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One day, Andrea Yates was a loving mother. The next, the nation was shocked by the death of her five innocent children...

The 911 call that shocked the country. "I just killed my children." Why were they killed?

On June 20, 2001, in a middle-class Houston suburb, Andrea Yates and her husband Russell, a NASA engineer, prepared for the routine week-day ahead. But before the morning was over, tragedy would strike...

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Overview

One day, Andrea Yates was a loving mother. The next, the nation was shocked by the death of her five innocent children...

The 911 call that shocked the country. "I just killed my children." Why were they killed?

On June 20, 2001, in a middle-class Houston suburb, Andrea Yates and her husband Russell, a NASA engineer, prepared for the routine week-day ahead. But before the morning was over, tragedy would strike the quiet family and turn the day into a nightmare. Shortly before 10 a.m., Andrea calmly summoned the police with a grim confession...

One by one, Andrea Yates' children, ages 6 months to 7 years, had been drowned in their bathtub. No one who knew Andrea could picture the devoted mother capable of such an unbelievable crime or imagine the terror in the eyes of her trusting children. As their father struggled between overwhelming grief and loyalty to his imprisoned wife, an outraged nation struggled with an unfathomable question...

Breaking Point provides a harrowing portrait of the suffocating darkness at the heart of one all-American family, and exposes the private demons that pushed a mother over the edge.

With 8 pages of photographs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312983093
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Suzy Spencer wrote the controversial true crime book Wasted, a 1999 Violet Crown Book Award finalist, as well as Wages of Sin. Spencer is the recipient of two Chilton Editorial Awards and a three-time semi-finalist in the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Awards. She holds a Masters of Professional Writing and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Southern California. She lives in Texas.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Fascinating

    It's unreal to discover how this tragedy did not have to happen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    Don't feel bad for her.....

    Don't feel bad for her she choose to go off of her meds. I also suffer from depression and panic attacks. However I have never once ever thought of harming my children. Mental Defect is no excuse for murdering your children. EVER!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    I have no sympathy for her.......

    It makes me sick to think how she killed her own children. She dont deserve to live and I am sick of people blaming their stupidy on depression or whatever sickness they might have. That is no excuse and anyone who sides with her or her family should be ashamed of themselves! Take your children somewhere safe until you feel you are well dont kill them! Everyone has ups and downs in their lives but we learn to deal with it. If she was this sick she shouldnt have been having kids to add to her stress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    SHE failed herself and those children.

    Sorry, I do not feel any differently about Andrea Yates now than I did before I read the book. I read this book hoping it would change my mind but all it did was make me angrier at both of the Yates and solidify my convictions. The system did not fail her. As this book makes abundantly clear over and over, she and her husband knew the risks of her quitting her medication and they chose to assume those risks. She knew what she had been like before she was on the medication and she quit. As her husband said, they took the 'chance' because 'If you were told you could have a new Mercedes but you would have a terrible cold for about two weeks, what would you choose?' Come on -- THEY KNEW what would happen, those poor children didn't. She and her husband had the right to assume the risk of her stopping her medication for themselves; they did NOT have the right to assume that risk for those children. They are both selfish, selfish people. Personally, I think he is as guilty as she is and should have been prosecuted for negligent homicide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    A Tragedy

    I also believed Andrea Yates should get the death penalty before reading this book. After I finished I had a different view of this woman. It just breaks my heart to know that these precious children may still be alive if the system did not fail her. It is such a tragedy and it makes me cry. My heart goes out to Andrea and her family and especially to these beautiful angels whose lives were lost at such a tender age. Hopefully this book can be a wake up call for others to take depression more seriously and to help those with this devastating illness get the help they need. This was a woman who seemed like the perfect mother but lived with these demons for so long but could not get the intervention she so desperately needed from the medical community. Please do not let these beautiful children's deaths be in vain. I would recommend everyone to read this book. It gives much more insight than what the media has reported.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Well Written True Crime

    Before I read this book, I wanted to see Andrea Yates get the Death Penalty. Anyone who could kill their own children the way she did, didn't deserve anything less. But as I read this book, I came to see the Andrea Yates I never knew about. The mental problems, the problems with doctors. When I was done reading this book, I had other thoughts about her. This is a tastefully written book. It tells the story that the trial couldn't. A story of feelings and concerns that if she would have gotten the help that she needed,would her children be alive today? This is a 'must read' book for anyone who likes to read true crime.

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