Paul John Knowles: The Casanova Killer
Encounter with Fate
Fawkes is both amusing and unkind in her description of their sexual experiences, indicating that Knowles could not perform, at least not without self-stimulation, although he seemed to be able to laugh about it. Fawkes sensed that he wanted to be liked, and while she thought him strange (attributing this to her ignorance about Americans), he seemed to be good company, so she stayed with him and allowed him to drive her to several places where she needed to go. He even persuaded her to allow him to drive her all the way to
Despite a slight uneasiness, during their time together, she joked about what kind of killer he must be. She was aware of such people as Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler; Charles Manson, who had inspired a gang of disciples to kill only five years earlier; Dean Corll, who had more recently been murdered by one of his accomplices after the deaths of more than twenty-seven men; and Juan Corona, who had been convicted of killing twenty-five men in 1971 and burying them on two ranches near Yuba City, California. These had been chilling, headline-grabbing crimes, occurring often enough for people to be concerned. While Fawkes teased her young escort, who called himself Lester Daryl Golden, she also observed odd things about him.
For example, on two occasions when she arose while he still slept, she saw his lips curled back in the expression of an animal at bay. That scared her. In
At one point he asked her if she had ever written a book and asked if she might write one about him. The idea seemed absurd to her, but at times she humored him to try to learn why he thought he was a worthy subject. He told her that he did not have long to live, because he would soon be killed for something he had done. Within a year, he said, I will be dead. She had no idea whether to believe him, but he told her that he had given some tapes to his attorney in
Golden also told Fawkes that he believed firmly in fate and that there were marks on his body that affirmed that he would die young. He apparently believed astrology and tarot cards. Fawkes tried repeatedly to get him to say what hed done, but he refused. At one point, she caught him tearing a story from the local newspaper about the Carr double homicide and its possible connection with three other area murders. He dismissed her questions by saying he had friends who lived where the incidents happened. It did not stop her from making jokes about him bumping her off - jokes she would later regret.