Charles Sobrahj is accused of having committed twenty or even thirty murders in Asia between 1975 and 1976. The serial killer surrounded himself with his accomplices, Marie-Andrée Leclerc (his partner) and Ajay Chowdhury to attract his victims , manipulate them, drug them, steal them and then kill and / or burn them alive. To coax them, Charles Sobrahj (aka Alain Gautier) pretended to be a dealer in precious stones, but he mostly used his charm and sympathy. His relationship with Marie-Andrée Leclerc, or rather Monique Gautier, was his main asset.
What becomes of Dominique Renelleau?
In his nets, he managed to catch a certain Dominique Renelleau, a French tourist. He also drugged him, but decided to keep him near him instead of killing him: he then offered to host him while recovering his passport to make sure that he would not run away. Except that Dominique Renelleau began to have doubts about his “guardian angels” Alain and Monique: “They gave me an apartment for 3 months. I saw people come and go. I knew I had to go“, he explained during his testimony. The French tourist finally managed to escape from Bangkok, in particular thanks to Nadine and Rémi Gires, with whom he is still in contact today.
In the series The snake, we learn that Dominique Renelleau (played by Fabien Frankel) returned to France, but without knowing what was really happening. He is now 70 years old and enjoying his beautiful retirement in Sables-d’Olonne, his hometown, with his wife and children. He no longer wishes to talk about the Charles Sobrahj era and refuses any interview or photo: “No question of giving this pleasure to Charles Sobhraj! It would advertise him, and he loves it!“, he explained in the press.
On the other hand, he still has a trauma from this period: “It was very scary for him. He thought he was going to die, but he remains eternally grateful to the people who helped him escape Thailand. (…) His wife says that it still affects his morale. He still has nightmares about it when he thinks about the fact that he was almost a victim“, said relatives of Dominique to The Sun. He was indeed lucky unlike Teresa Ann Knowlton, Connie Joe Bronzich and the other victims of Charles Sobrajh (played by Tahar Rahim).
Any news from Nadine and Rémi?
Nadine and Rémi Gires, what has become of them? In the last episode of the miniseries The Serpent, which will surely not have season 2, we learn that they are now divorced and that they still live in Thailand. Nadine, played by Mathilde Warnier in the Netflix series, manages a seaside resort in the south of the country while her ex-husband “lives in the north and grows tropical fruits“. The ex-couple is obviously still marked by this terrible time.
Charles Sobrahj is imprisoned in Nepal and sentenced to life imprisonment. His ex-partner, Marie-Andrée Leclerc, played by Jenna Coleman, died in 1984 of ovarian cancer: she was allowed to leave prison to live in recent days in Quebec, her native country. For his part, Ajay Chowdhury never reappeared after his last meeting with Alain Gautier in a forest in Malaysia in 1976. Did he join the list of victims of the serial killer?