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

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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

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"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: 4/1/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 331,038
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann  Rule

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.

Biography

Ann Rule has always had an insatiable interest in why people do the things they do. From devouring true crime books when she was a girl to pursuing a career in law enforcement as a Seattle policewoman, to achieving blockbuster success as a true crime author, Rule has dedicated her life to uncovering the dark motivations inside the minds of the criminals who live among us.

The majority of Rule's books have hit the New York Times bestseller list, including six Crime Files series volumes: A Rage to Kill, In the Name of Love, the #1 bestseller A Fever in the Heart, You Belong to Me, A Rose for Her Grave, and The End of the Dream.

...And Never Let Her Go is her chilling account of the nationally renowned case of wife killer Thomas Capano; Bitter Harvest covers the case of Debora Green, a physician and mother driven to murder; the #1 bestseller If You Really Loved Me tells the true story of a millionaire's murderous alter ego; Everything She Ever Wanted is the story of a sociopathic Georgia socialite and her fatal attractions; Small Sacrifices is Rule's heartbreaking account of a woman who slaughtered her three young children. Perhaps her best-known and most compelling work, The Stranger Beside Me, is the fascinating tale of Rule's growing terror as she realized her friend and coworker, Ted Bundy, was a serial killer. Finally, the #1 New York Times bestseller Dead by Sunset tells the story of a charismatic killer and the women who loved him.

Generous and civic-minded when it comes to sharing her expertise and insights, Rule has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and often speaks to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Academy. She also served on the U.S. Justice Department task force that set up VI-CAP -- the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program now in use at the FBI to trace and apprehend serial killers.

Good To Know

Rule's early jobs included being a caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance and a police officer.

Rule's interest in criminology seems to run in the family: Her grandfather and an uncle were sheriffs, another uncle was a medical examiner, and her cousin was a district attorney.

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

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Sad example of how a father could manipulate his own daughter

    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.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    A Must read!

    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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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    couldn't put it down...

    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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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    Deep Depravity

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    The first book I have ever read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    A ture story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    unthinkable horror

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2005

    Great Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    WoW!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    I loved this book.

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    Shocking Neighbor

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    Great read x times over

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Book updated in 2002

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2003

    A Real Page Turner

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    INCREDIBLE

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    Great story, but it left me wondering?

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    Great Read!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Intensively Interested

    I have never in my live read a book to its end. However, so far I have read 4 of Anne Rules books. I just finished reading the 4th and I am looking for my 5th book. What I enjoy is the realism of the characters and the places the events took place. The photos included confirm the reality. I share the riveting events with my co-workers and my significant other. The ONLY time I actually sit down and relax is when I am INTO the book. Thank you Ms. Rule

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    My First Ann Rule Book

    This was the first Anne Rule book I purchased. It held my attention so well I have now read 5 more of her books. It's hard to believe there really are people out there that do this kind of terible things

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    EDGE OF YOUR SEAT READING

    THE MOST EDGE OF YOUR SEAT READING I HAVE EVER READ.WHEN THE SEARCH GOES ON FOR THE KILLER AND SHE IS IN THE DOG HOUSE.. ONE OF MOST INTENSE BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ

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