Yates has confessed to drowning
her children in a bathtub: 6-month-old Mary, 2-year-old Luke,
3-year-old Paul, 5-year-old John, and 7-year-old Noah.
Yates is a mass murderer.
perpetrated this massacre in Texas. Under Texas law, a capital murder
conviction where the death penalty is not sought carries a life
sentence with parole eligibility after 40 years.
the likelihood that Yates pleads not guilty by reason of insanity,
she could be confined to a mental hospital and eventually released
if a judge were to deem her non-dangerous to herself or others.
infanticidal woman could enjoy freedom one day in either scenario.
cannot be overemphasized: Yates deliberately drowned these children.
She hunted down 7 year-old Noah and drowned him with 6 month-old
Mary when he tried to escape the massacre. In fact, a police official
reports that Yates had been contemplating the massacre for several
will likely attribute her savagery to postpartum depression. When
this happens, we should remember that the overwhelming number of
mothers suffering postpartum depression do not slaughter their
is a 36 year-old woman whose victims' cumulative age was not even
half of hers. This was a pusillanimous atrocity.
apologists will underscore her depression and father's death three
months after Mary's birth.
is what I want to underscore: a baby alive for less than 200 hundred
days held down in a bathtub until her tiny lungs collapse, a 7 year-old
boy running for his life, caught and dragged to his death, and three
other children fatally submerged.
cannot shake the image of Mary, Luke, Paul, John, and Noah asphyxiating
in agony while Andrea Yates consciously claimed their lives. And
that image convinces me that Andrea Yates must die.