PUBLISHED: 20:49, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 21:29, Mon, Jan 11, 2021
Tahar Rahim portrays convicted French serial killer, robber and fraudster, Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim) in The Serpent. In episode six, viewers learn more about Sobhraj's background, including his first wife, Juliette. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
At the end of episode five of The Serpent, Charles, who is going by the name Alain Gautier, proposed to his accomplice, Monique, real name Marie Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman).
However, in episode six viewers learn in a flashback scene, Charles has been married before, to a French woman called Juilette.
Unfortunately, it is not known if Juilette actually existed in real life, however, it is possible Juilette is based on Charles' first wife, Chantal Compagnon.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Charles and Chantal met in the late 1960s. Paris-born Chantal, who was 24-years-old at the time and came from a conservative family.
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The Serpent: In The Serpent, Charles Sobhraj's first wife is called Juliette (Image: bbc)
The Serpent: Charles Sobhraj's first wife was called Chantal Compagnon (Image: GETTY)
After a brief period of dating, Charles proposed to Chantal but on the same day, he was arrested for attempting to evade police while driving a stolen vehicle and later sentenced to eight months in prison.
Chantal and Charles stayed together during his incarceration and wed upon his release.
In 1970, the couple left France to Asia and travelled through Eastern Europe on fake documents before arriving in Mumbai.
In Mumbai, Chantal gave birth to their baby daughter, Usha.
As seen in The Serpent In 1973, Charles was arrested and imprisoned after robbing the jewellery store at Hotel Ashoka in New Delhi.
The Serpent: Tahar Rahim plays Charles Sobhraj in The Serpent (Image: BBC)Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He was able to escape by faking an illness but was recaptured by the police.
After borrowing money from his father to meet bail, Chantal and Charles fled to Kabul and began to rob tourists along the Hippie Trail.
They were caught once again and just as before, Charles was able to escape by faking an illness.
While Charles fled to Iran, his wife Chantal returned to France and vowed never to see him again but the pair still remained married.
However, in 2003, Chantal attempted to help Charles appeal against his double-murder conviction.
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