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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If You Really Love Me by Ann Rule
I purchased audio,
I am a huge podcast listener. I love true crime. I am also an avid audio book listener. Well one day I had credits to burn, and no books were really hitting my interest. Then I scrolled and BOOM this book!! I have heard this story told on a podcast I love…HELLO Morbid is the Bees Knees if you are a podcast fan!!
So this book is not the full story from what I have been told. It’s a shorter version but it hits all the highlights. Essentially all you need to know is David is an awful man who manipulates all the women in his life. He is a POS and don’t feel sorry for him. I al so wanna say I get he groomed his wife’s sister AKA his NEXT WIFE but I don’t feel as bad for her but am glad she opened her eyes to him.
Cinnamon is the biggest victim in the whole med. This is a 14 year old girl who took the fall for her father because “If you really love me” you will do this for me…ya know kill my wife/your step mom.
The whole story is sad and tragic but Ann did a great job narrating it for the listener. Ann takes us through the murder, trial and subsequent changes to the story for all the players involved.
Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.
She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis Clinic, giving her a unique distinction among true crime writers.
Rule won two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans’ organization. She was nominated three times for the Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. She is highly regarded for creating the true crime genre as it exists today.
Ann Rule also wrote under the name Andy Stack . Her daughter is Goodreads author Leslie Rule.