Andrea Yates Criminal Case: The Psychological Theory of Crime
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... “Andrea Pia Yates, high school valedictorian, swim team champion, college graduate, and registered nurse married Russell (“Rusty”) Yates in 1993 after a four year courtship” (Denno, 2003, p.1), when both were twenty-eight years of age. Before they wed, both agreed to have a traditional marriage complying to the teachings of Russell’s form of fundamentalist Christianity. This sect of Christianity, led by the religious mentor and traveling preacher, Michael Woronieck, was attributed by some to be a religious “cult”. Over the next seven years, Yates gave birth to five children, and suffered one miscarriage. Throughout this time, her mental health was declining steadily. On June 20th, 2001, Andrea...