Breaking Point

Breaking Point

by Suzy Spencer
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Breaking Point by Suzy Spencer

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE FORTUNE HUNTER

Andrea Yates, a suburban Houston mother of five, horrified the nation on June 20, 2001, when she dialed 911 and said, "I killed my children."

While her husband Rusty, a NASA engineer, was at work, Andrea filled the family bathtub with water and systematically drowned their children, ages six months to seven years. As her eldest child lay lifeless in the bathtub and the bodies of her four youngest rested in her bed, Andrea, a devoted Christian wife and former nurse, called the police to confess her sin.

The investigations by the prosecutors, by the defense, and by the press delved deeper into Andrea’s mind and history, revealing a disturbing web of suicidal tendencies, depression, and psychoses. While her husband struggled between his overwhelming grief and his loyalty to his incarcerated wife, an outraged nation asked one question after another: How could anyone do this? What would drive a mother to kill her children?

Drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews, court testimony, and medical records, including new access to psychiatric and legal files, BREAKING POINT delves deeper into an all-American family struggling with the darkness of a mental illness that twisted a loving mother into a killer obsessed with hellfire.

"BREAKING POINT is a truly spellbinding read."—Aphrodite Jones, bestselling author of CRUEL SACRIFICE

“Suzy Spencer weaves the dark threads of mental illness, infanticide, and punishment into a classic true-crime tapestry that is both thorough and gut-wrenching.”—Ron Franscell, bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT

"No story is more devastatingly heartbreaking than the Andrea Yates story. In her classic, BREAKING POINT, Suzy Spencer writes with conviction, nuance and understanding. A remarkable achievement by a gifted writer."—Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682302248
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 982,255
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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. Breaking Point was a Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Mystery Guild, and Literary Guild selection.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has earned numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and won an Audie Award for her narration of Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga.

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Breaking Point 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
of-course More than 1 year ago
It's unreal to discover how this tragedy did not have to happen
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.