Paul John Knowles: The Casanova Killer
Following the double homicide of Carswell Carr and his daughter in
While he never made the acquaintance of Sandy Fawkes, he did have an encounter with Paul John Knowles. When Knowles was arrested and brought to the Milledgeville Police Department for processing (fingerprinting, photos, etc.), I asked him his occupation and he replied Thief. So I asked him, when he wasn't stealing what did he do, and he replied, Musician. While I was booking him, he made the statement to me, I am going to build my mother a house before they kill me.
What Josey clearly remembers some thirty years later is the impression Knowles made on him that day. Knowles had the coldest eyes. He could see right through you. He had no qualms about killing.
He apparently had no qualms about dying, either, or about playing games with peoples lives. When he grabbed State Trooper Charles E. Campbell and businessman James E. Meyer as hostages and then was captured alone, he refused to give up their whereabouts. Josey recalled that as well. I carried Colonel Beech, Commander of the Florida Highway Patrol, to Knowles jail cell in the Bibb County Court House for the Colonel to ask Knowles where his trooper was, so he could give him a Christian burial and Knowles smiled sarcastically and said, You know I can't tell you that. That was hard to witness. If you could have seen the anguish on the Colonel's face, it was heartbreaking. They were soon to learn that Knowles had executed these men and left them in the woods.
Josey also assisted the producers for New Dominion Pictures as they made a television movie about the case called Dangerous Pursuit and spent several days filming it in the Millidgeville area. The producers had contacted Josey for his impressions and he offered whatever assistance he could.
Knowles definitely left an impression on people who came into contact with him. Sandy Fawkes book has been reissued in England and anyone else who knew the cold-blooded killer still thinks about him this many years later.