|Originally posted by Kittyfoot
The point is that when judging by "media" we must bear in mind that you can't always trust their "facts". Are you sure that the truth is there because the "authorities" swear it is? They did so in the examples above. I see by the article included in this thread a woman who was very openly disturbed..everyone's saying "oh,we saw it for years." Yet nobody apparently thought to do anything..pretend everything's fine.
Now let's just suppose...just for sake of argument. If someone else actually did this thing,how hard would it be do you think to convince this poor sick woman that she had done it? What if they execute her and a couple years down the road the husband confesses? Do we shrug her death off with an OOOPS,too bad??
Okay, now I'm confused. Are you saying that you're not sure she did it? I'm not naive enough to believe everything I hear or read, but I do believe that she did this, not the husband. And I think most people in this thread do as well. It seems easy enough to prove if he was at work or not.
My point is, that she is guilty of killing her children (and I think that is a safe assumption to make, and one that all of us here discussing this case has made) but the dilemma hinges on if she was sane when she did it. And because of that, no matter what the outcome is, she should never walk freely amoung us, or enjoy the life that she took from her kids. The whole debate is, whether or not she'll spend her time in prison or a hospital. I personally haven't developed my opinion on that matter yet.
I can sit back and understand both sides of the coin. I can understand where the anger and lack of compassion come in from parents, and I can understand where others have sympathy for what Andrea was going through and that her actions weren't her own, and don't think she deserves to die. I think that people who have been there (where Andrea was) or have children have a different viewpoint from me, because I've experienced neither of the above. And because I haven't, it's easier for me to have a more non-commital view on this, because it doesn't hit so close to home.
I didn't mean to make you the acting defense team for Andrea Yates, I just didn't recognize the parallel between the innocent men and AY. Yes, she will have to live with people thinking she killed her kids, but she did kill her kids, yes her life has been ruined by this, but she did that, nobody else. Add it to the ever growing list of lives ruined by this atrocious act.
As far as her not being guilty of killing her children, sane or not, I don't think that's an issue here, but we can debate that as well.