Paul John Knowles an American serial killer known as The Casanova Killer. Knowles was convicted of killing twenty victims in 1974. His crimes ranged from petty theft, multiple escapes, kidnapping, abduction, rape and murder. He claimed to have killed thirty-five. He was raised in foster homes, reformatories and later served multiple prison sentences. He was released from prison in 1974, and within two months he was rearrested for stabbing a bartender. He escaped custody by picking the lock to his detention cell at a jail in Jacksonville, Florida. He was later captured, attempted escape again this time ending in three fatal shots issued by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Ronnie Angel.
Serial Killer Paul John Knowles (aka) Casanova Killer, Lester Daryl Gates, was active for 1 year in 1974, known to have ( 20 confirmed / 35 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Paul John Knowles was born on April 17th 1946 in Orlando, Florida. He was raised by foster homes then reformatories.
Paul John Knowles a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Paul John Knowles had an IQ of 129. He never married. He had no children.
Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison.
In 1974 (Age 27/28) Paul John Knowles started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to rob, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Paul John Knowles used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone recently released from prison, where he was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on November 21st 1974 (Age 28), sentenced to never sentenced killed while attempting escape at a jail in Jacksonville, Florida, US.
Paul John Knowles died on December 18th 1974 (Age 28), cause of death: ballistic trauma, shot three times in the chest by GBI Agent Ronnie Angel while attempting escape at in-custody transport from Jacksonville Jail to Henry County, Georgia.
Paul John Knowles has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Name:||Paul John Knowles|
|Nickname:||Casanova Killer, Lester Daryl Gates|
|Victims:||20 - 35|
|Years Active:||1974 - 1974|
|Ages Active:||27/28 - 27/28|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1946 - 1974|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♈ Aries |
Mar 20 - Apr 20
|Marital Status:||never married|
|Living With:||himself, alone recently released from prison|
|D.O.B.:||Apr 17, 1946|
|Birth Location:||Orlando, Florida|
|Raised By:||foster homes then reformatories|
|Arrested:||Nov 21, 1974 (Age 28)|
|Sentence:||never sentenced killed while attempting escape|
|Prison Location:||a jail in Jacksonville, Florida, US|
|Death Date:||Dec 18, 1974 (Age 28)|
|Cause of Death:||ballistic trauma, shot three times in the chest by GBI Agent Ronnie Angel while attempting escape|
|Death Location:||in-custody transport from Jacksonville Jail to Henry County, Georgia|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 5 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Paul John Knowles. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Apr 17 1946||Paul John Knowles was born in Orlando, Florida. #19460417|
|Paul John Knowles started his serial killing spree. #1974|
|Nov 21 1974|
|Paul John Knowles arrested. #19741121|
|Dec 18 1974|
|Paul John Knowlesdied.cause of death:ballistic trauma, shot three times in the chest by GBI Agent Ronnie Angel while attempting escapeat in-custody transport from Jacksonville Jail to Henry County, Georgia. #19741218|
|Paul John Knowles ended his serial killing spree. #1974|
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|living with children||FALSE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|ate part of body||FALSE||451|
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Paul John Knowles (April 17, 1946 – December 18, 1974), also known as The Casanova Killer, was an American serial killer tied to the deaths of 20 people in 1974, though he claimed to have taken 35 lives.
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