Sunday, February 2, 2014

RUSTY YATES: MY ONE THOUSANDTH POST CELEBRATION CONCLUDES

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

January is so last month, so let's finish my one thousandth post celebration by going to #1 on the top of the pops chart. I don't know why this post is my most popular ever. Maybe because people Google the name Rusty "I Am An Asshole" Yates, and sometimes my opinion of him pops up. I never thought this bit of writing that I churned out rather quickly would spread far and wide, but it continues to draw comments, most of them anonymous and unpublished by me.

Originally published on August, 8th, 2011, here is RUSTY YATES: I DETEST YOU after 6,925 page views:

On June 20, 2001, I turned on the television news and saw an average-looking man walking quickly but calmly toward a house. As I recall, he stopped briefly to speak to reporters.


What was going on?


The man's name was Rusty Yates. His wife, Andrea, had just drowned their five children and then called the police to report her crime. The Yates had been married for eight years. 


Yes, five children born in eight years.


Are you there alone? the 911 operator asked Andrea. Oh, yes, she was there alone.


Andrea Yates was taken away by the police, her hair still wet from holding the children down in the bathtub she used to drown them.


Andrea went on trial and was found guilty. Poor Rusty. He had no idea she was dangerous.


But the truth will out. Andrea suffered from post-partum depression. The Yates had been warned they should not have more children. But their religious beliefs stated otherwise. They should have as many children as nature would allow them to have. So Rusty convinced Andrea to go off her psychiatric medication and become pregnant with her final child, Mary. Four boys and a girl.  


Another part of their religious beliefs was giving away most of their possessions and living in a small trailer for a time, before baby Mary was born. Andrea's family eventually pressured Rusty into buying a house for his wife and children.


Andrea became increasingly depressed and there were suicide attempts. She experienced hallucinations and would not always feed the children because she thought they were too fat. Rusty was told by a psychiatrist that  Andrea should not be left alone with the children. 
Ignoring this warning, Rusty decided that Andrea should be alone with the children every morning for an hour after he left for work and for an hour every evening. It was good for her, he decided. She shouldn't become dependent on other people to take care of her children.
     
    So although Rusty's mother was in town to help care for the children, she remained in her hotel room after Rusty left for work on June 20th, 2001. Andrea used the opportunity to drown the children. She believed Satan was in her and the children were not developing properly. They were destined for hell with her as their mother. So she saved them by killing them before she could make their lives any worse.

Andrea was tried, found guilty, and then eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity. She left prison for a mental hospital. With the relative stability of life in prison and the hospital, doctors realized she suffered from severe post-partum psychosis.

But why didn't Rusty go to prison for child endangerment? Why didn't Rusty go to prison as an accomplice to murder? He knew. The man knew his wife was desperately ill, but it would be good for her to be alone with the children. It would be good for her.

Image: Rusty Yates and Laura ArnoldFour years later Rusty divorced the wife he had failed to protect, just as he had failed to protect his children from a severely ill mother.




"At the time, I didn't think she was dangerousNone of us did."

"Man is the breadwinner, and woman is the homemaker. It's the way it's been for years."
--Russell Yates




David J. Phillip  /  AP
Rusty Yates opens the car door for his new bride Laura Arnold as they leave the Clear Lake Church of Christ after being married on Saturday.


Rusty has a new wife. They have a son.
    Rusty has a new wife. They have a son.



    Andrea languishes in a mental hospital, now lucid enough to know what she did and to know that her husband remarried.

May God help the second Mrs. Yates, their son, and any children they may have in the future. 
    When I was unwell and extra problems came up, the man with the small penis would say it was good for me to have problems; for example, it was good for me to have to go out in the heat repeatedly to walk the dogs when I was ill and they couldn't go out in the back yard because they had dug a hole under the fence. I ended up hospitalized. But it was good for me. Yes, it was good for me. Is this belief a sign of male insanity or just plain stupidity? 

38 comments:

  1. Excellent post and you are not the first one to wonder why he's free to go about getting married again and starting a new family. He smooth talked his way out of any wrong doing didn't he? Bastard. I said what you said right away when this case became public. I new she was post-partum. My mother had 5 kids and there were days she was scary just from the everyday stuff!

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  2. Thanks Barb. I'm glad I'm not alone. Rusty has made me sick ever since the moment I saw him walking so calmly to his house and talking to reporters, always insisting he stood by his wife. He stood by her when he wanted to look good. The rest of the time he just plain didn't care and that's why those children died.

