I grew up next to an uncle who is a schizophrenic, so I usually sympathize with the mentally ill. Usually.
In this case however, the sheer determination it takes to drown your own children, one of which struggled against you, don't make me think she was in the grips of her illness. It is more likely she was in the grips of some kind of fervent religious belief, and therefore not crazy, but determined to do what she thought she had to, whatever the results.
Who knows, maybe she thought God was testing her, like Abraham. Whatever her motivation, I don't buy the poor, crazy Andrea argument.
And I still believe the husband is responsible, not only for allowing it to happen, but didn't I read somewhere that the religion thing was his idea. I'm not sure, I could be wrong...
Yes but fervent religious beliefs can harm the mentally ill. That's why it's called a religious mania. My natural dad and uncle were both schizophrenics and there's a lot of mental illness in my family. I myself suffer. It's really hard to determine what a person would do in a psychotic state.
I think you're right about the husband and the religion thing. I'm not a big fan of extremism or fanaticism and I think the religion they were part of was both of these things.
I'll accept whatever the jury decides but you must agree that there are a lot of truly mentally ill people who really belong in psychiatric wards who are in prisons. Our society still just doesn't get the mentally ill yet. That's my real point. I mean she was in a mental hospital more than once and she was on Haladol so she did at least suffer from some delusions at one point.
I dunno. I guess we never truly will.
Now agree with me or I can drive to Texarkana TX because I'm just over here in Little Rock, dammit.