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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Andrea Yates - Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Seems the public, and most especially, the jurors, have forgotten the horror of Andrea Yates’ crime, and the circumstances surrounding it.

The day of the crime, a police spokesman described the scene:

On a double bed in a back master bedroom, four children were laid out beneath a sheet, clothed and soaking wet. All of them were dead, with their eyes wide open. In the bathtub, a young boy was submerged amid feces and vomit floating on the surface. He looked to be the oldest and he was also dead.
In less than an hour that morning, five children had all been drowned, and the responding officers were deeply affected.
The children's thin, bespectacled mother---the woman who had called 911 seeking help---appeared able to talk coherently, but her frumpy striped shirt and stringy brown hair were soaked. She let the officers in, told them without emotion that she had killed her children, and sat down while they checked. Detective Ed Mehl thought she seemed focused when he asked her questions. She told him she was a bad mother and expected to be punished. Then she allowed the police to take her into custody while medical personnel checked the children for any sign of life. She looked dispassionately at the gathering crowd of curious neighbors as she got into the police car.


Now Yates will be sent to a mental hospital instead of death row, and odds are she’ll “get well” and be out in a few years – no consequences, no punishment.

Our church has a ministry that goes out into the prisons and preaches the Gospel and has for 20 years or more. Over the years, we’ve seen literally thousands get saved through this ministry.

It’s not hard to talk to a man about his sin nature when he’s in prison having been tried and convicted of a crime. He knows he’s guilty. He knows he’s a sinner. Many times prisoners are ready to hear about Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for their sins, and many do get saved after hearing the good news. But how do you witness to someone like Andrea Yates, who for all practical purposes has been told by the system that she’s not guilty? She cruelly drowned her five children deliberately and methodically …but she’s not guilty? Why should she fear punishment for sin? As far as she’s concerned, she has no sin. She’s just “sick”. And she’ll get well.

There’s an excellent article on the Fox News site about the feminist angle on mothers who murder their children (it’s society’s fault). Here’s an excerpt:

Yates' videotaped confession to the police described drowning Mary, the 6-month-old, in the bathtub. As Yates was doing so, Noah, the eldest child at 7 years old, wandered into the bathroom and asked, "What's wrong with Mary?" Yates ran after the fleeing boy and drowned him next.
Yet, in newsprint and on airwaves, there are compassionate discussions of Yates' mental state. Blame is already shifting onto the shoulders of her husband and society for not recognizing the depth of her psychosis.
There are calls for greater funding of women's health issues. Yates is fast becoming a poster woman for post-partum depression.


As I’ve said before, without sin there is no need for a saviour.

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At 4:07 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

I'm honestly torn in two directions on this. Her crimes, obviously, merit severe punishment. But just as obvious is her mental state at the time of her crimes. Admittedly, I want to believe she was not in her right mind, and demonic influence is a very real possible explanation. Would there have been a greater chance for salvation in prison? Who can say? But the fact that her statements about saving her children from hell and the devil point, at the very least, to some manner of religious indoctrination, tells me her chances for repentance and salvation are just as likely in a mental hospital as in a prison... on death row, which she certainly deserves. As do we all.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

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We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

 

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