    Love,
    Lola

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  3. I've seen many cases where women have been charged with endangerment for leaving their kids with men who killed them.

    I also always wondered how Rusty got away with it.

    Seems sexist and unfair, to me.

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  4. Thank you for the great post. I will always wonder why he was not charged right along with her. He knew better.

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  5. Rusty Yates was and is an imbecile. He never cared about his wife or his children. Imagine living in a converted school bus raising 5 kids under 6years old--- not being allowed to use disposable diapers as it was sinful--- homeschooling-------add to the mix she was caring for her demented father who died. Praise the Lord and pass the Haldol. This man is a stupid, self serving, demented religious zealot who is still running free ! How sad.

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  6. Those poor children. Rusty Yates is the guilty party in this hideous crime. He used Andrea like a brood mare, knowing she was severely mentally ill. He and his religious beliefs are responsible for this tragedy. I pray for Andrea and I pray for the innocent little children. Randy Yates should burn in hell.

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  7. He obviously has no shame..but we all pay for what we do. His day will come. I wonder if the new Mrs. Yates is having babies like Andrea did? Or does he all of a sudden believe in birth control? Shame on the law for not holding him responsible! There is a double standard here. He's probably laughing and making money of this tragedy everytime he goes on talk shows.

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  8. Thanks for this post. Rusty Yates bears a HUGE responsibility for the death of his children. I also wondered why he was not charged when the truth of actions came out.

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  9. Yes it is sad that he's free to go on with his life,when he knew his wife was mentally ill..

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  10. I wonder if he controls the new wife as he did Andrea. He is/was a NASA Scientist and knew just how psychotic his wife was.

    Now he has his freedom...or does he?

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  11. One can only hope that Andrea will realize she was not to blame and will find peace. We all know who the guilty party is and his judgment day will come. I cannot believe someone was sick enough to marry the man after all that happened. Wonder what the new children will think about their father (if they can think for themselves) when they grow up!

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  12. So glad I'm not the only one that finds him criminally negligent. His narcissim and self-righteousness was very much a factor in this tragedy.

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  13. And here we find the crowd that wants to charge a man with killing his five kids even though he was at work. America's got a lot of problems, not the least of which is the fervor of people demanding their version of justice. The guy is a religious weirdo and he was definitely a piece of crap for a husband and father, but he committed no crime. Wash your foaming mouths you rabid freaks.

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    1. Matt: There are laws concerning criminal negligence and reckless endangerment that certainly do apply in this case. There is failure to protect. Randy Yates insisted that his wife go off of her psychosis medication, against doctor's recommendations, to become pregnant for the fifth time, also against doctor's recommendations. Randy Yates insisted that his psychotic, suicidal wife remain alone, against doctors' recommendations, in the house with his five children, even after she'd filled the tub and made comments alluding to her intent to drown them the very day before. Rusty Yates is guilty of failure to protect his children. Rusty Yates is guilty of reckless endangerment of his children. He might as well have hired a hitman to come in and slay them--only he didn't have to. He knew it was only a matter of time before Andrea snapped. And he did everything in his power to push her beyond her limits. Up until the fifth child was born he had himself, his wife and four children living in a bus. That would have been extremely difficult for a healthy mother to cope with, let alone a clinically depressed, psychotic, suicidal mother. Incidentally, calling people with consciences rabid freaks indicates that you should probably refrain from entering into rational conversation.

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    2. Matt: There are laws concerning criminal negligence and reckless endangerment that certainly do apply in this case. There is failure to protect. Randy Yates insisted that his wife go off of her psychosis medication, against doctor's recommendations, to become pregnant for the fifth time, also against doctor's recommendations. Randy Yates insisted that his psychotic, suicidal wife remain alone, against doctors' recommendations, in the house with his five children, even after she'd filled the tub and made comments alluding to her intent to drown them the very day before. Rusty Yates is guilty of failure to protect his children. Rusty Yates is guilty of reckless endangerment of his children. He might as well have hired a hitman to come in and slay them--only he didn't have to. He knew it was only a matter of time before Andrea snapped. And he did everything in his power to push her beyond her limits. Up until the fifth child was born he had himself, his wife and four children living in a bus. That would have been extremely difficult for a healthy mother to cope with, let alone a clinically depressed, psychotic, suicidal mother. Incidentally, calling people with consciences rabid freaks indicates that you should probably refrain from entering into rational conversation.

