles Subhraj.