Jenna Coleman’s portrayal of Marie-Andrée Leclerc captures the tense temper of The Serpent, the true-crime restricted collection about serial killer Charles Sobhraj’s (Tahar Rahim) homicide spree. Although dressing in luxurious garments and superficially embracing the freewheeling ’70s spirit, Leclerc, or Monique, seems anxious throughout her travels with Sobhraj, who pretends to be gem vendor Alain Gautier. So what occurred to Leclerc? As The Serpent reveals us, she was arrested in 1976 and ultimately died in 1984.
Born in Canada in 1945, Leclerc had been working as a medical secretary earlier than she met Sobhraj on a visit to India. Leclerc accompanied Sobhraj as he traveled by way of the Hippie Path in Southeast Asia within the ’70s. He’s linked to 12 murders, however investigators imagine he could have had extra victims. As depicted in The Serpent, Sobhraj would drug his victims, taking their passports, possessions, and cash. We do not understand how a lot Leclerc assisted within the murders – she denied having any data about them. Nevertheless, she was accused of drugging victims and utilizing their stolen passports. Many believed she probably knew in regards to the killings regardless of her denial.
The police arrested each Sobhraj and Leclerc in India in July 1976 after a gaggle of drugged French college students grew to become severely unwell. Leclerc was acquitted for the homicide of Jean-Luc Solomon however convicted for that of Avoni Jacob in 1980. (Each have been killed throughout Leclerc and Sobhraj’s travels by way of Asia.) She appealed and was launched underneath the situation that she stayed in India.
In 1983, Leclerc acquired a analysis of ovarian most cancers. The Indian authorities despatched her again house to Quebec, Canada. She was to report back to the Indian Excessive Fee in Ottawa and was imagined to proceed the trial in India ought to her well being enhance. However whereas nonetheless dwelling in Canada, Leclerc died at age 38 on April 20, 1984. Earlier than her dying, she wrote the e book Je Reviens (I Will Return).
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