Andrea Yates – Houston, Texas (2006)

July 15, 2015 by PsychDrugShooters

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Last modified July 15, 2015


Andrea Yates (Houston, Texas 2006) – drowned all five of her children – aged six months to seven-years old – in the family bathtub in Clear Lake, Texas, a suburb of Houston on June 20, 2001. Yates, age 51 at the time of the drownings, attempted suicide twice in 1999, prompting her psychiatrist to warn her not to have any more children, but she didn’t listen and gave birth to another child in 2000. Suffering from postpartum psychosis, Yates was hospitalized after trying to kill herself by overdosing on sleeping pills in June 1999. One month later, Yates held a knife to her throat before her husband disarmed her. Yates was hospitalized on and off over the years as she quit and resumed her anti-psychotic medication. Her condition worsened after the birth of her fifth child.

In the hours before the killing, Yates’ husband gave her several prescription drugs, including a 300-milligram dose of the antidepressant Effexor, and, the previous night, a 45-milligram dose of the antidepressant Remeron with a 15-milligram dissoluble Remeron SolTab booster. Just one hour later, Yates drowned all of her children before calling her husband at work and calmly telling him to come home. More than four years after the murders, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.”