The Casanova Killer

  • by Jack Smith
  • Narrated by John N. Gully
  • 1 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paul John Knowles, nicknamed the Casanova Killer, went on a four-month killing spree in 1974. He still remains one of the lesser known serial killers of his generation. Learn all about this psychopath who wanted fame before his life ended.
November 7, 1974
As she entered her home in Milledgeville, Georgia, all Ellen Carr probably had on her mind was going to bed. She was a registered nurse who worked a night shift, and although her small family welcomed the money, the job was a demanding one.
Inside, the house was unnaturally quiet. She found that odd. Her husband, 45-year-old businessman Carswell Carr, and 15-year-old daughter, Amanda, usually greeted her when she came home from the hospital.
That wasn't the only sign that something was seriously amiss. As an investigator later put it, "The [place] looked as if it had been attacked by an animal." Mirrors were smashed. Slashed furniture lay everywhere, some of it in pieces. Books from the bookshelves littered the floor.
Had they been robbed? Where were Carswell and Mandy? Heart pounding, Mrs. Carr ran from room to room, calling out. Minutes later, she was back outside, screaming hysterically. Neighbors called the police to what was obviously the scene of gruesome double homicide.
Carswell Carr's nude corpse was lying face down on the couple's bed, hands bound behind his back and 27 stab wounds, inflicted by scissors, all over his body. The medical examiner later determined that he had died of a heart attack, likely brought on by the torture. Down the hall, Amanda was also face down in her room, one nylon stocking tied tightly around her neck and another shoved down her throat. To compound the horror, she appeared to have been raped after death.

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A Deadly Romeo Indeed!


This guy SURE was an opportunist! Wow. I really couldn't help but laugh at his boldness in helping himself to whatever ordinary essentials he needed from his victims (besides money, credit cards)...like their car, clothes, jewelry, shaving kits, etc...because MOMENTS after the crime, he'd be sporting (and using/wearing) those things as if they were HIS, and "on the make" with the women at a local nearby bar! Hahahaaaa! How nuts is THAT? And being considered somewhat good looking, he had no trouble snaring them! Needless to say, he wasn't looking for a long term relationship...Lol.

I hadn't heard of this killer before, so this was fresh meat for me. I couldn't believe how nonchalant he was murder after murder after murder, as if it were no big deal and ho hum just another day of the week. Although this story was rather short in length, it was jam packed with all the crimes he committed - and there were LOTS. What a busy guy! Not kidding. Every few sentences it seemed like someone else was being killed. Yea, that many. I was quite surprised.

I often get these "little tidbit" versions when they are offered as a free kindle book - and check off the "add audible narration for $1.99" option. It's a great way to fill in that occasional credit gap at the end of the month ;-) This one was worth the few bux for sure. Glad I snagged it! I know I will be listening to it again. I also enjoyed this narrator a lot too.
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- Polly Poizendem

This really happened!

My Review
At around 1/12 hours in length this is obviously not an in-depth study of these horrendous murders, nor does it delve deeply into the possible causes of psychopathy. What is though is an almost detached rendering of the basic facts. Facts which are quite shocking to read or to listen to. I'm surprised that I had no prior knowledge of this killer who, despite his terrible acts of violence, somehow escaped the notoriety of other serial killers.
I mostly read crime fiction and, whilst listening to this I realised I had to change my listening mode, I had to stop allowing this information to merely flow through my head, bypassing the deeper thought processes, it dawned on me: this stuff is real! A human being actually did this to another human being! Once this thought sinks in, well, that's when it becomes a little harrowing, especially so when this man, this fellow member of the human race, committed these crimes for his own pleasure. Best not to attempt to understand why.
I like the way this book is written, it gives us the bare facts, dig deeper if you will.
Narrator
Narrated by John N. Gully, and what a darned good job he made of it too. He has a pleasant, easy to listen to and clear voice and related this account of the crimes of Paul John Knowles in exactly the right manner.
It would have been easy to spoil the narration by using a news reporter or advertising voiceover style, I'm so pleased he avoided this through his use of a professional and dignified approach
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- bec/audiothing "I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2015
  • Publisher: Kemah Bay Marketing LLC