Are You There Alone?: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates

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Pocket Star Books, 2005 - Social Science - 404 pages
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On a June morning in a Houston suburb, a 911 dispatcher questioned the caller on the other end of the line:

"ARE YOU HAVING A DISTURBANCE?"

"ARE YOU ILL?"

"ARE YOU AT 942 BEACHCOMBER?"

"ARE YOU THERE ALONE?"

It took a jury less than four hours to find Houston housewife Andrea Yates guilty of the drowning deaths of three of her five children -- and a mere half hour to sentence the troubled woman with a stunning history of severe mental problems to life in prison. But beyond the media coverage of her heinous crimes, there is a story that only investigative reporter Suzanne O'Malley has fully illuminated.

THIS IS THE BOOK THAT INCLUDES THE REVELATION THAT LED TO THE OVERTURNING OF ANDREA YATES'S CONVICTION.

The updated edition of "Are You There Alone?" features a new chapter on the appeal of the Yates case, as well as personal updates on both Andrea and Rusty Yates. Having drawn upon hundreds of interviews -- with expert witnesses, close friends, family advisers, and Andrea and Rusty themselves -- O'Malley has produced a riveting true-crime account that shatters our notions about criminal law, mental illness, death-penalty politics, and religious fanaticism in America today.

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User Review  - carfor12 - LibraryThing

This book had me waffling many times between anger at Andrea Yates, for her brutal drowning of her five children, and anger at her husband, Rusty, for doing nothing, or almost nothing, so it seemed ... Read full review

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User Review  - justablondemoment - LibraryThing

As far as a reporting of facts go this book was spot on. The author was well researched and her devotion to the case was clear. But dry, dry, dry this book was for reading. Many times I wanted to put it away but kept hoping the writing style would change. It didn't and I was very disappointed. Read full review

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Suzanne O'Malley's investigative reports on the Yates trial appeared in the "New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine;" and on "Dateline NBC." She has written for the "New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, " Salon.com, and "Texas Monthly, " and has been a producer and consultant for NBC and MSNBC. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in New York City and Houston. Visit www.suzanneomalley.com.

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