Andrea Yates Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (Video)
A jury found that Andrea Yates could not be held responsible for murdering her children because she is too damned religious.
A jury found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning deaths of her young children in the bathtub of their suburban home. Yates will be committed to a state mental hospital, with periodic hearings before a judge to determine whether she should be released. If convicted, she would have faced life in prison.
Yates’ attorneys never disputed that she drowned 6-month-old Mary, 2-year-old Luke, 3-year-old Paul, 5-year-old John and 7-year-old Noah in their Houston-area home in June 2001. But they said she suffered from severe postpartum psychosis and, in a delusional state, thought Satan was inside her and was trying to save them from hell.
While I’m pretty sure that most people who drown their children are indeed insane, one wonders whether merely believing one is possessed by Satan is prima facie proof that one is insane? “She believes WHAT?” She must be crazy.
How much belief in the supernatural can one have and still be considered sane? Virgin births? No problem. Possessed by Satan? Insane! Is everyone whose religious beliefs go outside the norms “insane”?
How about Scientologists?