The trial of a woman who claims the devil made her drown her five children has revealed the effects of religious fundametalism on the mentally ill. According to the L.A. Times, Andrea Pia Yates lived in:
a home in which the husband and wife stuck to traditional roles. It was a home in which medicine was frowned upon, school systems were unacceptable and institutional religion was a tool of evil. Doomsday leaflets mailed to the house gave hysterical warnings against demonic influences that threaten young children.I cannot stress how serious the whole thing is: By the time a child is 14 or 15 years old, it's too late,the Perilous Times newsletter said. Yates' husband, Russell 'Rusty' Yates, read aloud from the tract during Thursday's testimony.
She had been receiving counselling, was suffering from catatonic states and psychosis and had attempted suicide several times. Religious Zeal Infused Yates' Lives, Testimony Shows, L.A. Times, March 1st 2002.