Paul John Knowles: The Casanova Killer
In 1974, Angela Covic, from
Such encounters are not unusual. Many women write to inmates, and the inmates usually underplay what they have done and overplay what they can become, if only they are given a chance. Knowles apparently told Covic (according to her interview) that he was in prison over a drug transaction, although he was actually serving three years for burglary. He flattered her, calling her his angel, and she felt as if she might be his rescuer. She apparently consulted a psychic, who urged her to try to get legal assistance to get him out of prison. (This psychic apparently wasnt very skillful, since she failed to foresee just how much damage he would cause in a very short span of time.) Covic did exactly as she was told, and in May 1974, Knowles was free. By that time, they had become engaged after one meeting at the prison, so he went right to
- They want to believe they can change someone bad.
- They feel a strong need to nurture.
- They acquire the perfect boyfriend,: They know where he is at all times, they feel that someone loves them, they can avoid the day-to-day issues of most relationships, and they can keep the fantasy active for a long time.
- Some women have been abused, neglected or completely without a father figure, so they find an inmate to fill the void.
- Some women believe they cannot find a man, and because men in prison are desperately lonely, its an easy way to get involved.
- Some women like the idea of getting close to danger that will probably not hurt them.