“Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi” is the new truecrime that Netflix users are consuming like hot cakes. The story centers on Chandrakant Jha, a man who was capable of murdering a close friend or stranger over trivial discrepancies, such as smoking or not being a vegetarian.
In three short episodes, the series tells details of how and why this serial killer managed to get away with it for a long time, despite the fact that the bodies of the victims were appearing all over the city and there were witnesses to the events. It is truly amazing that a man could act with such impunity when he had already been charged with murder.
However, despite the excellent material and testimonies that were presented during the trial, the way the story is told leaves many gaps or confuses the viewer. At a certain point, Chandrakant can be interpreted as being on parole. Therefore, we are going to answer the essential questions that this production left.
Who is Chandrakant Jha?
Chandrakant Jha was born in an undetermined month in 1967. He is currently 55 years old. He is originally from one of the poorest places in India: Madhepura district in Bihar. In 1986, at the age of 19, he immigrated to Delhi, like thousands of his compatriots, in search of economic opportunity.
Chandrakant’s life was very complicated in Bihar, since he shared with five brothers and the parents did not have money to support them all. Many times he went to bed without eating or slept in the streets. It is known that he began to commit crimes at an early age, stealing food or from establishments that sold radios and televisions.
According to the production, his mother was a troublesome and authoritarian person who continually reprimanded him. As a child, he suffered physical and psychological abuse.
One of the reasons this psychopath was off the police radar for so long was because many of his victims were migrants from Bihar, very poor people, whom he knew and were invisible to the authorities or society.
Since the police cared so little about them, once he hurt a colleague, the families of the deceased felt threatened and decided not to talk to the authorities out of fear. However, in 1998 he had an altercation over money with the head of the vendor association he worked with, Mangal Sain Pandit. He was arrested and then acquitted in 2002 for lack of evidence.
Eluding the authorities emboldened him and he left prison with a thirst for revenge. Although it is suspected that there were many more, he is known as the author of the deaths of Shekar and Umesh in 2003; Guddu in 2005, Anil Mandal, 25, in October 2006, Upender, 19, in April 2007, and Dalip a month later. The list is longer but the bodies were not identified.
How did you get rid of the bodies?
Chandrakant Jha knew how to use knives to cut vegetables and food. Once he killed a person, by hanging, shooting or stabbing, he would dismember the bodies and throw the parts in different places. Regularly streams, rivers and dumps.
When he began to challenge the police, he decided to leave some of the body parts near places frequented by the authorities, such as a penitentiary, where he was detained. He even threw some limbs in temples and in the entrance of a courthouse.
Most of Chandrakant’s victims were young, poor immigrants who had trouble finding work. He acted like a “father.” He gave them shelter and then punished. It is presumed that he is a pattern, repeating childhood traumas.
The psychopath spoke of “unjustifiable sins” during interviews with the police. For example, if the people he took in drank alcohol, smoked, ate meat, cheated on wives, or told “lies,” they were bound, stabbed, and then dismembered.
Where is he right now?
Chandrakant was arrested on May 20, 2007. He confessed to the police that he had killed 7 people. The last three he had dismembered and left parts at the gates of the prison where he was detained. As he explained, he did it because he was upset about his arrest in 1998. The authorities were able to verify that those parts were from two victims: Anil and Dalip.
He was convicted of three counts of murder in connection with the Anil, Upender and Dalip cases in 2013. He received two sentences of death and life in prison, respectively. Although he acknowledged being the author of 7 murders, he was only tried for three due to the absence of bodies or convincing evidence.
The serial killer has an above-average intellect and got the sentences commuted by a higher court. So today he is serving a single life sentence in the Tihar prison complex in Delhi. He applied for parole in January 2022 and was denied a month later. However, it is unlikely that he will give up on his goal.