If You Really Loved Me: A True Story of Desire and Murder
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  • If You Really Loved Me: A True Story of Desire and Murder

If You Really Loved Me: A True Story of Desire and Murder

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by Ann Rule
     
 

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There was only one way to please her father: Murder his wife....

David Brown was the consummate entrepreneur: a computer wizard and millionaire by age thirty-two. When his beautiful young wife was shot to death as she slept, Brown's fourteen-year-old daughter, Cinnamon, confessed to killing her stepmother. The California courts sentenced

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There was only one way to please her father: Murder his wife....

David Brown was the consummate entrepreneur: a computer wizard and millionaire by age thirty-two. When his beautiful young wife was shot to death as she slept, Brown's fourteen-year-old daughter, Cinnamon, confessed to killing her stepmother. The California courts sentenced her harshly: twenty-four years to life. But in the wake of Cinnamon's murder conviction, thanks in part to two determined lawmen, the twisted private world of David Brown himself unfolded with astonishing clarity -- revealing a trail of perverse love, twisted secrets, and evil mind games. A complex and often dangerous investigation suggested a horrifying scenario: Was the seemingly bland David Brown really a stone-cold killer who convinced his own daughter to prove her love by killing for him? A man who turned young women into his own personal slaves, who collected nearly $1 million in insurance money, and married his dead wife's teenage sister, David Brown was a sociopath who would stop at nothing...a deadly charmer who almost got away with everything.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A story of crime and punishment...bizarre enough to rivet anyone's attention."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"Bone chilling. A truly staggering case."
-- The Washington Post

