He persuaded two teenagers —one his daughter, Cinnamon Brown, and his sister-in-law and secret lover, Patti Bailey — to kill his wife, Linda. David, a computer businessman, collected $835,000 from the victim's insurance, including several policies, started just months before her death.
Prosecutors said Brown coerced his daughter, Cinnamon, to take the blame for the murder of Linda. Cinnamon was 14 years old when she confessed to shooting Linda Brown.
In 1988, Cinnamon cooperated with investigators after becoming fed up with her father's luxurious lifestyle while she was imprisoned. She spent seven years in a California Youth Authority detention facility before being paroled.
Patti Bailey pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy and was sentenced to the California Youth Authority, where she remained until her 25th birthday.
Brown was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1990 for his part in the murder of his wife, Linda Bailey Brown.
He also pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to have Jeoff Robinson, Jay Newell, and Patty Bailey murdered. Five lesser charges were dismissed. Brown was given six years to run concurrent with his life sentence.
The case inspired the four-hour 1991 NBC miniseries, "Love, Lies, and Murder."
There are two books on the case:
Ann Rule's "If You Really Love Me" and
"A Killing in the Family" by Stephen Singular, Tim Hill, and Danielle Hill.
Linda Marie Bailey Brown
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