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.

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.

A Mother’s Failed Suicide and the Drowning Deaths of her Children

In 1985, Japanese immigrant Fumiko Kimura tried to commit oyako-shinju, or parent-child suicide, after learning of her husband’s infidelity. Pulled out of the water by passers-by, Kimura survived. Her two young children did not.

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