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Natural Born Killer by Sandy Fawkes
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Feb 10, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, own, non-fic, true-crime
Recommended to Lisa by: Is Allen
Read on February 09, 2010

A slightly misleading by-line - at no point is Fawkes ever in love, that much is extremely clear - but an interesting book nonetheless.

It's 1974 and Sandy Fawkes, a British journalist, is in America chasing down interviews. Approached by a handsome young man in a bar, she soon falls into bed with him (with disappointing results) and agrees to have him drive her to her next assignment, an arrangement that ends up with Fawkes not quite managing to shake him off for the rest of the week. Shortly after managing to say goodbye she is contacted by the police, as her companion for the journey is a wanted killer...

Taking in her journey across America with Paul John Knowles (known to Sandy as Daryl Golden) and the days following, leading up to Knowles' arrest and brief incarceration, at times Fawkes' account of her journey has definitely been coloured with the benefit of hindsight, and Fawkes herself isn't without flaws (her attitude once she realises what a big story she's caught inside of I felt was a little mercenary), but she is also honest enough not to try and paint a nicer picture of herself. Having been in a very unique position, Fawkes is able to give us a closer glimpse of the man than would have been gained by any working in law enforcement, complete with some extremely chilling details (noticing the odd assortment of things in the trunk of his car, and the watch he gives her as a present to name a couple).

The afterword presents us with the authors attitude to her work and to Knowles with the benefit of even more years between them and it's interesting to see how her attitude has changed, in particular towards Knowles.

An interesting addition to my true crime library.

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