The Devil And Andrea Yates

In the trial of Andrea Yates for the murder of her children, it is the job of prosecutors to prove that no matter how deep her psychosis, she knew right from wrong. As the testimony is making clear, in the throes of her illness she lived for months with confused thoughts not only about right and wrong but also about good and evil--because she believed she was the devil.

Through bouts of post-partum psychosis, the images and catchwords of the Bible became ways for Andrea to express her mental darkness. She received no guidance from established religious institutions; she and her...

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