Great Escapes: Master Crook Pulls Fast One

Master Crook Pulls Fast One

"It will be one of those lazy tropical afternoons when interest in the case has waned, and the flies buzz and the guards doze in the heat, that Charles Sobhraj will make his move." That prediction, made in 1979 in a best-selling book, The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj, became reality last week. During an impromptu "birthday party" with his jailers at the Tihar Central Jail in New Delhi, Sobhraj plied seven officials and guards with drugged sweets, tied them up, then sped away in a waiting car with six fellow inmates.

Sobhraj, 42, is known across two continents as...

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