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A look at Paul Rowles' background and criminal past

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Paul Rowles is reported to be a suspect in the disappearance and possible murder of Tiffany Sessions. Fl. Dept. of Corrections photo Paul Rowles is reported to be a suspect in the disappearance and possible murder of Tiffany Sessions. Fl. Dept. of Corrections photo

Paul Rowles, who is deceased and a reported suspect in the 1989 disappearance and possible murder of Tiffany Sessions, has a violent criminal record.

Information from the TiffanySessions.com website details events in Rowles' life and what appears to be evidence linking Rowles to the disappearance of Sessions and other crimes.

Rowles was born in 1948. At the age of 8, the website says Rowles choked a cat to death. At age 12, he developed rape fantasies involving women. His father beat him unconscious on several occasions. Rowles also broke into several apartments to steal victim's underwear and occasionally wore bras and women's underwear, according to the site.

Rowles married Linda Schaeffer in 1970 when he was 20-years old. While he was married to Schaeffer, the website says Rowles confessed to the 1972 murder of Linda Ida, a woman who lived in his apartment complex.

In March of 1973, Schaeffer divorced Rowles. Side-by-side photographs document Tiffany Sessions' resemblance to Rowles' first wife, Linda Schaeffer (see slide show).

In March of 1976, Rowles was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Linda Ida. He was paroled and moved to Pinellas County in December of 1985.

In April of 1988, Rowles moved to Gainesville, according to the TiffanySessions.com website. Tiffany Sessions, age 20, was reported missing on Feb. 9, 1989. Her body was never located. On March 15, 1992, Elizabeth Foster (see slide show) was reported missing. Her body was found 11 days later in Gainesville. In 2013, detectives used DNA evidence to link Rowles to Foster's murder. Rowles was never charged with her murder, according to a report on TheTallahasseeNews.com.

In May of 1992, Rowles moved to Jacksonville. In January of 1994, Rowles kidnapped a Clearwater girl. He later confessed to the kidnapping and sexual assault of the girl.

Photos on the TiffanySessions.com website show what appears to be evidence collected in the case against Rowles. A photograph shows Rowles' address book, which documented information about his victims (see slide show). Included in the address book is a handwritten notation that says "#2 2/9/89" which is the day Tiffany Sessions disappeared.

The Florida Department of Corrections website chronicles Rowles' criminal history

In March of 1976, Rowles was sentenced to serve life in prison for first degree murder. The murder happened in March of 1972 in Miami-Dade County. Rowles was released from prison in December of 1985, according to Florida Dept. of Corrections records.

In July of 1994, Rowles was sentenced to 91 months in prison for a crime that occurred in January of 1994 in Duvall County. He was convicted of two counts of sexual battery, one count of lewd and lascivious indecent assault on a child, and forced sexual battery.

In June of 1995, Rowles was sentenced to 10 months in prison for a crime that occurred in January of 1994 in Pinellas County. He was found guilty of armed burglary.

In February of 2013, Florida Dept. of Corrections records show that Rowles was "out of custody," which is presumably the day he died at age 64.

Rowles is listed on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offender website.


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