Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Andrea Yates: Why did this Texas mom drown her kids?

In 2001, Andrea Yates, suffering from severe depression and psychotic episodes, waited until her husband went to work and methodically drowned her five young children one at a time in the bathtub.

Slideshow: The Yates family album

Photos of the troubled Andrea Yates and her family before she killed her five children by drowning them one by one in the bathtub on June 20, 2001.

Slideshow: Andrea Yates

A look in photos at the Texas mother found not guilty by reason of insanity after drowning each of her five kids in the bathtub, one after the other. In all the murders took under and hour, and when she was done, she called her husband saying, "It’s time."

Women Who Kill: Part II

The second of a two-part series about female murderers, featuring moms compelled to kill their kids, scorned mistresses and more.

Mom Accused of Chaining Up, Stabbing Son ‘Heard Voices’

A Lake Wales, Fla., mother is charged with attempted murder for an alleged Tuesday stabbing attack that left her 7-year-old son riddled with wounds. Investigators say Maisa Alvarez, 42, confessed in an interview that she heard voices telling her to kill her son. The boy survived, but in prior cases of mothers compelled to kill by voices and visions, the children weren’t so lucky.

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