Category Archives: Murder

Andrea Yates, Murdered her Children

Andrea Yates, born July 2, 1964, lived in Clear Lake, Texas (a Houston suburb) with her husband and five children. However, happy she was not. She was diagnosed with severe postpartum depression and schizophrenia and had tried to commit suicide at least once before she drowned her children on June 20, 2001, one by one, in the bathtub. There was Noah, 7, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2, and Mary, 6 months.

Andrea started with John, Paul, and Luke, and then laid them in her bed. Then she drowned Mary and left her floating in the tub. Noah came in, and asked what was wrong with Mary. He then ran, but she soon caught him and drowned him. She left him floating in the tub, and laid Mary in John’s arms in the bed. They had all just been eating breakfast.

She then called the police repeatedly saying she needed an officer, but would not say why. So she called Rusty, and told him to come home right away. After the drownings, she laid each on her bed.

Her husband, Rusty, a former NASA engineer, had left for work, leaving Andrea alone to watch the children – against her physician’s instructions to supervise her around the clock. His mother, Dora Yates, had been scheduled by Rusty to arrive an hour later to take over for Andrea. In the space of that hour, Andrea drowned all five children.

She was convicted of capital murder but has lived in a Texas mental hospital since 2007, when she was declared in court to be not guilty by reason of insanity. This decision outraged much of the public. They could not understand how a mother could kill her own children.

In August 2004, Rusty filed for divorce, stating that he and Yates had not lived together as a married couple since the day of the murders. The divorce was granted on March 17, 2005.

Andrea now is likely living out the rest of her life at the Kerrville State Hospital, a low-security mental health facility in Texas.

Sylvia Likens, Age 16, Tortured and Killed

Warning! Explicit images included in this blog post. 

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Isn’t she a pretty young girl? This is Sylvia Likens – 1965. She was 16 . . . when she was repeatedly tortured and then killed by Gertrude Baniszewski, a woman Sylvia was staying with while her parents, carnival workers, were out of town.

Sylvia was a sweet girl but Gertrude, who was poor and had many children of her own, blamed Sylvia for bogus acts. Gertrude evidently needed an outlet for her stress an anger, and Sylvia Likens was nearby.

Gertrude’s teen daughter, Paula, told her mother lies about Sylvia – making things even worse. Gertrude called Sylvia a prostitute and a slut and even “branded” her belly with a hot pin (along with the help of Richard Dean Hobbs, a neighbor teen).

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Gertrude encouraged her own children and neighborhood kids to go to the basement, where Sylvia was bound, and abuse her with kicks, punches, and cigarette burns. The teens would even untie Sylvia and throw her against the basement wall or practice Judo on her. She was also repeatedly made to climb the basement steps, where she was then pushed down them.

Sylvia was soon unable to control her bladder or bowels and was left in her filth.

The poor girl only lasted a few months before dying of malnutrition and blunt trauma to the head. Gertrude had the kids dress the naked girl before the police arrived.

 

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The house where Gertrude did her evil deeds is shown below:

 

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We should never forget little Sylvia Likens and what was done to her. Evil does exist, and Gertrude Baniszewski was filled with it.

(An informative movie about Sylvia’s story is called An American Crime and can be viewed on Amazon Video.)