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 John Samuel Yates

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John Samuel Yates

Birth
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Death
20 Jun 2001 (aged 5)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial
Webster, Harris County, Texas, USA GPS-Latitude: 29.5151000, Longitude: -95.1236500
Memorial ID
22818 View Source

Murder Victim. On the morning of June 20, 2001 at 9:50 a.m., Police responded to an emergency call at the Yates home in the Clear Lake suburb of Houston, Texas. Andrea Pia Yates had made the call to 911 operators and told them "I just killed my children." Earlier in the morning, Andrea Yates filled a bathtub and, one by one, methodically drowned her sons: Luke, two years old; Paul, three years old; John, five years old; and daughter, Mary, six months old. After drowning each child, she then picked them up, placed them on her bed, and covered them with a sheet. Seven year old Noah, the oldest of the children, walked in, saw what his mother was doing, and tried to run away. Andrea Yates ran after him, wrestled him back to the bathroom, and drowned him also. Mrs. Yates was born in Houston, the youngest of five children. She had a nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center. She married Rusty Yates from Nashville on April 17, 1993. Their first child, Noah, was born in 1994. Andrea was diagnosed with depression in 1999 and later was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis which, it is claimed, led to her killing her children. Andrea Pia Yates was initially found guilty of capital murder on Tuesday March 12, 2002. She was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, March 15, 2002. On January 6, 2005, a Texas Court of Appeals reversed the convictions, because California psychiatrist and prosecution witness Dr. Park Dietz admitted he had given materially false testimony during the trial. On July 26, 2006, after three days of deliberations, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity, as defined by the state of Texas. She currently resides in a psychiatric facility in Kerrville, Texas.

The children were remembered with a candlelight vigil outside of their home after the tragedy. A visitation was held on June 26, 2001, and a funeral was held on June 27, 2001, at Clear Lake Church of Christ in Clear Lake, Texas. The five caskets were white and arranged in a circle. Their father, Rusty Yates, talked about each child while standing at their casket, then kissed them goodbye. He had photographs on display showing the children at their most lively and beautiful selves. Later that day, they were buried, three on one side of a beautiful headstone and two on the other side, at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Murder Victim. On the morning of June 20, 2001 at 9:50 a.m., Police responded to an emergency call at the Yates home in the Clear Lake suburb of Houston, Texas. Andrea Pia Yates had made the call to 911 operators and told them "I just killed my children." Earlier in the morning, Andrea Yates filled a bathtub and, one by one, methodically drowned her sons: Luke, two years old; Paul, three years old; John, five years old; and daughter, Mary, six months old. After drowning each child, she then picked them up, placed them on her bed, and covered them with a sheet. Seven year old Noah, the oldest of the children, walked in, saw what his mother was doing, and tried to run away. Andrea Yates ran after him, wrestled him back to the bathroom, and drowned him also. Mrs. Yates was born in Houston, the youngest of five children. She had a nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center. She married Rusty Yates from Nashville on April 17, 1993. Their first child, Noah, was born in 1994. Andrea was diagnosed with depression in 1999 and later was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis which, it is claimed, led to her killing her children. Andrea Pia Yates was initially found guilty of capital murder on Tuesday March 12, 2002. She was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, March 15, 2002. On January 6, 2005, a Texas Court of Appeals reversed the convictions, because California psychiatrist and prosecution witness Dr. Park Dietz admitted he had given materially false testimony during the trial. On July 26, 2006, after three days of deliberations, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity, as defined by the state of Texas. She currently resides in a psychiatric facility in Kerrville, Texas.

The children were remembered with a candlelight vigil outside of their home after the tragedy. A visitation was held on June 26, 2001, and a funeral was held on June 27, 2001, at Clear Lake Church of Christ in Clear Lake, Texas. The five caskets were white and arranged in a circle. Their father, Rusty Yates, talked about each child while standing at their casket, then kissed them goodbye. He had photographs on display showing the children at their most lively and beautiful selves. Later that day, they were buried, three on one side of a beautiful headstone and two on the other side, at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Bio by: Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson

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  • Added: 27 Jun 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 22818
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/22818/john-samuel-yates: accessed ), memorial page for John Samuel Yates (15 Dec 1995–20 Jun 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 22818, citing Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, Harris County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.