Andrea Yates, born July 2, 1964 in Houston, Texas, was just another average American girl. She was a remarkable student and ended up being her class valedictorian at Milby High School in Houston. She went to college at the University of Huston for nursing and continued her education at the University of Texas, School of Nursing; she graduated in 1986. In 1993, she married Rusty Yates, a devout follower of Michael Peter Woroniecki’s teachings which communicated that if a mother didn’t bring her children up correctly, she and her children were doomed to hell. Andrea, convinced he was right, later referenced some of Pastor Woroniecki’s teachings in court. The fertile couple had four sons over the period between 1994 and 1999. In 1999, Andrea attempted suicide twice before she was treated for her post-partum depression which was already provoked by her present mental imbalance, the family’s overcrowded living conditions, and Andrea’s refusal to take her medication. The doctor told Andrea and Rusty not to have any more children. Andrea was prescribed medication and sent back home to mother her children. She appeared to be getting better and Rusty began pressuring Andrea to have more children. Andrea had her first and only daughter in 2000. Within a month of having her daughter, Andrea’s father died. All of this led to a mental break and on June 20, 2001, between the hour her husband left for work and her mother-in-law’s arrival, Andrea drowned all five of her children. She started with the younger three boys (Paul, Luke, and John), calling them each into the bathroom one by one. After drowning the three boys, she placed their bodies on a bed and covered them with a sheet. She then drowned her daughter, Mary. Before she could remove Mary’s body from the tub, her oldest son, Noah, came into the bathroom and asked what was wrong with Mary. She proceeded to chase him around the house before she could get him into the bathtub to drown him next to his...
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