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Paul John Knowles used to be a spree killer who murdered greater than 15 folks throughout 5 states earlier than a GBI agent fatally shot him all over a reported break out strive.
Knowles, a Florida local referred to as the Casanova Killer for his just right appears to be like and fascinating demeanor, first entered jail as a teen. In 1974 he used to be launched from jail and was hoping to marry a girl he had corresponded with whilst incarcerated named Angela Covic. Covic made up our minds to name the marriage off after a psychic warned her of a “very dangerous man.”
After the rejection, Knowles went again to Florida, the place he used to be arrested for his involvement in a bar struggle. He escaped jail in July of 1974. On July 26, a 65-year-old Jacksonville lady named Alice Curtis was his first sufferer.
Knowles in Macon
Knowles is tied to no less than 18 murders however in recordings launched after his loss of life, he boasts of killing greater than 30 folks. Law enforcement officers in Florida mentioned he favored to brighten his crimes for surprise worth and imagine a few of the ones confessions have been lies. Others aren’t so positive.
As quoted in a 1998 Telegraph article, retired GBI agent Ronnie Angel mentioned “if you told me he killed a 100, I could believe that.”
Knowles’ recordings did assist remedy an attack and homicide case in Macon from Aug. fifteenth, 1974.
Early that morning, a person with a .38 caliber pistol broke right into a west Macon house dressed in a stocking over his face. He demanded cash and tried to rape the girl who lived there. In the scuffle, the person fired his gun and threatened to hurt the ladies’s niece. A 2d struggle started, and the person shot the girl within the abdomen.
Her 13-year-old son controlled to name for assist after the person left.
Former Middle Georgia district legal professional Fred Hasty informed the Telegraph in March of 1975 that the tapes Knowles gave to his legal professional Sheldon Yavitz allowed Hasty to tie the west Macon house invasion to Knowles.
Warner Robins homicide hooked up to Knowles
Investigators hooked up Knowles with the skeletal stays of a tender lady present in a wooded house off Ga. 96 in Warner Robins in April of 1976. Ima Jean Sanders, a 13-year-old woman, is assumed to be a sufferer of Knowles.
Sanders is assumed to be the hitchhiker that Knowles claimed in his tapes he took close to Macon, consistent with government. The tapes and comparable transcripts have been ruined within the flood of 1994. But the GBI used to be in a position to retrieve a letter that summarized the crime and allowed them to tie it to Sanders in 2011.
“When I began my career with the GBI in 1981, the crimes of Paul John Knowles and the manner in which he died was legendary within the agency,” GBI agent Gary Rothwell informed the Telegraph in 2011. “I by no means suspected I’d be curious about resolving one among his unsolved murders such a lot of years later.
Casanova Killer serial murders finish
Knowles killed others in Middle Georgia and around the state in 1974, together with Carswell Carr, 45, who used to be stabbed with a couple of scissors, his 15-year-old daughter Mandy, used to be strangled to loss of life of their house in Milledgeville.
Crawford County local Kathy Pierce, 24, used to be any other of Knowles’ suspected sufferers. So have been Edward Hilliard and Debbie Griffin killed close to Milledgeville. Authorities by no means recovered Griffin’s frame.
The Casanova Killer used to be ultimately captured at a roadblock close to McDonough on Nov. 17 in a while after killing Florida State Trooper Charles Eugene Campbell and a businessman named James Meyer in Pulaski County after abducting them in Perry, Florida.
The subsequent day, Knowles used to be to be despatched again to a Florida jail when he made a play for an officer’s gun in an try to break out after selecting his handcuffs with a paper clip however used to be shot and killed via GBI agent Ronnie Angel close to Douglas, Georgia.
Who: John Paul Knowles: The Casanova Killer who won his identify for his just right appears to be like and fascinating demeanor. Often in comparison to Ted Bundy.
Where: He killed 18 folks throughout greater than 5 states together with Georgia, Florida, Texas, Nevada and Alabama. He claimed he killed upwards of 30 folks. Including a couple of folks in Middle Georgia
When: The killings came about from July to November of 1974 earlier than finishing in a failed break out from a police automobile on Nov. 18, 1974.
Podcasts, Books and TV presentations:
- Serial Killers from Parcast Presents (Season 5)
- Crime Binge (Episode 9)
- Killer (Case 14)
- All Killa, No Filla (Episode 49)
- True Crime Guys (Episode 33)
- Serial Killers (Casanova Killer section 1 and a couple of)
- The Casanova Killer: The Life of Serial Killer Paul John Knowles
- The FBI Files Special- Dangerous Pursuit