Case Analysis of Andrea Yates

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“Texas is the toughest state in the country to win an insanity defense case”
Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, July 26, 2006

Andrea Yates grew up in Houston, Texas in a typical Roman Catholic family environment. Her family has been described as middle-class American family. Her father was a school teacher who taught shop. He would retire and then later suffer from Alzheimer’s. He passed away before the killings. Her mother worked to keep the house running and attend to the families 5 children. Andrea, born on July 2, 1964 was the youngest and considered the brightest of the siblings. She proved to be a high achiever coiled with personal motivation as demonstrated in her role as captain of the swim team, National Honor Society member, and valedictorian. She graduated from Milby High School in 1982. She went on to the University of Houston, where she completed a two-year pre-nursing program. Upon completion of the pre-nursing program, she was accepted to the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston from which she graduated in 19986. Andrea then took a position with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she worked from 1986 to 1994 as a registered nurse (Denno, 2003). Andre met her future husband much the way any other person might. In 1989, Andrea and Russell (Rusty) were both living in the same apartment complex. Rusty, “a summa cum laude graduate of Auburn University, was designing computer systems for NASA” (Denno, 2003) was described as popular and athletic. In a move that was considered uncharacteristic of Andrea, she approached him and began a conversation. With a simple and quaint ceremony, Andrea and Rusty were married on April 17, 1993.
On June 21st, 2001 the headlines “5 Children Killed in Texas” appeared in the New York Times. It was not just the deaths that horrified a nation, as they sat to drink their coffee and…...

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