Back in 2001, Andrea Yates made headlines across the country when she murdered her five young children. Her babies, who were between 6-months and 7-years old, were drowned in the family bathtub by this Houston mother.
After a lengthy and famous trial, Yates was convicted. That ruling was later overturned and she was deemed insane. And if you look at the facts of the case, you wouldn’t argue with this verdict. But now she passes her time in the mental hospital doing the strangest thing. She watches videos of her children playing and laughing.
What sick thoughts could be going through this serial killer’s head…
On June 20, 2001, Yates, who is now 51-years-old, drowned her children. Then she picked up the phone and dialed 911. Police responded to the call where Yates admitted she drowned her children citing postpartum psychosis as the cause.
From that point on, her story got stranger and stranger. Yates said that she believed she had been possessed by Satan. She thought that the only way she could save her children’s souls was by drowning them.
She was convicted in 2002. But the ruling was overturned in 2006 when she was found not guilty by way of insanity. In the 10 years since then, she has lived out her days in a mental hospital where she is carefully monitored and watched.
Her new home is the Kerrville State Hospital which is just 70 miles outside of San Antonio, Texas. A little too close for comfort for some residents in the area.
She will probably spend the rest of her life in the mental hospital, her defense attorney George Parnham states.
In a recent interview with People, Parnham’s partner, Wendell Odom spoked to the magazine and revealed some shocking details about the mental patient’s current state.
“I don’t think people understand how shy and reclusive and how afraid Andrea is, especially since all this publicity descended on her. She is truly afraid,” Odom said.
In the state facility, Yates is the only patient not allowed to go outside the hospital grounds. She gets few visitors, since she killed five of them off in 2001.
Instead, Yates spends her time walking outside through the hospital’s gardens and working in the crafts room.
During the last 10 years, Yates has made a lot of items many of which include aprons and cards. The items are anonymously sold and the proceeds go to the Yates Children Memorial Fund. This was a charity founded by Parnham that helps women with mental health issues.
“It turns a tragedy into a positive force,” Parnham told People. “It means a lot to prevent other tragedies in many ways. Now we walk with attorneys about mental health. [Local prosecutors] always ask me about Andrea in a very compassionate way. That’s a far cry from the position the state took years ago, when they sought the death penalty.”
Last year, Yates’s husband, Rusty, had an interview with Oprah. The great interviewer asked Rusty if he forgave his ex-wife. This is what he said…
“Yes,” he said, adding, “Forgiveness kind of implies that I have ever really blamed her. In some sense I’ve never really blamed her because I’ve always blamed her illness.”
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