The Yates Odyssey

ANDREA YATES WANTED LOTS OF KIDS AND A SOLID FAMILY LIFE BUT LOST IT ALL ONE MURDEROUS MORNING. AS HER TRIAL BEGINS, THE DEFENSE WILL TRY TO PROVE SHE IS INSANE. BUT THAT BEGS THE QUESTION: COULD THE TRAGEDY HAVE BEEN AVERTED?

The first time Russell Yates ever saw Andrea Kennedy, she was in the water. It was 1989, and he had spied her sunbathing in a bikini by the pool of the Houston apartment complex they shared. She hopped in for a swim, and he looked on in wonderment as she steadied herself with her toes against the pool wall and stretched out to float serenely on her back, her long brown hair making a slow swirl in the blue water and her arms outstretched like a cross. She seemed so at peace he thought she might fall asleep on that bed...

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