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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (334 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne O'Malley Narrator: Becky Ann Baker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As a journalist, Suzanne O'Malley began covering the murders of Noah, John, Paul, Luke, and Mary Yates hours after their mother, Andrea Yates, drowned them in their suburban Houston home in June 2001. Over 24 months, O'Malley interviewed or witnessed the sworn testimony of more than a hundred participants in this drama, including Yates herself; her husband, Rusty Yates; their families; attorneys; the personnel of the Harris County district attorney's and sheriff's offices; medical staff; friends; acquaintances; and expert witnesses.

O'Malley argues persuasively that under less extraordinary circumstances, a mentally ill woman would have been quietly offered a plea bargain and sent to an institution under court supervision. But on March 12, 2002, Andrea Yates was found guilty of the murders of three of her five children. She is currently serving a life sentence and will not be eligible for parole until 2041.

O'Malley's exclusive personal communications with Andrea Yates and her interviews with Rusty Yates allow her to offer fully realized portrayals of people at the center of this horrifying case.

In Are You There Alone? O'Malley makes a critical contribution to our understanding of mental health issues within the criminal justice system.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/9/2014

    " How could a person - a mother - do such a horrid thing???? Suzanne O'Malley did a nice job of shedding light on Andrea Yates, her condition and how this tragedy was able to unfold right before everyone's eyes. I read this in an effort to try to understand why.... Still don't know "why" but definitely understand mental illness more and the dangers of complacency and denial in dark situations. Very sad and tragic, but hope in some small way Andrea's story can help someone else reach out for help or make sure a loved one gets the help they need. Sad... interesting... educational... and in a weird way O'Malley's words helped me find a place within myself where compassion lived for Andrea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aurora | 2/8/2014

    " This was a fascinating, very very disturbing book. I have overlooked it many times on the library shelves before finally deciding to check it out....O'Malley does an amazing job with this book; it is very informative and thought-provoking. It has a lot more "religious stuff" in it than i usually like, but it is a fascinating look at mental illness, the problems of diagnosis, and the problems of responsibility within the mental health field. Recommended, but eerie and unsettling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 1/25/2014

    " Very good true crime. Explores the backstory of Andrea, and her illness. Raises a question of what to do when "justice" isnt enough.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen Mantrop-utterback | 1/20/2014

    " read this because I lived in Clear Lake City where this happened. I know people have all sorts of opinions about what happened, but I have to say that after reading this book, her husband should have been tried as well as her. Her story is incrediably tragic. This is not written from her point of view, either. "

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