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  14. Thank you for saying what I've said a along.. He makes me Ill. How about not getting her pregnant anymore as its well documented that pps progresses with each pregnancy? Getting her help etc etc etc.
    Seeing his smiling face makes me sick.
    Poor Andrea, poor kids.

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  15. What a piece of sh*t Rusty Yates is. Made her go off her medication in order to force her to breed despite knowing it was going to make her sicker. Can one be anymore of a narcissist?

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  16. This post didn't even show up in my reader yet, JJ. I came over to make sure I wasn't missing anything on your blog and, as it turned out, I was. You and Mrs. Shady are very much alike. She shares your opinion of Russell Yates and his culpability in the deaths of his children. So do I. If you watch Dateline, 48 Hours, 20/20 and similar programs, you know there are far too many men like Rusty in our society. They seize control, call all the shots and keep their desperate wives and children under their thumbs. Thank you for speaking out about this case and congratulations on reaching the 1,000 post milestone. On my chart, you're #1 with a bullet, dear friend!

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    1. Rusty Yates has a lot in common with X.

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  17. It is bizarre that another woman was on board after hearing this story. Can you imagine the first date conversation? "Have you ever been married?... Oh, you have?... She what now? And you what?... Uhhhh sure, I'd love dessert."
    Sorry to make light, but it is the only way I can process something so horrifying.

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    1. I can't imagine becoming involved with such a person, but a lot of women write letters to serial killers, offering to marry them. Ted Bundy received a great deal of "fan" mail.

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  18. I love your blog
    followed
    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I feel the exact same way on the Yates case. There's an interesting case going to trial in Florida... I'm sure you know, you're in Florida. Julie Schenecker.
    (This hasn't shown up on blogger yet.)

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    1. I don't know anything about her (yes, I really don't watch the news). When I'm lazy and just change the date on a post, then it doesn't show up in the blog roll.

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  20. Dear Janie, this tragedy must have been broadcast back in 2011, but I don't remember hearing about it. I share your outrage. All these years in which women have made strides and still they are not paid as much as men and more importantly they are not equal in the sight of the police. For many figures in authority, women are still the Eve-like temptresses; they are still the ones who are at fault when anything goes wrong in a marriage. And so Andrea Yates, for me, is a symbol of womanhood in the world today. A symbol of the tragic response of society. Thank you for reposting this, Janie. Peace.

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    1. The "mental health" care Andrea Yates received while married was inadequate and so awful. At times she was catatonic when she saw a psychiatrist or therapist, so Rusty would answer questions for her. Insurance limited the number of times she could see mental health professionals. Andrea Yates most definitely is a symbol of womanhood, and one we should keep in mind.

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    2. I must add that when Andrea was found guilty, it was because a psychiatrist lied on the stand and said a TV show had an episode about a woman who drowned her children and got off with an insanity plea. There was no such TV episode. When it was proven that the TV show didn't exist, Andrea was released to a mental hospital.

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  21. I've never seen so many "Anonymous" comments on your blog before! I'm with Pickleope. The first thing I thought was, "Why is this seemingly-beautiful woman with this FREAK???" I don't understand those women who are fixated on serial killers either. Of course, there are so many things I don't understand.....

    -andi

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    1. And I've deleted the majority of the anonymous comments.

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  22. People like that have no business having kids!

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    1. Agreed, but a woman who is psychotic can't make an informed decision. She has bipolar disorder and alternated between extreme mania and horrible depression, exacerbated by post-partum depression.

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  23. I remember this. And I thought he should have been charged with something, too!! He knew. He was warned. Good luck to the new wife. But...speaking of being forewarned...

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    1. He's been married for a few years now. They may have a dozen children because of his belief system. Excessive religiosity is a symptom of mania, so I can understand why Andrea was confused and did wrong. What reason does Rusty have?

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  24. I don't know how I missed this post. I have a good friend (a prison chaplain) who is now close to Andrea. She says Andrea is a warm, loving, intelligent woman who has huge anguish inside her. I agree with you. He should have been prosecuted.

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    1. Oh, Shelly. That breaks my heart. She has to live with what she did, while Rusty can spend the rest of his life doing whatever he wants. I wish I could put my arms around her and protect her. I read an excellent book about her case some years ago. I think it was called "Are You There Alone?". It bothers me so much that he thought it was good for her to be alone with the children when he'd been told she shouldn't be, just as X would go off and leave me with all sorts of worries and problems (mental and physical) to handle alone because he said it was good for me. He nearly drove me to my death. I wonder if that's common with selfish men - that they think it's good for women to suffer and not be dependent on help no matter how desperate the situation.

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