But the mental health system were not the only ones to fail Andrea. I think that maybe, just maybe, she can now get the help she needs. It took an extraoridnarily tragic set of events to get here. It may have been the only way to get her husbands attention. But maybe, just maybe, Andrea Yates can get the help she needs. But, I think that you are begginnig to see that this is more than a black and white case. There is far more in question than "Did Andrea Yates Kill her children?" Yes, she did. Yes, it's tragic. The question is: "Did Andrea Yates Know That Was She Was Doing, Was Wrong?" I claim, in her frame of mind, no she did not. Under the given set of circumstances, domineering husband, post-partum depression, and the particular psychosis she was suffering from, I think she felt she was doing the right thing.
Apoet, when you have a mental illness like this, your grasp of reality is very, very fragile under the best of circumstances. You add the stress of 5 chideren, and a domineering husband into the mix. Then you throw in no help. Well, you have a recipe for disaster! Yes, Andrea did the deed, but her husband set the stage.