Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Paul John Knowles: The Casanova Killer

Clues

Mayhem, Carr home
Mayhem, Carr home

While a pair of scissors was found in the home, it was wiped clean, and it seemed that the offender had been careful to remove evidence and to wipe the place free of fingerprints.  When officers fanned out to ask around so they could devise a timeline of how and when either of the victims had crossed paths with their killer, it turned out that Carswell had been seen in a local gay bar talking with a young man.  They had left the place together the evening before the murders.

Mayhem inside Carr home
Mayhem inside Carr home

When Mrs. Carr was able to pull herself together, she managed to help the police to identify things missing from the home: most of her husband's clothing, and his briefcase, shaving kit, credit cards, keys, and papers.   Mandy's Mickey Mouse watch was missing from her room, along with a digital clock, which had been yanked violently from the wall.  Fawkes indicates that, given the amount of damage to the home, the police believed they were looking for a team of offenders.  But then a store clerk reported that a young man had purchased a tape recorder and blank tapes with Carr's stolen credit card.  He had been tall, with reddish hair and a mustache.

Newspaper page on killings
Newspaper page on killings

No one realized then that this incident was one of many that would soon be linked to the same offender, and that he was now dressing and posing as Carswell Carr.

Milledgeville Police Patch
Milledgeville Police Patch

 

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