1986: David Arnold Brown was one of the first entrepreneurs to capitalize on data retrieval from computers. He also had a dark side.
He coerced his 14-year-old daughter Cinnamon into killing his fifth wife Linda for $ 830,000 in insurance money.
And then he gave his daughter an overdose of drugs. She survived, but was convicted of murdering her stepmother.
After spending years in custody, Cinnamon finally came clean and told District Attorney’s investigator Jay Newell the almost-unbelievable story that her Dad masterminded the murder.
Some people were astonished to learn that David Arnold Brown had taken up with Linda’s younger sister – starting when she was 17 — and had fathered a child with her.
He was convicted in 1990 of first-degree murder and is still in custody. This amazing story of the Svengali-like father who convinced his 14-year-old daughter to commit murder for him spawned a made-for-television movie and two true-crime books.
Pictured above: Cinnamon Brown gives a tearful testimony as she is questioned by the prosecutor. 1984 Register File Photo by Ana Venegas. At right: David Arnold Brown during bail hearing.