Everyone remembers this horrible story about a woman who took all 5 of her kids, one by one and drowned them in her Houston home in Texas. However, nobody could believe it! They said that she suffered from “postpartum psychosis”. Her children ranged in age from 6 months to 7 years all and after she did this, she proceeded to call 911 to report the incident.
Her name was Andrea Yates and 5 years after that day, in 2006, her conviction was overturned and she was therefore not guilty of murdering her 5 children by reason of insanity. Since then, she has been in mental institution and continues to live with the horror of what she has done.
Not many people can find it in their hearts to forgive such a travesty because there are no words to describe the loss that ensued. According to her defense attorney, she is probably going to spend the rest of her life at Kerrville State Hospital located 70 miles outside of San Antonio Texas. He says, “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.”
However, nobody can understand the methodical madness that she maintained in order to carry our her rampage on her 5 beautiful children even though her ex-husband told Oprah Winfrey that he has forgiven her for what she did to their family. He says, “Forgiveness kind of implies that I have never really blamed her. In some sense, I’ve never really blamed her because I’ve always blamed her illness.”
She is the only person at Kerrville State Hospital who is not allowed to go outside the grounds and spends her time creating aprons, art and other crafts that she sells anonymously for the Yates Children Memorial Fund which was founded by Parnham and his wife Mary. Parnham said, “It turns a tragedy into a positive force. It means a lot to prevent other tragedies in many ways. Now we talk with attorneys about mental health.”
Yates still watches home videos of her children and remembers what it was like to be a family.