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rule, who scored a great success with Small Sacrifices , has triumphed again with this story of a millionaire computer expert seen as archetypal sociopath. In 1985 Southern Californian David Brown arranged, with the connivance of his 17-year-old sister-in-law, Patti, to have his daughter by his first marriage, 14-year-old Cinnamon, shoot and kill his 23-year-old wife, Linda. Apprehended, Cinnamon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 27-year term, keeping silent about the roles of her father, aged 32, and Patti in the murder. Eventually, however, she did implicate the pair, now-married, and they were arrested. From his jail cell Brown plotted the murders of Patti, the investigator and prosecutor on the case, but the convicts he enlisted to carry out his scheme betrayed him, bringing further charges. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Patti was placed in the custody of the California Youth Authority. In this vivid account, a monster to whom every other human being was a ``throwaway person'' is masterfully potrayed. Photos not seen by PW. 150,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; author tour. (May)
Library Journal
Best-selling true crime author Rule ( Small Sacrifices , NAL, 1987) tells the story of computer businessman David Brown, a ``complete sociopath'' who manipulated his 14-year-old daughter, Cinnamon, into murdering his 23-year-old wife in Orange County, California in 1985. Brown collected some $800,000 in insurance money and married his wife's 17-year-old sister while Cinnamon went to the reformatory. Despite her ``confession,'' prosecuting investigator Jay Newell felt uneasy about Cinnamon's alleged vague and trivial motives. He continued to pursue the case and in 1990 Brown was convicted of masterminding his wife's murder. This lengthy account is generally engrossing, and it is recommended for public libraries.-- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671769208
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
04/01/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
199,770
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1935
Place of Birth:
Lowell, Michigan
Education:
Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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If You Really Loved Me: A True Story of Desire and Murder 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Avalis More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in part based on the high ratings.   Big mistake.  The book is unbearably long, Rule goes into the minutest detail over everything, with over 500 pages.  The crime wasn't so noteworthy that it merits such a long and protracted treatment.  Skip this book.  If you want to read an Ann Rule book that is above average, read Small Sacrifices or the Stranger Beside Me.  Not this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann never goes wrong. Gray read!
coalminersdaughter More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. I read the back of the book and the name Cinnamon struck a chord in my memory. I remembered something in the news years ago about a young girl named Cinnamon and decided to read the book. This is a heart wrenching book about a man who cares only about himself. To think of a man who could let his own daughter take all of the blame for a crime he was involved in and allow her to be sentenced to prison at such a young age is despicable. Thanks to the two detectives who never gave up on Cinnamon her father's true self was revealed.
Pattyeb More than 1 year ago
This is one of Ann Rule's best books and I have read many of them. She really gets into the personalty of the people she writes about and knows how to tell the story of their crimes. She really understood what made David tick and was able to get that across to her readers. I love all of Ann's books!
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tabasco_cat More than 1 year ago
I watched the Lifetime movie about this story before reading the book, and I just HAD to know more. I couldn't believe what I saw in that movie, and when I was at the bookstore, I bought the book. Ann Rule tells everything; her research on all the people involved is tremendous--she told the story and all the background SO well. All the details of everyone's past are there, and Rule really gets the reader to feel emotion for the people connected to this crime. No one could make up the events in this story if they tried. I cried when I read the trial part--I felt so sorry for poor Cinnamon Brown and all she went through. I highly recommend!
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xMissMelaniex More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book more than 10 years ago, but in reviewing books I've read, I remember it well. It's amazing the way the human mind can be bent in the name of "love" and the depths of depravity some minds have wound their way down to.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. This is the very first book I have read of Ann Rule. A friend of mine loves her books and sent me this one. Now I need to readf the other books. I have read other crime books as well. My husband always wonders why I read these crime book. I think I want to be a cop someday,that's why. It's also sick to think a father would betray his own daughter and get away with a crime like this,even marrying teenagers while he's an adult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I say this book was verry dissapointing to me because it was about my family some what of it is ture and some is not. I read alot of Ann Rules books and I love them all. some one had recomended me this book not knowing what it was about I got it and started to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really well written. Ann Rule decribes everything in such detail that you often have to check over your shoulder and see,if someone is watching you. I couldn't believe how one man could destroy so many lives and break up many families with his lies, selfishness, greed, money and more lies. The book is extremely well written but the people involved suffered many years of abuse and many ,many yearsof pain. My hearts go out to the victims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books i would tell myself I was going to read for ten minutes then put it down and do something else. Instead i found myself reading for hours on end. This riveting case leaves you wondering how anyone can be so corupt and manipulative. This was by far the best book I have read in a long time and I will be buying more of Ann Rule's books soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book ive ever read fully,i laughed i cried i was scared and happy....ive never thought that a book could bring so much emotion to me,my heart goes out to miss cinnamon :(. Awesome book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 17 year old who was born in the house next door to the Brown's. Cinnamon was my babysitter when i was really little. My parents witnessed the arrest by the SWAT team and almost every cop car imagined. As the story was told to me by my parents has little confliction with the amazing story retold in words by Ann Rule. She did a wonderful job and it amazes me how small this world really is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome.I could not put it down. I read this book because the crime happened about a mile from my house and now im hooked on Ann Rule books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 1998, and have reread it cover to cover 6 times. I really appreciate Ms. Rule's update on the principles of this incredible story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book. Even better, Ann Rule has written an Afterword 2002, which brings us up-to-date on what has happened to the principals in the case. As a true crime fan, I must say I've read most of Ann Rule's books and find this to be one of her best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to set it down. Incredible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FIRST SAW THIS STORY AS A MOVIE ON LIFETIME... I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WAS ACTUALLY A TRUE STORY... HOW COULD A MAN DO THS TO HIS OWN CHILD?? ANNE RULE REALLY CAPTURED THE STORY MUCH BETTER THAN THE T.V. MOVIE. WAY TO GO ANNE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, but I am left to wonder what happened to cinnamon? did she get out of prison in 1995? And did David stay in? How will I ever find out?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very great. Ann rule told it how it happend. She didn't even stretch the truth. I think she is the best crime story writer in the world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book. What a great story. Poor Linda, it seems she's still in that house. (picture of her in the window). I would like to see what Patti Baily is doing now, how her life has turned out. I hope David Brown stays alive in prison for a LONG time!!