Analysis of the Case of Andrea Yates Essay

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The Andrea Yates murder trial was one of the most highly publicized cases of 2001. Perplexing and complicated, it appealed to the public audience for various reasons. A mother methodically, drowns her five children in the family bathtub after her husband leaves for work. Was this an act of a cold calculating killer, or was this the act of a woman who lost touch with reality. Is this a case of medical neglect, and psychological dysfunctions, or is this a battle of ethics and deviant behavior exploiting medical and legal loop holes? When viewed from a strictly medical, psychological aspect, Andrea Yates medical history indicates that after the birth of her first child, she began to suffer from various forms of depression and suicide …show more content…
This theory asserts that some individuals are abnormal in either intelligence, social acceptance, or some other manner that causes them to commit crimes (Ellwood, 1911-1912).
In legal definition, the McNaughten rule dictates that a person may be considered not responsible for a crime if his or her state of mind is in a diminished capacity, or he did not know it was wrong (fulero & wrightsman, 2009, p. 112). Because Andrea asserted that she thought about killing her children two years prior (McLellan, 2006)along with several inconsistences and the fact that she knew her actions were legally wrong prior to coming them, I feel the theory best suited for this case is that of the Classical theory. Regardless to the reasons behind the murders, Andrea demonstrated that not only would it be advantageous for her to do so, but admittedly thought about her actions prior to committing them. Andrea claimed her actions were due to her desire to save her children from going to hell and wanted to destroy Satan by way of her punishment. Although sorted indeed, she still felt it would be of an advantage to murder her children.
It is my opinion that Andrea Yate’s actions are clearly reflective of classical crime theory. After quitting her job as a nurse and the birth of her fist child, Andrea began to suffer from depression. She was

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