Docket No. S019773.

2 Cal.4th 1088 (1992)

831 P.2d 1178

9 Cal. Rptr.2d 596

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. BRENDA SUE OTTO et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Supreme Court of California.

July 9, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Laurance S. Smith and Mark L. Christiansen, under appointments by the Supreme Court, for Defendants and Appellants.

John K. Van de Kamp and Daniel E. Lungren, Attorneys General, Richard B. Iglehart and George Williamson, Chief Assistant Attorneys General, John H. Sugiyama, Assistant Attorney General, Stan M. Helfman, Martin S. Kaye, Ronald E. Niver and Morris Beatus, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.



Joe Otto's distrust of his younger wife, Brenda Sue, bordered on the obsessive; his anxieties derived mainly from her uncertain relationship with another man, Marvin Elmer Mark. To confirm his suspicions, Joe secretly tape-recorded Brenda's telephone calls from the family residence. These recordings captured a conversation between Brenda and her suspected paramour which added a new and horrifying dimension to Joe...

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