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 t 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 nothinga deadly charmer who almost got away with everything.
If You Really Loved Me 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 de
This is a first rate offering from Ann Rule s golden era of the 1980s, in which she was a tremendously prolific b tremendously comprehensive and c showed tremendously discerning taste in subject matter The story Talented but erratic ne er do well David Brown lives in Southern California with three women his wife, his teen daughter and his wife s teen sister Using every tool in the sociopath s kit, he induces one to kill the other and take the blame so he can conduct a sick affair with the remain [...]
This is one of my favorite true crime books by Ann Rule even though it doesn t sound right to say favorite about a true life crime The crimes that were committed were so heinous and unbelievable that you wanted to believe it was a bad fiction murder story The story is so captivating I couldn t put the book down for long, I had to know of this murderous creature, I don t even want to call him a man He ruined so many lives and to all those involved, the dastardly deeds were all done in the name o [...]
Ann Rule s If You Really Loved Me is the sad, sick, twisted story of David Brown, who loved power, prestige and money so much that he was willing to manipulate his teenage daughter into killing his young wife, in order that he might collect insurance money on his dead wife, buy a nicer, larger home and conveniently marry HER younger sister his sister in law David Brown has got to be one of the most despicable individuals Ms Rule has ever written about not only did he instigate the murder of his [...]
I remember watching the Lifetime movie for this when I was a kid and becoming quite fascinated with Clancy Brown s voice At the time I didn t realize that the movie was based on a true story If You Really Loved Me by Ann Rule shows how David Brown was able to manipulate his 14 year old daughter Cinnamon and his wife s teenage sister Patti in a plot that would ultimately end in Linda Brown s death.I think what gets me most about true crime books is that you have to wonder sometimes how can people [...]
This is a terribly sad story of one man who was able to manipulate three vulnerable women I read this book years ago and could only come away from it feeling terribly sad about the havoc Brown was able to create and his total lack of remorse for any of the women involved While I hardly ever feel sympathy for people who take the life of other people, I find Cinnamon to be almost as much of a victim as her step mother.Ann Rule was one of my automatic reads when I spent time reading this genre of b [...]
One of Ann Rule s best The true story of David Brown, 36, a wealthy computer whiz and psychopath, who persuades his 16 year old sister in law, Patti whom he d started grooming for sex from the age of 11 and his 14 year old daughter, Cinnamon, to rid him of his 22 year old 5th wife, Linda, mother of baby Krystal Supposedly Linda was insisting that he get rid of the two teenagers, who d lived with them for several years actually Linda dead was worth a million dollars in insurance proceeds As juven [...]
David Brown loved child brides All six of his marriages were to emotionally weak and uneducated females Most of them were 15 years old when David began having sex with them No one seemed to think that odd David had married Brenda, his first wife, when both were 17 Both had dropped out of school a year before, and she was pregnant with Cinnamon when they married Number three and five, Linda they were married twice was only 23 when Cinnamon was 14, but both girls liked each other David was so much [...]
David Brown is one of the most sadistic evil characters I have ever read about As mentioned in the book he was worse than well known killers like Manson because he looked so normal yet wielded so much power The story begins simply enough Police are called to a house and discover a woman shot in her bedroom Her name is Linda Brown, she is married to David Brown They live with David s daughter Cinnamon, Linda s sister Patti, and their baby Linda and David s Krystal David was out at the time of the [...]
Read in French This I read so many years ago and it clinged to me for so long This was both a very accurate report and at the same time a world shaking thing Mr Brown is one of the most despicable atrocious book character I ve ever read about And the worst part He s absolutely, one hundred percent real.But the real power of this book is the empathy Ann Rule manages to convey toward Cinnamon she s a complex and wrecked human being, and no matter how awful what she s done is, you can just follow t [...]
One of the most heinous crimes I ve ever read about.
I always enjoyable to read books who s plots are anchored in the same area where I grew up It gives credence to the plot as it unfolds If You Really Loved Me is a chilling re inactment of the infamous Linda Brown Murder from the early 1980 s The author describes in detail the entire sordid crime, from its inception to its final conclusion Many of the landmarks that are depicted in the book are places I have personlly seen or visited, so it make the story that much interesting.Rule does a good [...]
millionare dad asks daughter to kill cinnamon obliges i do feel sorry for her as i do anyone who has such an awful dad but the poor, innocent cinnamon theme is a little overdone the story is very interesting and fascinating on many levels makes you ponder the fathers some people have.
This guy was the apex of narcissism Sad story, but true.
The beginning was good, but the trial portion towards the end became repetitive of what was already discussed A great true crime book.
I know I really liked reading this book.
Made me think you never truly know someone even if that person is your husband or long term lover
I really like Ann Rule books, and have read about a dozen of them This book really stayed with me It shows how a person you think loves you can have so much control over manipulating your emotions and making you do something so evil you don t even know what you did because you think you are doing love It s a crazy, satisfying book on emotional and psychological manipulation by a narcissistic and self centered person who only thinks of himself Highly recommended if you like true crime books Ann R [...]
The story is a sad tale of abuse, and the work on the case and how the detectives got through to the right verdict is told fairly well, but somehow the pacing seemed a bit off Possibly this is in part because I listened to an audiobook read by the author and while that can be cool, not everybody really does a good job of reading books aloud, and I m afraid Ann Rule isn t that good at it There was also some weird background music going in and out that I found annoying.I might have given it a 4 if [...]
A good book about a disturbed personality I liked the level of detail provided about all the individuals involved in the shocking crime that took place It was a faced paced read that is great for any true crime reader.
I m on a real Ann Rule kick This story wasn t as compelling as Small Sacrifices, but I was still intrigued throughout I feel the same about the quality of writing fine I m thinking I m ready for The Stranger Beside Me next
After few chapters I started each new one with the Law and Order sound effect in my mind If you ever read it, you ll get why This book can be filmed as Law and Order episode from beginning to the end It is well written and quite captivating despite having not such brilliant storyline.
Ann Rule s best book
Listening to Ann Rule read her books is like having your sweet grandmother read you a nice bedtime storybut it s about psychopaths.
This was such an amazing read and was mad when I had to put it down for things like work I highly recommend this book
Sick5 chapters from ending and won t finish He is a worthless psycho .
Very scattered writing Not Ann Rule s best work.
True CrimeI chose this rating because I thought the book was a little slow moving I truly love to read anything by Ann Rule I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre.
Creepily fascinating All of her books are.
My favorite true crime book, ever Read it than once Ms Rule just knew how to tell a story The case is fascinating, and so horrific David Brown is a true sociopath, narcissistic to the core Know that this book includes the abuse of a children, including sexual abuse It could trigger someone.