If You Really Loved Me by Ann Rule

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As they disentangled lies from truth, they found that Linda Brown had lived in a world of perverse love and dark secrets, hidden behind a blandly normal facade. They unearthed proof of greed, lust and unimaginable mind games, and at length their investigation resulted in arrests. In gripping courtroom testimony, the terrible truth behind Linda Brown's murder finally emerged.

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Ann Rule was born on October 22, 1935 in Lowell, Michigan. She was surrounded by family following careers in law enforcement. Her grandfather and uncle were sheriffs in Michigan, another uncle was a medical examiner and a cousin was a prosecutor. She spent her summers with her grandparents doing volunteer work in the local jail. She eventually graduated from Coatesville High School then attended the University of Washington. She majored in creative writing, along with minors in criminology, penology and psychology. She extended her education for two more years at High Line Community College by taking criminal courses such as crime scene investigation, to include photography, police administration and several others. Early in her career Ann Rule wrote for several publications geared for women, often focusing on topics related to health and mothering. She later wrote for the magazine True Detective under the male name "Andy Stack". When she started writing for the magazine in 1969, the editor suggested she write under a male name in order to be taken seriously as a crime writer. After proving her ability in several magazines, including Master Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Office Detective she was invited to start writing under her own name, but decided to keep the pen name at that time in the interest of protection for herself and her family from her subjects. She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. 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 previous colleague on the suicide hotline at the King County Crisis Clinic. She has also met and interviewed a number of other serial killers in the course of researching her books.She has been writing fulltime since 1969 and has published more than 20 books and 1,400 articles, and she also teaches seminars to law enforcement groups. She was also part of the task force that created VI-CAP a computer tracking system designed to identify serial killers.
Published April 5, 2014 by Planet Ann Rule, LLC. 590 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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And Brown also emerges as a pedophile puppeteer who got the sister-in-law to perform oral sex on him when she was 11 years old and who talked his daughter into overdosing on pills so that her subsequent murder conviction could be diluted with an insanity plea.

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Rule expertly portrays a millionaire computer genius who masterminded the murder of his wife by his 14-year-old daughter, and later, from his prison cell, unsuccessfully plotted three more killings.

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Back in the early '70s, Ann Rule, a Seattle housewife, discovered she could pay some of her bills by turning out pieces for true-crime magazines.

Jun 07 1991 | Read Full Review of If You Really Loved Me


(An earlier book on the case became a TV movie, Love, Lies and Murder, broadcast this February.) In her afterword, Rule says that she suspects Brown, now serving a life sentence without possibility of parole, "detests women" and that he became the monster he is at least partly because he had "an ...

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In one of her best works ever -If You Really Loved Me - Ann Rule tells the gut-wrenching, tear-jerking tale of a young girl, Cinnamon Brown, whose only mistake in life was the father to which she born;

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