Herman Knippenberg still alive? Where does the snake hero live now?

Herman Knippenberg is the humble but ultimate hero of BBC One’s hit drama The Serpent, but is he still alive?

The real Dutch diplomat helped hunt down Conman and serial killer Charles Sobhraj in the 1970s.

Where does he live today? Here’s everything you need to know about the real hero actor Billy Howle plays on the BBC series.

Who is Herman Knippenberg in The Serpent?

Herman Knippenberg is a Dutch diplomat in The Serpent who is ultimately a key figure in the effective hunt down of the elusive criminal Charles Sobhraj.


Billy Howle as Herman Knippenberg (Image credit: BBC)

He works for the Dutch embassy in Bangkok and in 1976 investigated the disappearance of two Dutch travelers, Henk Bintanja and Cornelia Hemker.

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Herman is portrayed as a diplomat turned detective when he soon discovers that the travelers are not only dead – they were murdered.

However, their charred bodies had been mistakenly identified as two missing Australian backpackers.

Herman Knippenberg still alive?

Herman Knippenberg is still alive and is 76 years old.

He recently spoke to The telegraph about his experiences with Charles Sobhraj.

He says he understands the public’s interest in the killer and cheater. And he also compared the attraction to that of Charles Manson.

Billy howls as Hermann Knippenberg
Herman emerges as the hero of the series (Credit: BBC)

Herman told the newspaper, “There’s something poignant and disturbing about the hippies’ innocent, hopeful vision of the world, and what happens when it meets an overly cynical, selfish vision? [bleeped] Character hunting for it. “

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In fact, the retired diplomat spoke to actor Billy as he was preparing for the role.

Billy told that Radio times: “When I spoke to Herman it was incredibly insightful … not only [for] The story, but his perception of the story and the events that took place, are so far removed from my own life experience that it was not immediately understandable. “

Where is Herman Knippenberg today?

Herman is retired and now lives in Wellington, New Zealand. This is the location of his last diplomatic post.

He lives with his second wife Vanessa. He told The Telegraph that he was now enjoying a peaceful life with walks in the country, movies, and reading.

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Herman Knippenberg was one of the first to realize how dangerous the snake was (Photo credit: BBC One)

How can I see the Serpent?

The queue airs on BBC One on Sundays at 9 p.m.

In addition, every episode of the series can be streamed on BBC iPlayer.

The queue airs on BBC One on Sundays at 9 p.m. The entire series can be viewed on the iPlayer.

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