If retried, do you think Andrea Yates will be convicted again in the drowning murders of her children?
think Yates will be retried and convicted. While I agree Amlord that “this is one of the most heinous crimes in the past decade.” I don’t think she should have been convicted of capital murder in the first place. Yates had a long history of mental illness, that including two suicide attempts. This does not mean that I think she should be walking the streets.
Perhaps we need to come up with some options other than prison or execution for people who function well while taking prescribed medications, but are a danger to themselves and others when they quit. I think confining her to a state mental facility for life would be more appropriate. Unfortunately, people who are stabilized by medications are deemed ready to resume their place in society. I think this is a mistake. Andrea Yates' symptoms were treated, but she and others caught in this “web” are never cured.
This catch 22 has burned us in the past and will undoubtedly do so in the future. Perhaps the Texas legislature could do something
constructive for a change and explore some alternatives in its session that starts January 16. Perhaps this decision will spur them into actually confronting a problem.
Michael Woroniecki: Michael Woroniecki was a traveling minister from whom Rusty purchased their bus and whose religious views had influenced both Rusty and Andrea. Rusty only agreed with some of Woroniecki's ideas but Andrea embraced the extremist sermons. He preached, "the role of women is derived from the sin of Eve and that bad mothers who are going to hell create bad children who will go to hell." Andrea was so totally captivated by Woroniecki that Rusty and Andrea's family grew concerned.
Yates, like others, had plenty of help getting to the point of the murders. One was evangelist Michael Woroniecki, (I think Wrong-iecki
is more appropriate) who diagnosed her “spiritual” condition by correspondence, accusing her in a series of letters of being a wicked Jezebel among other things. The problem is that someone with Yates' psychological make-up cannot evaluate clowns like Woroniecki to determine what might be true and what quite obviously is false. Religion does not automatically equal good and people like Woroniecki are rarely interested in anyone's well being but their own.
Their Living Conditions: Rusty accepted work in Florida in 1996 and the family moved into a 38-foot travel trailer in Seminole, FL While in Florida, Andrea got pregnant, but miscarried. In 1997 they returned to Houston and lived in their trailer because Rusty wanted to "live light." The next year. Rusty decided to purchase a 350-square-foot, renovated bus which became their permanent home. Luke was born bringing the number of children to four. Living conditions were cramped and Andrea's insanity began to surface.
Under Woroniecki’s tutelage, the Yates moved into squalid living conditions.http://crime.about.com/od/current/p/andreayates.htm
Court TV had an hour long program on Yates last night. Their page links to quite a bit of information on the Yates case.http://www.courttv.com/home_news/index.htmlWould you have overturned the conviction based on the inaccuracy of Dietz's testimony - given the fact that Yates admits to the murders?
Of course, since the testimony of psychiatrist, Dr. Park Dietz, offset that of defense psychiatrists.