August 23, 2014
CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) - A man who masterminded the 1985 murder of his wife in a plot that inspired two books and a TV miniseries has died in a central California prison.
A spokesman for California State Prison, Corcoran said David Brown died of natural causes in a prison hospital Thursday. He was 61.
Anthony Bear said Brown was in a protective housing unit because of his notoriety for the killing of Linda Brown in the couple's Orange County home.
He was accused of persuading two teenagers -one his daughter, the other his sister-in-law and secret lover - to kill his wife. The computer businessman went on to collect $835,000 from the victim's insurance, including several policies started just months before her death.
The plot inspired the Lifetime miniseries, "Love, Lies and Murder."
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