Paul John Knowles
|The Cassanova Killer, Lester Daryl Gates, Daryl Golden||18; Claimed 35||Male||Caucasian||USA||Nomadic||Sexual, Criminal Enterprise||1946/04/17 (Orlando, Florida, USA)||1974/12/18 (Shot while trying to escape)|
|Killing Time||Sandy Fawkes||Amazon|
|Natural Born Killer: In Love and on the Road with a Serial Killer||Sandy Fawkes||Amazon|
Paul John Knowles was born on April 17, 1946 in Florida. His father gave Knowles up to live in foster homes and reformatories.
Knowles began his life of crime with petty theft and was in prison by the time he was 19. He was released from prison and began his murder series. Knowles was arrested again in 1974, but escaped from prison when he picked a lock.
It is believed that Knowles began his murder series in 1974, after his escape from prison. The majority of his victims were strangled to death, but some were also shot. Knowles would murder both men and women. The main goal for many of these murders was theft. Many of the bodies of his victims have never been found.
On November 21, 1974 Knowles was arrested for the murders of 18 people. On his way to the police station Knowles picked the lock on his handcuffs and grabbed the officer’s gun. During the struggle, Investigation Agent Ronnie Angel shot Knowles’ three times, killing him. Although Knowles was arrested for the murders of 18 people, it is believed that he was involved in over 35 murders.
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Remains that were discovered in April 1976 have been recently identified as belonging to Ima Jean Sanders, a 13-year-old girl who disappeared in Warner Robins, Georgia on August 1, 1974. Investigators say they are “reasonably confident” she was a victim of Paul John Knowles. Knowles killed at least 18 people…Continue reading...
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Paul John Knowles was arrested for murdering eighteen people, but is thought to have been involved in the murders of thirty-five people. Knowles was shot by police before being tried for the crimes. We currently have information on all of his known victims and two of his suspected murders. Alice…Continue reading...