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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


About the second or third day of reading the newspaper that month, in came the story about Andrea Yates.  It had been told in 2001, and here it was again, being retold.   I know you remember her story, the mother from Texas who drowned all five of her children in the bathtub at home.   She did this to protect the children from eternal damnation and to punish herself for being a bad mother.  She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but she was convicted.  Now, in appeals court, the murder convictions were thrown out because of false testimony, errors made by an expert witness.  This was now the story.  So frustrating to read this.

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